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Lower it an octave and drop the bass note, you get xx3200 : it's almost an F7M chord, but with a b5 in it. You can also do x33200 and it's an inversion of F7M(#11)
 

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been using jazz-inspired shell chords lately - 7 chords with 5th removed from them. so e.g. :
8x88xx -> x878xxx -> 6x77xx would be a 2-5-1 progression in Bb major.
 

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Lower it an octave and drop the bass note, you get xx3200 : it's almost an F7M chord, but with a b5 in it. You can also do x33200 and it's an inversion of F7M(#11)

Good suggestions! That being said, I was trying to have a Phrygian chord (so I need that 1-b2). Your chords are Maj7#11, therefore more Lydian, but very cool nonetheless :)
 

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Anything with a b2 interval between the chord tones in it
 

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Anything with a b2 interval between the chord tones in it

Find me a couple that sound fun, I'm messing around and not coming up with much. I guess the question is more "what chords sound cool with a flat ninth", isn't it?
 

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Find me a couple that sound fun, I'm messing around and not coming up with much. I guess the question is more "what chords sound cool with a flat ninth", isn't it?
Its not a b9 its a b2 interval in the chord tones, I have a few favorites and ill post tomorrow :)
 

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Ah so literally just a semitone interval inside the chord then? Cause that's not what that other chord was. And those will be annoying to fret as well...
 

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Find me a couple that sound fun, I'm messing around and not coming up with much. I guess the question is more "what chords sound cool with a flat ninth", isn't it?
I like to use b9 chords in turnarounds like maybe E#9, A7b13, D7b9, G7 and resolve to Cmaj7

x x x 3 3
8 6 4 3 5
7 6 5 4 4
6 5 4 3 5
7 x 5 5 3
x 5 x 3 x
 

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Been learning lots of jazzy shapes lately. One favorite one I keep going to is a quartal voiced major7 chord with extensions. So from top to bottom, it's 7x8899. If I need a less harsh sound, 7x8879 works well too.

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been using jazz-inspired shell chords lately - 7 chords with 5th removed from them. so e.g. :
8x88xx -> x878xxx -> 6x77xx would be a 2-5-1 progression in Bb major.

Doing this a lot too, but I like to play it like this: 8x888x -> x87888 -> 6x7788 (same quartal chord from above). Also adding some alterations to the dominant chord sound really awesome, so I'll sometimes switch the second chord in that progression to x87878 or x87879. You can also start doing lots of diminished/octatonic stuff on top of these last two chords for some interesting flavors/options.
 

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Man, playing those voicings I realize how much I prefer playing chords that don't have too high notes in them. At least in most cases... I guess a dissonant chord with lots of distortion sounds extra jarring when you play it high up there.
 

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Man, playing those voicings I realize how much I prefer playing chords that don't have too high notes in them. At least in most cases... I guess a dissonant chord with lots of distortion sounds extra jarring when you play it high up there.

Do you have to play all the notes yourself?

Typically for chords and harmony I let the rhythm guitars do power chords and then keyboards/vocals/bass/lead guitar can do other notes to together form a chord.

Or you could play piano instead, that's a good instrument for big chords.
 

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I don't really write music as chord progressions first, then split the chords across instruments. I could try that though.
 

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Anything with a 9th on the top, always. Also, Maj/min chords, i.e. chords with a minor and major 3rd in the same chord. D min/maj add9 in standard tuning would be 203230. Funsies.
 

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I'm gonna chime in here with a shape that I quite like, rather than one single chord. The shape can easily be moved around, up and down the fretboard, but gives a few different flavors and chord and chord voicings. It goes through sus2, maj7, maj7(b5) and maj9.

Notice how the fingering stays exactly the same throughout:

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Bsus2/D:
X 5 4 6 0 2
Emaj7:
X 7 6 8 0 4
Fmaj7(b5):
X 8 7 9 0 5
Gmaj7:
X 10 9 11 0 7
Amaj9:
X 12 11 13 0 9​
Bmaj7:
X 14 13 15 0 11​
Cmaj7:
X 15 14 16 0 12​
Bsus2/D:
X 17 16 18 0 14

And then you are back at the "beginning" in the octave above the first chord. If you want to spice up the end of the sequence, you can alter the shape a bit to X 16 15 18 0 14 giving you a C#7add11.

I made a little thing using some of the chords (Bsus2, Gmaj7, Amaj9, Bmaj7, C#7add11, C#7add13):

 
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Sus chords and triads in general are also really cool; on maj7 chors they give a sense of partial resolving that I quite like.
 

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Caelumamittendum : it's a bit stretchy, but I like it (nice little clip, too. helpful!). The whole "slide a chord shape with open strings in it around" reminds me of what Emperor did sometimes, are you a fan?

lurè : yup! I'm having fun playing chuggy riffs where I replace the power chords with sus2 ones, so like x35533. Leaving the high notes in and ringing is pretty cool.
 

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Caelumamittendum : it's a bit stretchy, but I like it (nice little clip, too. helpful!). The whole "slide a chord shape with open strings in it around" reminds me of what Emperor did sometimes, are you a fan?

It's a bit stretchy for sure, and it's not a chord shape I'd like to switch too much in and out of, as I'm actually not very good at doing that, so that's also the reason why I thought sliding it around would be cool. I'm not familiar with Emperor besides the name. Will check them out!
 


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