The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #35731   Message #497499
Posted By: M.Ted
03-Jul-01 - 10:52 AM
Thread Name: What the 'F'! The sequel.
Subject: RE: What the 'F'! The sequel.
53, that Eb has the 3rd on the bottom, which, for a lot of purposes, is an odd kind of sound--In my trusty book, "The Mel Bay Chord System for Rhythm and Orchestral Guitar", he uses 6-X-5--3-4-X, This isn't a barre chord at all-- he puts the pinky on the the Low E string, 6th fret, and has the index on the G string, fourth fret--but it is a real powerful, chord--The inversion is often called the Sixth Chord, because the interval at the bottom is a major 6th--Bb-G-Bb-Eb, Fundamental is at the top. If you play the two chords next to each other, you will be surprised at how much more punch the 6th has, even though there are fewer notes played--


I was the first kid on my block to have the Bear Family Merle Travis Boxed set--and I would never say anything against the boy--I say use your thumb when you need it--I was just responding to Marion's comment that she didn't see why anyone would ever use the full barre F--

Back in the psychedelic 60's, when there was powerful distain for country music in some quarters, I used to hang out at a music store with an old fellow who was quite an accomplished Travis picker--one day he was playing something for me when a classical player(who I also knew) stepped in and said, "You should never use the thumb, it's improper technique"--my friend handed him the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman he was playing, and said, "Fine--Show me another way to play it, then"--