Announcement: Releases “Harmony Guitar Lesson - Learn How to Play Altered Chords”

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In this blues guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jacques Darville teaches how to play altered Chords.

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Altering basically means that you are taking given notes in a chord and changing them with sharps or flats.

An Altered Chord is a chord with one or more diatonic notes replaced by an alternative note in the Chromatic Scale.

“Altering basically means that you are taking given notes in a chord and changing them with sharps or flats,” says Darville. Jacques demonstrates this concept in the key of D us a D9 as follows; 5th fret of the 5th string with 2nd finger, 4th fret of the 4th string with first finger and 5th fret of the 3rd and 2nd strings with 3rd finger. The highest note in this voicing is the 9 and by raising it one half step by fretting the 6th fret of the 2nd string with 4th finger, you get D#9 (D sharp nine) or you could also lower the 9 making it Db9 (D flat nine). Jacques says that you can add the 5th by simply baring your 3rd finger across the first string as well as the 2nd and 3rd strings or you could make it D9#5 (D nine sharp five) by fretting the 6th fret of the first string with 4th finger or make it D#9#5 (D sharp nine sharp five) by also baring the 6th fret of the first string along with 2nd string with 4th finger. You should experiment with different variations and discover new sounds to fit with what you are playing. Guitar TAB’s are available for this easy blues guitar lesson at

Jacques Darville

Jacques Darville is Danish born American who specializes in both acoustic and electric blues. Jacques has taught guitar and music for over 16 years. He is a graduate of Oakland University in Detroit Michigan where he earned his B.A. in music/performing arts. Jacques currently resides in Copenhagen Denmark where he teaches guitar to students of all ages, and actively plays with his band, Darville Duo. In addition to having a great deal of recording experience, Jacques has also toured in the USA, Denmark, Holland, Austria and the Philippines, both as a solo artist and with different bands.

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