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The Impossible Chord

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On youtube there’s a short video clip of guitarist Shawn Lane (R.I.P) executing an extremely difficult chord voicing that requires extensive finger stretching, which Shawn calls “the hardest chord in the world.” I altered the chord a little bit to make it easier and built this short jam around it (for the solo I used the Eight-Tone Spanish scale in E). I have a chapter devoted to this chord in my Underground Guitar Handbook.

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kirklynch said

Great stuff man! Can't believe I missed this one

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CMOR said

They said it wasn't possible! Wow, outrageously powerful music...

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Dave Berry said

utterly fantastic .........and yes, RIP Shawn lane, he is sorely missed.

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K. SCOT SPARKS 79+intercessions said

..yeah, senor! nice. :)

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Jean-Luc Thomas said

To freaking cool man, lol, you got alot that i love musically. You take the music where it should go.

Guest said

In my head this is the way it sounds like I can play the guitar but my fingers are far behind in their evolution. One day!

Guest said

I want a copy of this underground book. Where and how can I get it?

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Yardful of Birds said

That guitar is on fire!

Guest said

Great tone here and solos are wicked awesome man!

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launched said

Hell Yeah!

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Mannequin Races said

Thanks for your recent comment on my song, it was great! This is some really beautiful playing! The guitar playing is great! I guess great is an understatement. The word virtuoso comes to mind. Much respect sir!

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vaisvil said

so - if I have the fret board right - stacked 5ths ? Nice work here!

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Tharek Ali Mokbul said

Underground Guitar Handbook?!?!?! Link Please!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a man I want to Learn From!!!

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Tharek Ali Mokbul said

Chords.... Easy... But hard at the same time.... We can make them hard out of choice.... But they should be easy.... Just a mode of expression... This track is superb! You make hard sound effortless! And oh man.... These shreds!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F*cking Hell!!!! AWESOME!!!!! F*CKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On Par with the best I have Heard!!! Wow!!!! Freaking Wow!!!!!!!! Peace T (OsCKilO) P.s Glad I heard this!

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sixmilewide said

Awesome sound and guitar work!! You make the impossible sound possible!!.

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Wildgeas Music said

I for one, appreciate the lesson. Excellent guitar playing Jason. Top shelf.

Guest said

Well done great work.

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richardlaceves said

well played

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