Changing chords beneath a treble note?

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  1. LeeVegas

    LeeVegas Tele-Meister

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    Any tips on maintaining the ringing of a treble note while changing chords?

    For example playing Gmaj7, x55777 and changing to D13, x54577? I want to hold the B on the high string for 3 beats when the chord changes on the 2nd beat. My dotted half note becomes a half and quarter since I have a hard time keeping the E string ringing.

    Thanks in advance. You guys are great.
     
  2. McGlamRock

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    Maybe go up the neck and play the chords like this?
    GMaj7: x 10 12 11 12 x
    D13: 10 x 10 11 12 x

    It's note the same voicings but maybe it'll work?
     
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    Perhaps try less notes in your voicings? For example, playing the D note on 5th string for GMaj7 is redundant since you already have a D on the 3 string.

    One option:
    GMaj7 xx5777
    D13 xx4557 (rootless voicing)
     
  4. BigDaddyLH

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    Lucky note choice! You can make that B ring out by playing it as a harmonic.
     
  5. LeeVegas

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    Thanks for the tips. The grips up the neck work well. Fewer notes will leave other fingers free. I'm mostly losing the sustain since I have to re-arrange my fingers.

    Lucky note choice, indeed. I should have used an example w/o an open string note, though.

    Thanks.
     
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    Later I was playing around with:

    GMaj7: x 10 12 11 12 x
    D13: x 9 10 9 12 x

    In solo chord melody style, you can play the B as a ringing harmonic then slide the lower grip (G D F#) down to (F# C E), keeping the same fingers on the strings, just twisting it a bit.
     
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