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How To Build Chords
A simple two step method:

Banjo Tailpiece
5th String Conversion Kit

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1)  Learn the principles.   (A brief study of the two tables is all you need.)

The first table will teach you how to number the major scale and the function of each note within a chord. (It is easy, there are only 12 different notes.)

The name of the chord tells you what notes to include in the chord. The second table contain lots of examples how different types of chords are built and named. These examples are ordered in such a way, that you will understand the principles. You will be able to  build any chord on any instrument.

| Learn the principles |

2)  Explore your instrument.
I've made charts for different stringed instruments. The chart shows the scale numbers on the fretboard on each instrument. A simple tool that will help you discover every possible way to form any chord on your instrument. You will find lots of chord positions that are not found in the books.

| Explore your instrument |


It is very easy to build chords! It can be explained without a lot of fancy words, and
you don't have to read sheet music. Understanding chords really lifted my playing
to a higher level and opened a lot of doors for me. Hope it does for you too.

Anders Sterner


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