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    Default Memorizing Dominant 7th Chord Shapes

    Okay, this is a little strange...

    When I was learning the chord shapes for the dominant seventh, I tried associating the different inversions to the different elements.



    I wanted to remember each of them from the top string down.

    * Air has the Seventh of the chord on top, because the seventh is the highest part of the chord.

    * Water has the Root of the chord on top, because water is the root of all life.

    * Fire has the Third of the chord on top, because the third is an active interval, and activity is represented by fire.

    * Earth is stable, so it is associated with the Fifth of the chord, the most stable interval. Also, the fingering for this chord is kind of blocky and four-square, which reminds me of rocks.

    The drawing shows the D7 going up the fretboard (GCEA tuning,) but the mnemonic works for any key of course. I don't know if this would help anyone else memorize these things, because everyone's brain works differently, but I thought this was an interesting enough idea to share.
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    That's really cool!

    There was an episode of Friends where Phoebe teaches Joey the chords and she has interesting names for them ... bear claw, turkey leg, old lady.

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    Spoken like a true visual artist! Really cool. Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stackabones View Post
    ... bear claw, turkey leg, old lady.
    I wish I'd seen that episode! It sounds like she's thinking along the same lines as me. (I don't know, but I'll bet the turkey leg stands for the open D minor on the guitar. It kind of looks crooked like a bird's leg to me.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stackabones View Post
    That's really cool!

    There was an episode of Friends where Phoebe teaches Joey the chords and she has interesting names for them ... bear claw, turkey leg, old lady.
    I remember that episode! LOL Pheebs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy McCue View Post
    I don't know if this would help anyone else memorize these things, because everyone's brain works differently, but I thought this was an interesting enough idea to share.
    I don't know if this will help me or not, but I sure love this kind of thinking. Great job!
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    Very "I Ching".

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    that's very cool, thanks for sharing that

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    That helps a lot. I had taken one look at that drawing yesterday and now I just know those chords.

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    I'm glad it helped somebody else besides me.

    I almost didn't post it because it was kind of a strange idea.

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