Chords Lesson

George Michael Careless Whisper

Difficulty: intermediate

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This lesson and quiz are inspired by this great breakdown from Music Matters of George Michael's song "Careless Whispers." The song features these big extended chords that have great shapes on the guitar. Study below and take the quiz to earn your badge. Practice these chords on your instrument and I think you'll find the progression beautiful!

Dmin9

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This common min9 shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), b3, b7, and 9. This shape omits the 5th, which is common.

Gmin11

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This min11 shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), b3, b7, and 11. This shape omits the 5th and 9th, which is common. This is a big and full sounding chord, a definite keeper.

F/A

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This F/A shape is an F Major chord with an A note as the bass note. This shape is also known as "first inversion." Even though inverted, this F Major chord is still only constructed of 1 (R for root), 3, and 5.

Bbmaj7

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This maj7 barre shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), 3, 5, and 7.

Amin7

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This common Amin7 shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), b3, 5th, and b7.