In this lesson we are going to look at 5 chords. When I say 5 chords, I mean chords that are called things like G5, A5, B5 etc. rather than there being 5 chords in this lesson. However, by some stroke of higher power intervention, there are also 5 of these chords in this lesson. Confused yet? Furthermore, only two of the 5 chords are actually ‘5’ chords. The other three are an ‘add9’ chord and two ‘sus4’ chords. All of this is fairly irrelevant, the only important thing we really need to know about these chords is that they are modal, which means they are neither major or minor. This means that they can replace either major or minor chords. For example, you have two songs, one has an A minor in it and the other has an A Major in it. In both cases, an A5 or an Asus4 chord can be used to replace the original. Well, at least in 90% of cases anyway, and in the world of folk music that is probably more like 99% of cases. Watch the video below for more:
The two chord sequences we are using to demonstrate these chords are ‘The Unquiet Grave’ and ‘Three Around Three’. Below is the chord sequence for ‘The Unquiet Grave’. Remember, the basis of this lesson is making things easier by replacing the standard chords with our new modal chords. So when its says D we are using D5 as a replacement. G is now G5 and A is Asus4.
Unquiet Grave Chord Sequence
Three Around Three Chord Sequence
Folk On People! :)