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Learn Guitar Chords The Right Way - Not Just Chord Charts

Learn Guitar ChordsThis section will encourage you to learn guitar chords, not just by their fingering and formation on the fretboard, but also through the theory behind chord construction and how chords work together.

Only then will you truly know how to apply chords in your own music and how they relate to other theoretical elements, such as scales.

Don't worry though, it's not difficult. Any chord theory I cover is broken down into simple steps and I only teach you what is absolutely necessary for you to reach your full playing potential. So you get all the chord charts you'd expect, but with that little bit extra along the way!

Learn Guitar Chords Step by Step

small chevron Guitar Chord Basics  The absolute basics of fingering guitar chords on the fretboard. Some essential tips to ensure your chord playing is clean and clear. Take this lesson before you move on to learn guitar chords and their fingerings.

small chevron Basic Guitar Chords  The best place to begin your chord learning journey. 5 part course that takes you through the main open position chords and their interesting variations. Some of the most loved music out there exclusively uses the chords in this course and you'll probably use them for your entire guitar playing life.

Grab your free printable Beginner Guitar Chord Chart

Also in this series...
small chevron Power Chords  Power chords are not strictly chords, rather two notes played together (dyads). However, they are played in the same context as chords. Power chords are used religiously in rock and heavy metal and sound great with gain/distortion turned up. Very easy to play, and a good primer for the chord forms we'll come to later. Also in this series... small chevron Barre Chords  Learn how to play guitar chords away from the first few frets to completely dominate the fretboard. Get introduced to the main barre chord shapes and use the exercises to gain physical confidence with playing them. Also in this series... small chevron Slash Chords  Learn how to change the bass note of those familiar open chords to create new sounds and songwriting ideas. Especially useful if you're playing solo, without accompaniment (e.g. fingerstyle). See also...
small chevron Chord Root Notes  Introduces you to the theory behind how root notes work in forming guitar chords. The root note is the note that gives a chord its tonal center. In other words, once you know the root note is for a given chord, you can apply that chord in several positions and therefore create several voicings for the same chord.

small chevron Simplified/Shell Chords  Cut down those barre chord forms to create tighter, punchier and more economical chord voicings. This lesson takes you through the most important shapes and some exercises demonstrating ways in which you can use them in your own music.

small chevron Movable Open Chords  This series of lessons expands on the open chord shapes from earlier, moving them up the fretboard and using open strings to create unique, beautiful sounding chords. Expand your chord vocabulary even further.

small chevron Dark / Tension Chords  A unique chord chart that explores the darker side of chord playing! A great first step in learning how to create tension in your songs.

small chevron Blues Chords  Chord charts of the most common (and some less so) blues chord forms in different positions. Plus, a look at some typical chord phrasing variations and turnarounds used in blues.

small chevron Funk Chords  Teaches you those jazzy/bluesy chord voicings heard in funk, starting with the basic barre/movable chord shapes.

small chevron Suspended Chords  Try replacing instances of major and minor chords with suspended chords for more creative options. Learn how and when to play them in your chord progressions.

small chevron Diminished Chords  Learn the theory behind diminished chords and how you can use them in your music. In depth lesson with loads of audio examples.

small chevron Augmented Chords  Learn how to play these wonderful chords and some of the common functions augmented chords can play in your chord progressions. Charts and audio examples included.

small chevron Metal Guitar Chords  Modify and add to those basic root-5th powerchords commonly used in metal and you'll have tons more options for making your metal more melodic. Looks at cut down 9th, diminished, suspended and other forms commonly used in heavy metal.

small chevron Guitar Chord Theory  This course is for those guitarists who want to understand how chords are constructed and where they "come from". Really adds a new perspective to learning chords on the guitar, showing you how to effectively build your own chords from scratch. Also in this series...
small chevron Guitar Chord Inversions  A logical next step from learning basic chord construction (above). Chord inversions give you even more voicing options and fingering positions. They also give you more control over how harmony flows through your chord changes. Also in this series...
small chevron Transpose Guitar Chords  Learn how to transpose chord progressions from one key to another using 3 quick and simple methods. This is useful for a number of things, one example being if you need to play a song in a more comfortable register for the vocals.

guitar chord finderFree Guitar Chord Finder

Looking for the name of a chord? Want to discover some new chords?

Simply point and click on the fretboard to make a chord, hear it being played and see the notes and intervals that make it up.

A very useful tool for guitarists of all levels...

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Guitar Chord Questions From Other Visitors

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Using Extended Guitar Chords in a Progression 
I'm currently learning to play extended chords (9ths, 11ths, 13th chords) and added tone chords (add6, add9). How do I use extended and added tone chords …

What are the Guitar Chords for Eenie Meenie? 
I am currently trying to learn the song Eenie Meenie by Justin Bieber but having trouble learning the chords. Could someone please clarify to me the …

Reverse Chord Finder Can't Help, Maybe You Can 
I've been messing around with a chord and want to know a corresponding scale and some other chords to go along with it - D F# G D I tried just …

Coming up with a chorus progression  
I am trying to write songs. For example say that I am playing a I-IV-V progression in the key of G for my verses. G-C-D. How would I come up with a chorus …

How to Spice Up Chord Progressions 
Hi Mike! How can I spice up a chord progression? For example, in key of G the chord progression is: Gmaj7, Am7, Bm7. You play a Gmaj7 then your going …

Pain in Thumb Joint When Playing Barre Chords 
I play guitar for about 2 years and only last time I started feel strong pain in thumb joint when playing barre chords. I never had it before. As I play …

Chord practice and chord changes 
Hello, This is Landon Koon. I had a quick question on practicing chords and changing them. When ever you practice your chords whether it is basic open …

How do you play a chord that skips a string? 
I was looking at the tab and found some chords that are played on the A and G string but not the D string. How do I play those chords without strumming …

Diminished 7th chords in blues 
Wondering if I have a tin ear: In a simple blues progression in D (something like "Born Under A Bad Sign"), it sounds like I can replace both chords …

Diminished 7th Guitar Chords 
Question: Hello my question is about the use of the Dim7 (diminished 7th) chord/arpeggio. I understand that, in the terms of the major scale (in this …

Power chord progressions 
Question: Because 5th chords (power chords) are diads, what do I do with them in relation to chord progressions? I used to just use them as an everyday …

Fingers won't reach on some chords 
Question: I find it impossible to play many of the jazz chords as my fingers just won't reach. Suggestions would be appreciated. Answer This …

Metronome Speed for Chord Changes 
I'd like to know what speeds I should be at using the metronome while changing chords. I'm a true beginner but I love these tutorials and I'm really …

Chord progression in E major key 
Question: I'm a green hand. I've just started reading and studying songwriting theory on this website. I've made a simple chord progression in E major …

Fingering for C# Chord 
Is there an alternative fingering for the C# chord? I really have trouble not strumming the high E and low E strings. Answer The chord shape I assume …

Phrygian Chord Progression 
I don't know where to start. I need help with some examples of a chord progression for A flat phyrgian. Can I use an E major chord? An F minor chord? …

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