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C# or Db? Who cares as long as you can jam to it!

We have discussed almost all the basic chords in this section. Time to highlight the more advanced triads. This week the spotlight will be on the C#, also known as the Db. Now, why is that so? We’ll give you an explanation below. Follow our Instagram for more Chordify awesomeness!

The scale of C# consists of the notes C#, D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, and B#. Its enharmonic equivalent is the Db scale, which consists of Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bb, and C. I can hear you thinking: “Enharmonic what?”

Don’t be scared. This is just saying that an interval, note or chord can have different names while sounding the same. It’s all a matter of perspective. Do you flatten the D, or do you sharpen the C? The tone remains the same.

Ready or Not – Fugees

Enthralling, isn’t it, music theory? But it’s definitely not as much fun as jamming. “Ready or Not” we’re moving on to the next section: the part where you play along. First of all, let’s get this straight, they don’t make songs like this anymore. Wyclef Jean’s slick guitar parts and soothing melodies, intertwining with a thick beat; ah, the good old ’90’s!

The song itself is not that difficult for the advanced beginner. It mainly consists of barre chords, and they’re less hard to play than their names might suggest. For example, the Bbm is just a lowered Bm finger placement. The Ebm is, as you can probably guess by now, the same grip as the barre chord Em on the seventh position, only now played on the sixth fret. For the beginner, we recommend using the Chordify capo function on the first fret.

Red Red Wine – UB40

And now that we’re reminiscing about the past; let’s talk about UB40’s “Red Red Wine“, which takes us back almost four decades. Fun fact: did you know that UB40 covered this song from Neil Diamond? His version, however, is a lot darker than the cheerful approach of the British boys.

The chord progression of this song looks very much like a standard sequence of triads. The difference is that all the chords you see are played one semitone lower. You can solve this by using the capo function, placing it on the first fret, by transposing the song to D using the transpose function, or by playing around on the guitar neck and trying to solve this difference of a semitone with barre chords.

Holding On – War on Drugs

Playing along with all those evergreens is nice, but you also have to keep your setlist a bit up to date. The War on Drugs is a band that has been very successful with their indie rock in recent years. The track “Holding On” provides a broad spectrum of chords and is a good opportunity to practice quick finger work.

If you’re a beginner you can put the capo on the first fret to make the chord progression more accessible – as goes for all songs in the article. If you don’t, a good training in barre triads awaits you. Remember that it is not a matter of either/or, but a case of and/and. You can easily play the track in D for an audience, but practice it in Db for training’s sake.

She – Elvis Costello

It’s not February yet, but that gives you enough time to practice the song “She” by Elvis Costello for Valentine’s Day. The “Nothing Hill” soundtrack may be an old one, but it remains striking. Just like true love.

Although the track sounds nice and laid back the chord progression is far from a walk in the park. It is a succession of triads at fast pace. Good for the advanced guitarist or pianist. Because after all, you can also use Chordify for your keys from time to time.

You and Your Blues – Van Halen

We wrap up this chord of the week with some rock vibes. One of the biggest rock legends is, of course, Eddie Van Halen. In “You and Your Blues” you get a quick course in basic chords and how to use them in a rock song.

Don’t let the blues get to you even though the chord progression is a bit fast. If you’re a beginner, transpose the track to D or just try to practice some unusual grips like Gbm and Bbm. Whatever you do, do it with a smile. Happy jamming!

Rock it hard, rock it slow, Bm always steals the show – Chord of the week

Now that we’ve gone over most of the basic major chords it’s time to delve a little deeper into the minor differences. One of the best chords to play after the Am is the Bm. Do you know why? Because it’s the same shape moved down two frets on the neck. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. 

When you’re looking at chords you can approach the neck from different angles. The most obvious way is to look at each position separately. After all, they are all different chords. The other way is to consider that there are a limited number of shapes that sound different at each position.

That makes it a lot clearer, don’t you think? Just look at the Bm. You have to put your index finger in barre to simulate the nut, but in fact, the figure is the same as the Em, the Fm, the Gm and so on and so forth.

Green Eyes – Coldplay

The Bm scale from which the Bm chord results consists of B, C#, D, E, F#, G, and A. It is therefore not strange that variations on these notes can be found in the form of chords in tracks written in Bm, such as “Green Eyes” from Coldplay.

So we see that the A, the B, the D, the G, and the E form the basis for this song. These are beginner chords that are good for practicing as often as possible. Therefore this track is suitable for both beginners and advanced players. The latter should pay close attention to the touch. This sounds easy but is fundamental for the correct interpretation of the song.

Swan Lake – Madness

Rock ‘n roll occurs in many forms. Upbeat ska mixed with a touch of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” is a good example of this. Madness’ song has everything a pop song needs to find the edges of the genre.

The chord progression leads you along almost all notes of the Bm scale. Therefore it’s a challenge for the beginning guitarist. Although, with the loop function you can learn the song piece by piece. Pay attention to the ska attack.

911 – Wyclef Jean ft. Mary J. Blige

“Someone please call ‘911′“, because this track is sick! Last week we already had Wyclef Jean together with The Fugees, this week we can’t ignore it again. This track with Mary J. Blige is simple when it comes to the chord progression, so you can do anything with it. As a beginner you can just practice on the E, Bm, A and G chord scheme.

As an advanced guitarist, the guitar lick may be the bigger challenge. Pay attention to how the tune of Wyclef Jean subtly goes through the scale of Bm. If you really want to impress people with your jam, you can try to alternate between the chords and the guitar riff.

Move on Up -Curtis Mayfield

We conclude this week’s chord with a groovy classic. “Move on Up” by Curtis Mayfield is a track that appeared during the seventies in America. Fun fact: the original track is longer than nine minutes. To make it suitable for radio it was shortened to less than three minutes.

Because of the orchestration the song seems more difficult than it is. Although the tempo in which the chords follow each other up and the fingerings themselves are quite difficult in the beginning. Therefore we advise you to take your time for this. Start with the chords first, without practicing the track and only then play along. Cancel all your appointments, because this will make your weekend sweet. Happy jamming!