Chord Voicings and Chord Tone Identification

Here are some worksheets if you’re interested in working on visualizing as well as hearing where certain tones are placed on the neck and in the chord itself as related to 7th chords in a harmonic progression.

I don’t identify the interval relationships. That’s for a future lesson, but these are intended to show you the voicing of the chord on the guitar and then the root position stacked chord is on the staff below to show how the chord is built. I decided against the interval relationships from the root of the chord to simplify things for now. Sometimes it can get confusing when talking about a min7(b5) (Half Dminished) chord and trying to explain the tritone interval without first explaining what the tritone is (aug4th/dim5th). The first example on each sheet is done for you to show you what is up with the exercise. The great thing with these exercises is once you get a few chords in you start to recognize a pattern and it makes the rest of the exercises easier.

These are pretty basic. The shapes are standard and great to familiarize yourself with. The chord tone ID is also great practice if you decide to get in to chord melody composition and arranging. It reinforces melodic movement and recognition of what chord tone is in the top of the voicing you’re using.

The worksheets are available on the links below in PDF format for download.

Harmonic Progession 1
Harmonic Progession 2
Harmonic Progession 3