Blumberg's

Music Theory Cipher
for Guitar
and other stringed instruments

Open Position Chords for:
7 String Viola da Gamba and Lute
tuning = 4th 4th 4th 3rd 4th 4th

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Basic Viol and Lute Chords TheCipher.com © 2003 Roger Edward Blumberg 1

com © 2003 Roger Edward Blumberg 2 . not played Open strings tuning: A D G C E A D 6 string Guitarist's reference Standard 7 string Lute and Gamba tuning pattern: viewed as added treble string 4th 4th 4th 3rd 4th 4th A A A A A A Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 1 1 1 2 1 2 3 5 2 3 5 2 5 1 2 5 3 5 2 3 4 5 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 6 R 5 R 3 5 R R 5 R 3 5 R R 5 7 3 7 R R 5 R 3 7 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 R 3 6 R D D D D D D Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 R R R R R 5 R 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 2 3 2 2 3 1 1 1 1 3 7 7 3 3 3 7 3 6 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 6 G G G G G G Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 X 5 X 5 X 5 X 5 X 5 X 5 1 1 1 1 T 1 2 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 6 1 2 3 3 R R 7 6 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 6 3 C C C C C C Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 X 1 3 1 7 3 1 3 see barre chord 2 3 see barre chord 2 1 3 2 6 3 2 5 3 2 3 4 3 5 R 2 3 3 3 3 3 R 3 R R 3 5 R 3 R R 3 5 R 5 R R 3 5 R 3 7 R 7 3 5 R R 3 5 R 3 7 R 3 5 R 3 6 Basic Viol and Lute Chords TheCipher. Beginners Lute and Viol Chords — 7 string D tuning (added low A) Bass viol open position chords (first three frets plus nut or open strings) • Black diamonds are root tones. Large numbers inside chord dots • Grayed tones are optional. are fingering numbers: 3 = ring finger • White filled tones behind the nut are open 1 = index finger 4 = little finger string tones (to be included in chord). 2 = middle finger T = thumb • X ed strings at the nut are muted.

2 = middle finger T = thumb • X ed strings at the nut are muted. Large numbers inside chord dots • Grayed tones are optional. not played Open strings tuning: A D G C E A D 6 string Gambist's reference Standard 7 string Lute and Gamba tuning pattern: viewed as an added bass string 4th 4th 4th 3rd 4th 4th A A A A A A Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 R R R R RX R X 1 1 7 1 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 4 2 3 5 1 1 5 2 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 6 5 R 3 5 R 5 5 R 3 5 R 5 5 7 3 5 R 5 5 7 3 5 R 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 3 6 R 5 D D D D D D Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 1 2 2 3 2 3 6 1 2 3 4 3 7 3 7 3 4 3 3 7 3 3 6 R R 5 R 3 5 R R R 5 R 3 5 R R 5 7 3 7 R R 5 R 3 7 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 R 3 6 R G G G G G G Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 3 1 1 3 2 1 3 1 2 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 1 3 3 6 1 1 1 3 3 7 7 2 7 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 6 C C C C C C Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 X X X X X X 3 1 7 1 7 3 1 1 3 T 2 3 2 7 3 1 1 3 6 2 R T 3 4 R T 3 4 R T 7 3 R T 7 3 R T 3 R T 3 7 5 R 5 R 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 6 3 Basic Viol and Lute Chords TheCipher. are fingering numbers: 3 = ring finger • White filled tones behind the nut are open 1 = index finger 4 = little finger string tones (to be included in chord).com © 2003 Roger Edward Blumberg 3 . Beginners Lute and Viol Chords — 7 string D tuning (added low A) Bass viol open position chords (first three frets plus nut or open strings) • Black diamonds are root tones.

com © 2003 Roger Edward Blumberg 4 . Beginners Lute and Viol Chords — 7 string Bass Viol [A]D tuning continued open position chords (first three frets plus nut or open strings) 6 string Guitarist's reference viewed as added treble string F F F F F F Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 X X X X X X 1 1 1 7 7 1 1 2 see barre chord 2 see barre chord 2 2 3 3 4 5 R 2 3 R 3 4 5 R 1 2 3 R 3 5 R 4 5 R 4 4 4 5 R 3 5 R 3 R 3 5 3 5 R 3 7 R 3 R 7 3 5 R 3 7 R 3 R 3 6 R 3 A/B A/B A/B A/B A/B A/B Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 X X X X X X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 4 5 see barre chord see barre chord see barre chord see barre chord 5 R 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 3 R 3 5 7 3 R 3 6 R D/E D/E D/E D/E D/E D/E Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 R 1 1 R 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 6 E E E E E E Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 1 R1 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 R 1 1 R 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 5 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 6 Basic Viol and Lute Chords TheCipher.

Beginners Lute and Viol Chords — 7 string Bass Viol [A]D tuning continued open position chords (first three frets plus nut or open strings) 6 string Gambist's reference viewed as an added bass string F F F F F F Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 X X 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 1 2 see barre chord 2 see barre chord 2 3 2 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 5 2 3 3 3 5 5 3 4 R 3 5 R 3 R R 3 5 R 5 R R 3 5 R 5 7 R 7 3 5 R R 3 5 R 3 7 R 3 5 R 3 6 5 A/B A/B A/B A/B A/B A/B Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 X X X X X X R 1 1 R 1 1 1 R 1 R R 1 R 1 2 2 see barre chord 2 2 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 5 1 2 5 3 5 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 R 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 R 5 R 3 7 R 3 R 7 3 5 R 3 5 7 3 R 3 6 R 3 D/E D/E D/E D/E D/E D/E Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 X X X X X X 5 R 1 1 5 R 1 1 5 R 1 1 1 5 R 1 1 1 5 R 1 5 R 1 2 2 2 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 6 2 3 4 see barre chord see barre chord see barre chord see barre chord 5 R 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 3 R 3 5 7 3 R 3 6 R E E E E E E Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 7/6 5 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 2 3 4 R 5 R 3 5 R R 5 R 3 5 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 7 3 6 R Basic Viol and Lute Chords TheCipher.com © 2003 Roger Edward Blumberg 5 .

simply barre across all 6 or 7 strings with your index finger. If used. The roots (lowest black diamonds) of these barre chord voicings can be aligned to any fret-line to produce the desired letter named chord. Beginners Lute and Viol Chords — 7 string Bass Viol [A]D tuning continued 6 string Guitarist's reference viewed as added treble string Movable Barre chords Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Dom 7/6 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 R 1 1 7 R 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 6 Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 7/6 1 1 5 1 1 5 1 1 5 1 1 5 1 1 5 1 6 5 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 2 3 3 3 2 3 4 4 4 6 4 4 7 7 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 R 5 R 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 7 3 5 R 5 7 3 3 6 R 5 7 3 Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 7/6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 5 3 5 4 5 3 4 5 3 7 7 3 R 5 R 3 5 R R 5 R 3 5 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 7 3 6 R * Low 5th (grayed tone) is always optional.com © 2003 Roger Edward Blumberg 6 . Basic Viol and Lute Chords TheCipher. Memorize the letter names and locations (fret number) of the notes on strings zero (low A) one and two. low D and G in this tuning (first twelve frets). Consult the Lute/Viol Fretboard Note Speller.

Basic Viol and Lute Chords TheCipher. Memorize the letter names and locations (fret number) of the notes on strings zero (low A) one and two. Beginners Lute and Viol Chords — 7 string Bass Viol [A]D tuning continued 6 string Gambist's reference viewed as an added bass string Movable Barre chords Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Dom 7/6 5 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 2 3 4 3 7 7 3 R 5 R 3 5 R R 5 R 3 5 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 7 3 5 R R 5 7 3 6 R Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 7 Major 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 4 4 7 7 4 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 7 3 5 5 R 5 R 3 6 Major minor Dom 7 minor 7 Major 9 Major 6/9 R 1 1 R 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 R 1 1 1 1 R R 2 2 1 1 1 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 2 3 3 3 5 2 3 3 3 3 3 5 R 3 5 R 5 5 R 3 5 R 5 5 7 3 5 R 5 5 7 3 5 R 5 5 7 3 6 9 5 R 3 6 9 5 * Low 5th (grayed tone) is always optional.com © 2003 Roger Edward Blumberg 7 . If used. simply barre across all 6 or 7 strings with your index finger. low D and G in this tuning (first twelve frets). The roots (lowest black diamonds) of these barre chord voicings can be aligned to any fret-line to produce the desired letter named chord. Consult the Lute/Viol Fretboard Note Speller.

3rd. 7 string Viola da Gamba or Lute (same as D tuning with low A string added) tuning [4th.com © 2003 Roger Edward Blumberg 8 . 4th. 4th. 4th] Fretboard Notes Spelled Nut = open strings Fret 0 Nut Fret # 0 A D G C E A D 1 A/B D/E G/A C/D F A/B D/E 2 B E A D F/G B E 3 C F A/B D/E G C F 4 C/D F/G B E G/A C/D F/G 5 D G C F A D G 6 D/E G/A C/D F/G A/B D/E G/A 7 E A D G B E A 8 F A/B D/E G/A C F A/B 9 F/G B E A C/D F/G B 10 G C F A/B D G C 11 G/A C/D F/G B D/E G/A C/D octave A D G C E A D fret 12 Basic Viol and Lute Chords TheCipher. 4th.