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    Unusual chords for metal rhythm.

    OK, everyone submit all their wierder chord voicings for metal rhythm! I'm mainly thinking heavy stuff here rather than chimy clean voicings and so forth.
    I'll kick us off...

    Here's a variation on the 'prog rock power chord' in DADGAD tuning (or whatever variation you like...Fellsilent tuning, etc.). This one sounds absolutely massive with distortion!

    d----5
    a----5
    G----7
    D----7
    A----5
    D----5

    In ADADGBE tuning, here's a fingering for the 'double-octaves' that Devin Townsend often plays in Open C tuning. These are a great way of using the extreme low end of the seven without it getting too muddy.

    e--------
    b---------
    G----7----
    D----x----
    A----5----
    D----x----
    A----5----

    On a similar note, here's another sus voicing, in the same tuning, which'll also work on the adjacent strings!

    e--------
    b---------
    G--------
    D----7----
    A----7----
    D----x----
    A----5----


    ...And here's a fingering for ninths, elevenths and minor tenths that works nicely with distortion. Alternate between the three and it sounds really atmospheric! You could also experiment with adding open strings to these. Again, these'll work on the adjacent strings in this tuning.


    e-------------------
    b-------------------
    G--------------------
    D-------------------
    A----7---10-----8---
    D----x----x-----x----
    A----5----5---- 5----

    Here's Trey Azagthoth's fingering for eleventh diads in standard. He call it the 'pipe organ chord'. You could try adding the octave on the D string to thicken it if need be.

    e-------
    b--------
    G---7----
    D---x----
    A---x----
    E---5----


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    Just thought of another! Quartal (stacked fourths) voicings on the top four strings can be really effective with distortion!

    e-----6----
    b-----6----
    G-----5----
    D-----5----
    A----------
    E----------

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    e--------
    b--------
    G---4----
    D---4----
    A---7----
    E---5----

    Power chord with an added 6th and 9th. Sounds great if you've got a riff using power chords and you want a particular chord to jump out a bit more.

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    e--------
    b--------
    G---7----
    D---7----
    A---9----
    E--------

    D Major chord, 1st inversion. Can be moved around like a power chord, and has a very different 'feel.'
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    The "Andy Summers Chord". It is a 1-5-9, no third, and sounds wonderfully ambiguous:

    e--------
    b--------
    G--------
    D---9----
    A---7----
    E---5----

    In drop-D, I usually add the twelfth (octave of the fifth) to give it a bit more meat:

    e--------
    b--------
    G---7----
    D---7----
    A---5----
    D---5----

    The world's most awesome D-chord. It is a bunch of ones and fives:

    e---5----
    b---3----
    G---2----
    D---0----
    A---0----
    D---0----

    Drop the high E string, and it is movable:

    e--------
    b---8----
    G---7----
    D---5----
    A---5----
    D---5----

    Major and minor diads, with an added octave. These have a nice "clonk" to them when used with gain:

    e--------
    b--------
    G---7----
    D---4----
    A---5----
    E--------

    e--------
    b--------
    G---7----
    D---3----
    A---5----
    E--------
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    The biggest A5 chord:

    e--5---
    b--5---
    G--2---
    D--2---
    A--0---
    E------

    The biggest E5 chord:

    e--0---
    b--0---
    G--4---
    D--2---
    A--2---
    E--0---

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    Quote Originally Posted by distressed_romeo View Post
    Just thought of another! Quartal (stacked fourths) voicings on the top four strings can be really effective with distortion!

    e-----6----
    b-----6----
    G-----5----
    D-----5----
    A----------
    E----------
    Is the root on this chord G on the D string? I see this chord more as an Eb 69 without the root.
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    Quote Originally Posted by telecaster90 View Post
    Is the root on this chord G on the D string? I see this chord more as an Eb 69 without the root.
    That's the beauty of those voicings...you can move them around over different root notes and get some pretty complex harmonies.

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