Unlocking the fretboard and being able to play chords all over the neck is one of the most useful skills for a guitar player to master. The ability to locate chords all over the fingerboard allows you to be really creative with rhythm parts – and it will help with your soloing as well.
A really useful way to begin exploring this approach is to start with simple triads—chords made up of three notes. In this video tutorial, Elixir Strings artist Quentin Angus takes a basic C chord and shows how to play “spread triads” all the way to the 12th fret and beyond. He also explains the theory behind chord inversions, making this short lesson a powerhouse of practical, applicable theory!
Explaining why he’s such a fan of Elixir Strings on his acoustic guitars, Quentin says, “I’ve been using Elixir Strings for 20+ year and nothing compares to them! The anti-rust coating makes them last, they feel great and their sound is a huge part of my tone!”
To get his sound, he uses Elixir Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Strings with NANOWEB® Coating 11-52.
Like what you see? Head over to the Elixir Strings YouTube channel for more lessons and performances. To discover why artists like Quentin play Elixir Strings, check out the full range of acoustic strings.