Episode #5 – Left Hand for The Fray’s “Never Say Never”

12/31/2013 12:55 pm



A Rich & Full Sound

Whenever we play left hand patterns to flesh out a song with chords, we have to be careful to keep it sounding rich but not muddy. The best way to accomplish this is to use great voicings. A chord voicing simply refers to the vertical spacing and ordering of the pitches in a chord (which notes are on the top or in the middle, which ones are doubled, which octave each is in, and which instruments or voices perform each).

This voicing in the left hand is great because it allows the chord to sound rich without getting muddy due to too many notes bunched up close together. You may know how to find the root and 5th of a chord, but how do we get the 10th? The 10th is simply the 3rd of a chord, just an octave higher. (3rd + octave = 10th). Let’s try it over this simple progression in the key of D.

Works great for many songs like Never Say Never

This chord progression works great for The Fray’s Never Say Never. Click here for Chord Chart for Never Say Never. Remember to click the transpose button for the key of D.

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