Learn Guitar Chords The Right Way - Not Just Chord Charts
section will encourage you to learn guitar chords, not just by their
fingering and formation on the fretboard, but also through the theory
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.
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
. So you get all the chord charts you'd
expect, but with that little bit extra along the way!
Guitar Chords Step by Step
The absolute basics of
chords on the fretboard.
Some essential tips to ensure your chord playing is clean and clear.
lesson before you move on to learn guitar chords and their fingerings.
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
the chords in this course and you'll probably use them for your entire
Also in this series...
Power chords are
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
the chord forms we'll come to later. Also in this series...
Learn how to play guitar chords
away from the first
few frets to completely dominate the fretboard. Get
to the main barre chord shapes and use the exercises to gain physical
confidence with playing them. Also in
Major 7th Chords
Often described as a "dreamier", more "soulful" type of major chord.
Learn the basics of maj7 and how to use it in major and minor
key progressions. See also...
Learn how to change the bass note of those familiar open
to create new sounds and songwriting ideas. Especially useful if you're
playing solo, without accompaniment (e.g. fingerstyle). See also...
Introduces you to
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.
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.
series of lessons expands on the
open chord shapes from
earlier, moving them up the fretboard and using open strings to create
sounding chords. Expand
your chord vocabulary even further. 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
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.
Teaches you those jazzy/bluesy chord
voicings heard in funk,
starting with the basic barre/movable chord shapes.
Try replacing instances of major and minor chords with suspended chords
for more creative options. Learn how and when to play them in your
Learn how to use the "symmetry" of diminished 7th chords to play them
anywhere on the neck. Plus examples of how dim7 chords can function in
Learn how to play these wonderful chords and some of the common
functions of augmented chords in progressions. Charts
and audio examples included.
and add to those basic root-5th
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.
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
build your own chords from scratch. Also in this series...
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...
Major Chord Colouring
Learn how to use the CAGED system to create colourful, extended major
voicings across the neck. Here we learn that by omitting the bass root
and even 5th from the chord (which would be covered by other
instruments) we can free up our fingers to focus on the "colour tones"
of the chord for accompaniment.
Give your chord playing a lead voice by incorporating melodic
lines/phrases into and around your shapes. We start with open chords
and then move up the neck. If you're interested in more intricate chord
embellishment, this is the skill to 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 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...
Go to the Chord Finder
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