Five-fret Stretch
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Five-fret Stretch

In music, a five-fret stretch refers to a guitar chord formation such that the distance between the highest and the lowest fingered frets is five frets. This necessarily excludes open strings.

Five-fret stretches are common in rock, blues, and in classical music, and are most common on guitar, but they are theoretically possible on other fretted stringed instruments.


For example, the above Gm75 chord's arpeggiated fingering features, "a wide, five-fret stretch," made easier by delaying the placement of the finger for the third-fifth notes[1]

Common formations involving five-fret stretch in standard tuning

A pattern often used in rock and roll music with standard tuning is:


This shows the pattern in C. It is simply three intervals (perfect fifth, major sixth, and minor seventh) one after another About this soundPlay . When improvising over the top of a pattern like this, the soloist would often use the Mixolydian or Dorian mode, because both of these scales have the intervals of a major sixth and a minor seventh within them.


  1. ^ Nelson, Troy (2007). Guitar Aerobics, p.97. ISBN 978-1-4234-1435-3.

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