This lesson will show you how to add differnet flavors to a major chord. There are many possible extensions, such as: maj7th, 6th, 9th, sus4, sharp 11th, and others. You can combine these extensions in many various ways to produce different interesting chords.
These chords are useful and easy to play. Choose the ones you like most, or make up your own chords.
You can see that all of these chords are made up of notes from the Ionian (major scale), or Lydian mode.
As always the chords are organized by string set. This helps you remember the chords by their position on the neck, and by the string that the root note is played on.
The chords that have a "T" symbol in the bottom note are the ones which are easier to play using your thumb for the bottom note.
Here are the most popular voicings for a major7 chord (Cmaj7)
Major chord extensions on the 1st String Set (6th String Root):
Major chord extensions on the 2nd String Set (5th String Root):
Major chord extensions on the 3rd String Set (4th String Root):
Be sure to learn for yourself what the chords sound like, and pick out what kind of sound you prefer to use.
It is not very important to know the exact name of all these chords. But it's important to know what they sound like, and what their individual extensions sound like against the root note.