Hi Mark,I allways notice in lessons that teachers over look some things as if I should already know it.You may have explained already but I missed it.Looking at chord charts I can do what it shows me to do but I don't understand why an add9 or add7 is called that..Explain why it is ,The placement on the string or what. I don't understand it.Thanks and keep up the good work.Bob Fortner
I can't find a place to "contact Mark", so I'm doing it through here. Hope I get an answer and an alert that there is an answer. Thanks.
I asked my son, who is a certified sound engineer and is very familiar with guitar chord sounds and more, also a sound instructor at a local college......asked him to be honest with me and critique my strumming. He wrote back that he felt my strumming was too deliberate.
I then told him that I knew I was guilty of putting too much accent on the first chord when I make a chord change and asked if that is what he meant.
He wrote the following back: no I mean rigid to the beat a bit robotic--then you sing with proper rhythm feeling over it. This sounds awkward... Solution is to relax and let strumming have human, not robotic beat clock.
I don't know exactly how to interprit this response. Can you help at all.....make it clearer for me? I don't want to ask my son again. Hope you understand.
Mesa Arizona P.S. I'm not upset or anything, just want to understand it.
The answer is purely in music theory. In a few words an add9 means that it adds the 9th note to that particular chord you are playing... Here is a good explanation from Wikipedia: