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NOTES ON THE 5TH AND 6TH STRINGS


CHORD FORMULAS
CHORD TYPE SHORTHAND INTERVALS
NOTATION
MAJOR CHORDS
Major I III V
Sixth 6 I III V VI
Major seventh Maj 7 I III V VII
Major nine Maj 9 I III V VII IX
Add nine add 9 I III V IX
Six, nine 6, 9 I III V VI IX
Suspended sus I IV V
MINOR CHORDS
Minor m I III V
Minor six m6 I III V VI
Minor seventh m7 I III V VII
Minor nine m9 I III V VII IX
Minor six, nine m6, 9 I III V VI IX
Minor seven
flat five m75, I III V VII
Minor eleven m11 I III V VII XI
Minor eleven
flat five m115 I III V VII XI
Minor, Major seven m, Maj 7 I III V VII
5 = A
6 = E
5
E
7 10
B
F
C
G A
D
B
E F
C
G
D
A
12 15
C B
F G
etc.
3
DOMINANT SEVENTH CHORDS
Dominant seventh 7 I III V VII
Seven flat five 75 I III V VII
Seven plus five 7+5 I III V VII
Seven suspended 7 sus I IV V VII
Seven flat nine 79 I III V VIIIX
Seven sharp nine 79 I III V VII IX
Seven flat nine
plus five 79+5 I III V VIIIX
Seven sharp nine
plus five 79+5 I III V VII IX
Nine 9 I III V VII IX
Nine plus five 9+5 I III V VII IX
Nine flat five 95 I III V VII IX
Eleven 11 I III V VII IX
XI
Eleven plus 11+ I III V VII IX
XI
Thirteen 13 I III V VII IX
XIII
Thirteen flat nine 139 I III V VIIIX
XIII
Augmented Chords +, aug I III V
Diminished Chords dim, I III VVII
4
6TH STRING ROOT CHORDS

1
6 9
6 9 4
M7
M7 +5
1 5
1 5
3



Major
Maj 7

+5 6 6
Major



6, 9 Maj 9 Sus add 9

1
6
6 9
7
1 5
1 5
3
Minor Minor



m11 m75 m6, 9


5
11
7

m9 m7 m6 m6

m, Maj 7

M7

1
3 9
13 9
9
+5
1 5 7
3




Dominant 7th
79

7sus 7+5 75
Dom 7th

9 79+5 79
5
11
9

9+5 9

79+5

95 11 11+ 13 139

5
5TH STRING ROOT CHORDS
M7

Major
add 9 Maj 7 +5 6
Major

6/9 Maj 9 sus

3 6
6
4
9
+5
+5
9
+5 1
1

1 5
1 5 3
R
Minor


m115 m11 m75 m6, 9

m9 m7 m6 m6

m, Maj 7

Minor


11
R






3
5
M7

6
6
11
9
5
7
7
1 5
1 5
3

Dominant 7th
79 7sus 7+5 75
Dom 7th

9 79+5 79
5
11
+5

9+5

79+5

95 11 11+ 13 139

9
+9
13
R
1 5 7
3

6
4TH STRING ROOT CHORDS

1
6 9
4
M7
5
1
5


Major
add 9

6
Major


6, 9 Maj 9 Sus

R
+5
3

Maj 7 +5

1
6 9
M7
1
5
3
Minor Minor


m115 m11 m75


5
11
7

m6, 9 m7 m6

m9

m9


m, Maj 7

3
13 9
+5
5
1
7


Dominant 7th
79 7sus 7+5 75
Dom 7th
5
11

R
3


9 79



9+5 9 9+5 95 11


7
Repeating diminished chords
C or E or A or G

Diminished Forms

E C
A G
G G G G
C13 F6
Key of F

ii V I
Gm9
Dm7 G7 Cmaj7
Key of C

ii I V
V
I ii
ii V I ROOT PATTERN
(with a 5th string root/I chord)
THE MAJOR SCALE
5 = A
5
VI
7 10
C
I II
D
III
E F
IV
G
V
A
12 15
C B
VII VIII
C scale
8
ii V I ROOT PATTERN
(with a 6th string root/I chord)
C79 Fmaj7
Key of F

ii V I
Gm9
Dm7 G9 C6,9
Key of C

ii I V
I
V
ii

Em7
iii
C or C/E
I
Dm7 F
ii I/III IV
Come down: Em7 Dm7 C
Em7
iii
Cmaj7 or C/E
I
Dm7 Fmaj7
ii I/III IV
Come down: C/E Dm7 Cmaj7
SCALEWISE PROGRESSION
(with a 5th string root/I chord)
SCALEWISE PROGRESSION
(with a 6th string root/I chord)

12 12

13
9

Dm7
ii
C D
I
C C/E
I II I/III
Come down: D Dm7 G7 C
SCALEWISE PROGRESSION
(with diminished chords)
SCALEWISE TURNAROUND/INTRO.
STANDARD SCALEWISE PROGRESSION
(Tiptoe Through the Tulips, Aint Misbehavin, Makin Whoopee, Glory of Love, etc.)

Am7
ii
Gmaj7 A
I
G Bm7
I II iii
Come down: A Am7 D9 G
In C:
C C | Dm D | C/E C | F Fm |
C/E C | Dm G |C C | Dm G ||
In G:
G G | Am A | G/B G | C Cm |
G G | Am D |G G | Am D ||
| C C | Dm G ||
I I ii V
| G G | Am D ||
I I ii V
In C:
In G:
10
CIRCLE OF FIFTHS
The chords inside the circle are relative minors, e.g. Am is the relative minor of C.

D9
V
Gmaj7
I
Example in G:
Em7
vi
Am7
ii
viiiVI (Circle of Fifths) Progression
I
V
ii
vi
Zig-Zag (6th str. root I chord)
Am
C
Em
G (F)
D (C) B
A (G) E
E (D) Cm Fm A
B (A) D
F G
Dm Em
Gm Bm
Cm Fm
Gm Bm
up a 4th up a 5th

11
I ii
vi

V
Zig-Zag (5th str. root I chord)

Example in C:
Am7
vi
Dm7
ii
G7
V
C6
I

Example in G:
Bm7
iii
E9
VI
Am7
ii
D9
V
G6
I
Dimestore Progression (vi ii V I)

In C: C6
I
Am7
vi
Dm7
II
G7
V

In G: G
I
Em7
vi
Am7
ii
D9
V
I
V
ii
VI

iii
Zig-Zag (6th str. root I chord)
iii VIiiVI (Circle of Fifths) Progression
12
V
I ii
VI
iii

Zig-Zag (5th str. root I chord)


Example in C:
Em7
iii
A7
VI
Dm7
ii
G7
V
Cmaj7
I
I GOT RHYTHM CHANGES
In G:
G Em | Am D | G/B A | Am D |
I vi ii V I/III II ii V
G G/B | C Cm | A D | G D B
I I/III IV iv II V I V
G ||B | B | E |
I III III VI
E | A | A | D |
VI II II V
D ||G Em | Am D | G/B A |
V
Am D | G G/B | C Cm | G D |
I V
Bm E | A D | G
iii VI II V I
C
* *
* *
1.
2.
or, repeat 1st 2 bars
BRIDGE
13
To read the chord solos, like I Got Rhythm, below, play the chord indicated by letter-name
(G, Em, etc.), and play the indicated tablature note so that its the top note of the chord.
For example:

G Em
3
4 9
5 9
7
3

Em
3
9
For:
Play:
In C:
C Am | Dm G | C/E D | Dm G |
C C/E | F Fm | D G | C G B
C ||E | E | A |
A | D | D | G |
G ||C Am | Dm G | C/E D |
Dm G | C C/E | F Fm | C G |
Em A | D G | C
1.
2.
BRIDGE
C
14
I GOT RHYTHM

Em
3
9

Am7

D9
5
8

G/B
5

B
8

Am7

D7
5 3

Em
3 5

Cm6

Cm6
8
8 10

Gmaj7
7 7

D9
5 7 5
1.

G
3

D7

15

2.
Bridge

G
3

B7
7 7

B13
9

E9
7 7 7

E7
5

A13
5 5 5

A13
7

D9
5 5 5

Em
3 5

Am7

D9
5
8

16

G/B
5

B
8

Am7

D7
5 3

G13
3 5

Cm6
8
8 10

Gmaj7
7 7

D9
5 7 8

Bm75
10

E9+
8

A13
7 7

D9
5 7 5

G6
3

G6,9
10

17
BLUES TURNAROUND

I
G
3

I
G7

IV
C

iv
Cm
6 5 4

D7

G
3
5 4

}
Em11

A13
10 8 7
7
9

}
Em11

A13
10 8 7
7
9

HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
18

}
Em11

Em9
10 8 7 7
7
9

A13
7 7 5
7 4

Bm7
7 7 7
5 4 8
7

Em7

A13
7 5
7 4
7
6 5

1.

D
7
5

D
7 8 7

2.

G
3 5
7 4
5

A7 D
7 5
7

19

Bridge
D7

D9
3 5

D79

D7
6 7

Am7
5 3 5 6
Am7
5

G
3 5 3
3

E7

E9
5 7

E79

E7
8 9

A7

A13
7 5 7 8 7

A13
5
Repeat 1st 8 bars
7

20
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
More complicated Honeysuckle Rose bridge
SINGLE NOTE SOLOING
Major Scales
&
# n

F. f.









2 3 5
3 5
2 4 5
5
B f.









3 5
3 5 6
2 4 5
5
&
b

Barre f.











5 7 8
5 6 8
5 7
5 7 9

D f.











5 6 8
5 6 8
5 7
5 7 8

ii V | ii V | ii | V |
I vi | ii V | I | I B
I IV | I || I | I |
IV | IV | II | II |
V | V ||
2.
C
BRIDGE
1.
Repeat 1st 8 bars
D C/E | F D/F | G Am |A G/B |
E D/F | G E/G | A Bm |C A/C B
21
&
#


Am (ii)









5 7
5 7 8
4 5 7
7


D9 (V)
b

n

b

b


7 6 5
7 6 5
9 8 7
7 6 5 4
&
# n

G (I)








3
3 5 7
2 4 5
5

Dm (ii)







5 7 8
5 6 8
7
&

G7 (V)









3 5
3 5 6
2 4 5
3 5

C (I)









3 5
3 5 6
2 4 5
5

ii V I Licks
22
I GOT RHYTHM SOLO
&
#
4
4
G

F f. major scale
Em


3 5
Am
.
J

D7

~~
3 5
~~~
G

Em




5 3 5 3
&
#
Am
J

D9

5 3 3
G

Em


3 5
Am
.
J

D7


3 5 7
&
#
A7

D7



7 ( ) 7 5 7 5
G


D7
J

J

3
3 3 3 3 3
&
#
G
#

Em


3
3 3 3
6
Am
#


D7




5
3 3 2 3
6

23
&
#
G


Em
3





7 5 3 5 3
5 3
Am
#


D7

3
3 4
&
#
G



G7



3 5 3 3 5 3
5
C



Cm
b

3 5 3
3
6 5
5
&
#
G
#


D7
j

3 4
5 4
5 5
G




5 4 5
&
#
B7

II-V phrase
F7 f.
3

#

#

#
7 9 7
9 7
7 8
b


#
B f.

#
9 7
7 9
9 8 7

24
&
#
E7
3

#

b

b

7 9 7
9 8 7
9 8 7
j
#

.


6
7 7
&
#
A7

F7 f.
II-V phrase



5 5
7





8 7 5 7 5
7 5
&
#
D9 f.
D7
b

b

7 6 5
7 6 5
n
3

#

N


7 6 5 7 5
7 4 5
&
#
F. f.
G
#

Em


3 3
5
3 4
Am




D7


3 3 3 7
5 5

25
&
#
G

#

Em




3 5
3 4 3 4
Am


D7

#

3
3 4
5 5
&
#
G




Em


#

3 3 3 5
4 4 3 4
C



Cm

#

3 3 5
4 3 4
&
#
G
J

D7
b n

3 3 3
6 5
5
G


#


3
3 4
5

26
&
#
#
4
4
Em

ii



A7




7 10
7 8 10
9
9
Em
3





A7



7 10 7
8 7
9
9
&
#
#
Em

#

3





7 10
8 7 8
9 8 9
A7





7 10 7
8 8 7
&
#
#

I
D
3




Bm



5 7 5
7 7 7
7 9
Em
b

A7
3






10 9 8 7 8 7
7
9 7
&
#
#

I
D







10 12 10
12 10 10
7 11
D



J

.
14 10 10
12 12

HONEYSUCKLE ROSE SOLO


27
&
#
#
Em

ii


A7




10 7
7 8
9 9
Em

V
A7
J



10 7
8 0 7 5
&
#
#

ii
Em




10 10 7 10 7 7
8 8 8
9 9
A7
J
b

V
j


J
n
5
6
9 8 7
&
#
#

I
D
a


Bm




7
7 7 7
9 7 9
Em
b

A7
3





10 9 8 7 8 7
7
9
&
#
#
D
J



7 7 9 9
7 9
D
3
n




3




10 9 7 9 7 9 7
9 9

28
&
#
#

I
D7





10 10 9
12 12


#

13 12 10 11 12
&
#
#

IV
G




3





14 12 10
12 101210 10
12
#



3




12 101210
1112 12 12
&
#
#
E7

II


#
12
7 8 9
9

7 9 10 9 7 7
&
#
#
A7

V
3





n #
7 ( ) 5 7 5
7 5
5 6




J


5 5
5
6
7

29
&
#
#
Em
J

A7

5 5 5
7 7 7
Em
j

.
A7
3




7 5 7 5
7
&
#
#

I
Em
#





5 7 5
5 6 7 7
A7

I


10 10
12
&
#
#
D


n #
Bm


10 12
10 11
12
Em
n #


A7




10
10 11 12 11 9
12 9
&
#
#
D
J



10 10
11 11 11
D


.
12 12
11 11
Em
3



A7
.
12 11 12

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WATCH WHAT HAPPENS CHORD SOLO

Emaj7
8 8 8 8 8 6
8 8
8

F9
8

F9
8

Fm9
8 8 8

B13
To Coda

8 6
8 7

1.

Emaj7

Emaj7

Fmaj7

Emaj7
8 9 10 9

2.

Emaj7

Emaj7

Fmaj7

Gmaj7
8 9 10 11

31

Bridge
Gmaj7
12 12 12 13 12 10
12

Gm7
11 11

C13
10 8

Fmaj7
10 10 11 10 8
10

Fm7

B7
9 9

B7
9 7 6
D.C. al Coda
9

32
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS SOLO
&
b
b
b
4
4
Emaj7

#

8 7 8




3
N




8 6
8 8 6 8 6
8

Coda

E
8 8 7 8

D
9 9 7 7

E
8 8 7 8

D
9 9 7 7

E
8

33
&
b
b
b
F9


n

b
10 8
10 8
10 9






8 8 10 8
10 10
&
b
b
b
Fm9







8 11 8 1110
9
10
B7









8 6
9 8 9 8 6
8 7
&
b
b
b

E
n
#

n
6 7
6 8 7 9
8 9

F
N

n

E
b
b
b
n
8 7
8 10 7 9
10 9
&
b
b
b

Emaj7
A



6 6
8 8 9


n b

n
8 7 6
10

34
&
b
b
b
F9


J
b
J

10 9 8
10 10 10

n

10 9 10
&
b
b
b

Fm9
3

n






8 1110
9 11
10 9 10

B7






8 6
9 8 6 8 6 6
8 7
&
b
b
b

E
n
#

6 8 7 9
8 9

F
N

n

G
b
b

8 10 9 11
10 11
&
b
b
b
Gmaj7
3

Bridge
# .

n

14 14 14 12 10
n


n
#
10 12 14
12

35
&
b
b
b
Gm7

J
A


b
10 10
11 11
12 11
C7

n

n



12 10 8
11
10 9
10
&
b
b
b

Fmaj7

n





8
8 10 8 10
10
J

8 8 8
8 10
10 10
&
b
b
b
Fm7






J

11 9 11 9 8
10 8 7
B7








6 8 10
6 8 9
8
&
b
b
b

Emaj7


8
8 8
J

g
g
g
g

J



#

8 g
g
g
g
g
8 8 8 8 7 8
8

36
&
b
b
b
F9

n

b
10 8
10 8
10 9



j
n


8
10 8 7
8
&
b
b
b
Fm

n





8 9 11
10
10 9 10
B7
J

J




9 8 6
8 7
&
b
b
b

E
J


J



6
8 8 8 7 8

E
n
D
J
#

J
b
9 9 6 7 8
Emaj7
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