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Thread started 01/09/20 1:59pm

Astasheiks

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Prince Guitar Chords?

To you Expert and Advanced Guitar Players, Did Prince invent any Guitar Chords never made? Or every chord he ever played had been played or existed before? cool smile

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Reply #1 posted 01/09/20 2:21pm

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I don't know about invented... but I always thought the Controversy chord was deceptively simple but powerful.

It's just two notes, E and F#. But he gets so much power out of it.

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Reply #2 posted 01/09/20 7:00pm

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Reply #3 posted 01/09/20 9:59pm

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Guitar chords aren't to be discovered like missing elements on the periodic table. They all already exist The same chord can be played different ways. You have the standard way to play chords and you also have barre or power chords. Prince didn't invent any chords but had an amazing mind for arranging all existing sounds. Think about the up and down scale of "Question of U". Also alot of his music was rooted in pentatonic scale. Prince was using simple chords pre-Revolution. The addition of Wendy and Lisa brought more complex "Jazz chords" that are more difficult to play like Bbadd9 or suspended chords. I don't know much about music theory but maybe someone else here that does can explain in better detail.
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Reply #4 posted 01/10/20 8:19am

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No, not as far as I know. I highly doubt anyone has discovered a new chord in several centuries.

BUT - Prince had a knowledge of chords that was extremely advanced. Plus, his imagination was just off the hook. So, you have lots and lots and lots of songs where he fiddled with different chords and that's part of what made him sound like no one else.

Check out "Last December" for some of his best work. Or, the recently-released acoustic version of "I Feel for You". Those are brilliant.

On the other hand, he could take two simple chords like E and A, write a song like "The Cross", and get you that way, too.

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Reply #5 posted 01/10/20 11:10am

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While TrivialPursuit try to be smart razz ...PurpleDorothy and RodeoSchro gave very good insight and information on what I was asking! biggrin Thanks for the info!

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Reply #6 posted 01/10/20 6:24pm

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Astasheiks said:

While TrivialPursuit try to be smart razz ...PurpleDorothy and RodeoSchro gave very good insight and information on what I was asking! biggrin Thanks for the info!

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It didn't take a genius or a troll thread on the Org to know you can't invent a goddamn guitar chord.

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Reply #7 posted 01/11/20 2:57am

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Not the chords, you can't really invent a chord and Prince didn't mess with alternative tunings, but some of the feeback, textural sounds he'd use might count.

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Reply #8 posted 01/11/20 4:17pm

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Reply #9 posted 01/12/20 9:29am

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He may have been exposed early to unusual chords via his dad's music.

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Reply #10 posted 01/12/20 2:46pm

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Astasheiks said:

To you Expert and Advanced Guitar Players, Did Prince invent any Guitar Chords never made? Or every chord he ever played had been played or existed before? cool smile

No. He didn't play a single thing on the guitar that hadn't been played before him by someone else. Neither did Jimi Hendrix, for that matter. It's how you combine all your influences into something that is unique to you, but there are only 12 notes repeating over octaves and every combination of them has been used. Prince was a lot of things, but he was not an innovative guitarist. He was a very cool guitarist, but Hendrix broke a lot more ground that was new at the time. Music doesn't work that way, usually. If a new musician (like Jaco on the bass), comes along, the innovation tends to be in the sound they make or the bring a new level of athleticism to the art. Prince used fairly normal guitar sounds 99% of the time and his athletic skill on the guitar was somewhere in the middle. The music was cool and that's what made him, not his playing.

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Reply #11 posted 01/13/20 3:14pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

Astasheiks said:

While TrivialPursuit try to be smart razz ...PurpleDorothy and RodeoSchro gave very good insight and information on what I was asking! biggrin Thanks for the info!

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It didn't take a genius or a troll thread on the Org to know you can't invent a goddamn guitar chord.

A lot people are not as verse as you in Guitar Chords. And besides its not something worth taking The Lords name in vain over! eek confused

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Reply #12 posted 01/13/20 3:14pm

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lavendardrummachine said:

Not the chords, you can't really invent a chord and Prince didn't mess with alternative tunings, but some of the feeback, textural sounds he'd use might count.

Thank you

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Reply #13 posted 01/13/20 3:15pm

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steakfinger said:

Astasheiks said:

To you Expert and Advanced Guitar Players, Did Prince invent any Guitar Chords never made? Or every chord he ever played had been played or existed before? cool smile

No. He didn't play a single thing on the guitar that hadn't been played before him by someone else. Neither did Jimi Hendrix, for that matter. It's how you combine all your influences into something that is unique to you, but there are only 12 notes repeating over octaves and every combination of them has been used. Prince was a lot of things, but he was not an innovative guitarist. He was a very cool guitarist, but Hendrix broke a lot more ground that was new at the time. Music doesn't work that way, usually. If a new musician (like Jaco on the bass), comes along, the innovation tends to be in the sound they make or the bring a new level of athleticism to the art. Prince used fairly normal guitar sounds 99% of the time and his athletic skill on the guitar was somewhere in the middle. The music was cool and that's what made him, not his playing.

Very cool information... Thanks

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