Should You Be Using Sharps or Flats When Transcribing Tabs and Chords?
We will create a chord chart for each key in the major scale. This will show you each chord in a key and when to use sharps and when to use flats when you are transcribing music into tabs and chord sheets.

POSTED: 01/23/2015 - 08:42 am

Practical Applications of Minor Inversions
In this article, we are going to look at some quick and simple ways we can spice up our use of triads by using inversions.

POSTED: 01/14/2015 - 09:21 am

What Are I IV V (1 4 5) Chords and Why Should You Care?
What I IV V chords mean and why you should care about them.

POSTED: 12/25/2014 - 09:34 am

Jazz Chord Essentials - 3 Part Quartal Harmony with Jens Larsen
In this lesson I want to demonstrate how I use quartal harmony when I am playing in both modal and moving harmony. I also want to give some ways to practice these voicings and put them to use in those situations.

POSTED: 11/25/2014 - 09:26 am

Melodic Minor - Lydian Dominant with Jens Larsen
In this lesson I will demonstrate how melodic minor is used in jazz on a large group of dominants. Each example will contain a set of chord voicings and an example line.

POSTED: 11/17/2014 - 05:23 am

Chord Creativity Exercise - Pivoting Roots
A simple exercise that will get you thinking about new chords and voicings you may not be familiar with.

POSTED: 10/10/2014 - 09:47 am

The Best Chord in Metal - Second Inversion Lesson
A lesson on the most versatile chord we can play in metal.

POSTED: 10/02/2014 - 10:15 am

Jazz Chord Survival Kit by Jens Larsen
In this lesson I want to give you a few exercises that should make it possible for you to go through a jazz standard without too much trouble. The lessons contains a few basic exercises for diatonic chords and II V progressions.

POSTED: 09/16/2014 - 08:37 am

Jazz Blues Comping with Jens Larsen
A lesson describing how jazz guitarist improvise while playing accompaniment for others and giving the tools to apply this to a Bb Jazz Blues.

POSTED: 09/15/2014 - 08:19 am

Jazz Chord Essentials: Open Triads with Jens Larsen
An introduction to Open voiced triads and a demonstration of how you can use them to play jazz chords.

POSTED: 09/11/2014 - 11:34 am

Jazz Chord Essentials: Triads with Jens Larsen
A lesson explaining and demonstrating how to play jazz progressions and chords with Triads.

POSTED: 08/20/2014 - 11:08 am

The 'Add' Chord (Triads with Extensions)
In this lesson I've compiled a group of a some of the more common "add" chord types used by guitarists like Joe Satriani and bands like The Police.

POSTED: 07/24/2014 - 09:33 am

Guitar Lab 101 - Rhythm Variety, Outlining the Chords!
I've seen a bunch of chords/scales lessons and I just figured "hey let's make my own!" I'll try to explain shortly which "out of the pentatonic box" figures I use over some minor and major chords. Hope you'll enjoy!

POSTED: 07/09/2014 - 10:18 am

Dominant 7th and 9th Inversions with Andrew Wasson
Some of my favourite inversions for the Dominant 7th and 9th chords!

POSTED: 06/09/2014 - 10:29 am

Jazz Chord Essentials: Shell Voicings with Jens Larsen
An introduction to shell voicings with some exercises, suggestions for practice and a few demonstrations on how to expand and use this type of voicing.

POSTED: 06/06/2014 - 05:01 am

Chord Progression Theory
This is my personal version of chord progressions as opposed to the normal I-IV-V style with a personally designed diagram and an explanation on how it works.

POSTED: 06/02/2014 - 10:30 am

Inverted Chords
This lesson is a brief explanation of what inverted chords, how to play them, and some simply variations of them for the novice guitar player.

POSTED: 05/20/2014 - 11:18 am

Chords of the Dorian Mode - With Andrew Wasson
Specific chords can be used within chord progressions that will anchor the sound of the Dorian mode. This lesson discusses some those options with examples.

POSTED: 05/07/2014 - 10:21 am

Jazz Chord Essentials: Drop 2 Voicings - Part 2
Part 2 of the lesson on Drop 2 voicings. In this lesson you'll learn how to add extensions and alterations. It also gives some exercises to apply them on jazz progressions.

POSTED: 04/29/2014 - 10:20 am

Jazz Chord Essentials: Drop 2 Voicings - Part 1
An introduction to a set of chord voicings that work well with extensions and jazz harmony. First part is mostly concerned with fingerings and basic progressions.

POSTED: 04/22/2014 - 10:25 am

Another Way to Look at Which Chords in Which Keys
This is in response to the article "What Chords Are In What Key, And Why?" by SilentDeftone. It is important that you read that article first or this will make even less sense to you tahn it may already. It is only a an alternative way of looking at the same thing.

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 10:45 am

How to Play Em, Am, and F Chords
You will learn to play the Em, Am, and F chords.

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 10:00 am

How to Play A, E, and Em –°hords
You will learn to play the A, E, and Em chords.

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 09:53 am

Chord Progressions Secrets: Tritone Substitution
Jazz substitutions seem completely illogical or difficult to remember? Here is an easy introduction to them.

POSTED: 02/24/2014 - 09:06 am

Inversions for Rock Guitar
This lesson will explain how to use chord inversions for both understanding songs that you listen to as well as utilizing them in your own compositions.

POSTED: 02/12/2014 - 09:31 am

How to Play the G, C, and E Minor Chords
Mainly I'm telling you how to play three of the most basic chords in guitar playing, so I wish you good luck.

POSTED: 02/10/2014 - 09:31 am

Using Triads for Creative Rhythm Playing
Triads are simply 3 note chord shapes, using them can help you unlock the fretboard and extend your rhythm playing.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 06:26 am

Using 11th Chords
The following shows how to play 11th chords and shows examples of their use.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 04:38 am

The Barre Chord Power Up: Increase Your Acoustic Guitar Playing Power Level to Over 9000!
A thorough run down of the key of E Major using open chords. Good for songwriters.

POSTED: 12/26/2013 - 02:49 am

Non-Standard Guitar Chords: How to Not Get Stuck With the Same Old Chords
Tired to play the same old chords on your guitar? Here is an easy trick that will allow you to create original chords even if you do not know any music theory.

POSTED: 12/05/2013 - 07:45 am

Basic Chord Construction: Inversions
Here I will discuss the inversions of the chords that I showed you in the first chord lesson.

POSTED: 11/25/2013 - 09:45 am

Chord Construction for Beginners
Ever wondered what a chord is and how it is built? Don't worry, because here are the answers you are looking for.

POSTED: 11/25/2013 - 09:15 am

Understanding Power Chords
This lesson will discuss about the simplified way of playing barre chords, the power chords. On the contrary, power chords are used in extremely complex music. Power chords are a key element of many styles of rock music.

POSTED: 11/12/2013 - 09:54 am

How to See All Chords as Variations of Two Patterns
The following article provides a way to visualize all basic chords as being variations on a common theme. This allows beginners a way of viewing the many chords as really only a couple of patterns.

POSTED: 11/12/2013 - 09:33 am

Power Chords - A Simplified Explanation
How to recognize and play a power chord.

POSTED: 11/05/2013 - 10:00 am

How to Fully Use Suspended Chords
Many songwriters are unaware of how suspended chords can be fully utilised. This article aims to explore various options and leave you with a better understanding of the function of a suspended chord.

POSTED: 10/22/2013 - 11:27 am

Learning Chords - 4 Easy Steps
Use 4 easy steps to learn chords and change between them much quicker than typically.

POSTED: 10/08/2013 - 10:29 am

Raunchy (Nothing) Chord
This article will describe how play raunchy chords, also known as nothing chords, found in many post-hardcore genre guitar playing.

POSTED: 10/08/2013 - 10:06 am

How to Play 7th Chords
What they are, where they come from, how you can play them and where you can hear them.

POSTED: 09/20/2013 - 10:40 am

The Majors, Minors & Others
Learn chords basic major, minor, augmented and dimished chords, 2nds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, 7ths, 9ths, 11ths and 13ths.

POSTED: 09/12/2013 - 09:27 am

7th Chords Inversions
My chord study kick continues, and now a short and sweet introduction to 7th chords and their inversions up the scale.

POSTED: 08/23/2013 - 09:57 am

A Few Basic Guitar Chords
In my second lesson, I'll teach you some basic guitar chords. If you can't read tab you should check out my tablature lesson.

POSTED: 08/14/2013 - 10:27 am

Let's Play With Polychords
Something of a follow on to my last lesson on arpeggios, this lesson will be focusing on chords with special mention to polychords.

POSTED: 07/10/2013 - 10:10 am

Small Upper-String Chord Types
Small chord shapes built from the 4th and 3rd guitar strings are excellent for both acoustic and electric guitar. Most commonly known as Triads (and triad inversions), these chord types are some of the most popular chords used by rhythm guitar players in almost every style of music.

POSTED: 06/14/2013 - 09:26 am

Dominant Suspended Chords
In the 1960's the Dominant 7 Suspended chord played a big role in the emerging world of modal jazz. Today, the unique sounds of the Dominant 7 Suspended chord can be heard in styles ranging from rap to country and western music.

POSTED: 05/22/2013 - 10:48 am

The Basic Open Chords
In this lesson we are gonna take a look at the basic open chords for you as a beginner.

POSTED: 05/07/2013 - 07:49 am

Open and Closed Voiced Triads
In this lesson, we take a look at closed voiced triads on the top 3 strings, open voiced triads, a method for learning new chord voices and how to make licks out of open voice triads.

POSTED: 05/07/2013 - 07:22 am

The Chord Formation Method
Any player who wants to increase their chord vocabulary can triple their chord knowledge by taking chords that they already know, and shift the notes of the voicings over to other string groups.

POSTED: 04/11/2013 - 04:59 am

How to Master Chord Changes - The Key to Playing Complete Songs
The best way to learn all the chords in a song and master the different parts and chord changes is to use a simple, systematic approach to analyzing and memorizing all of the pieces of the song.

POSTED: 04/10/2013 - 09:26 am

Easy Chords for the Guitar Soloist
This lesson discusses several interesting extended and suspended chords that can substitute for the basic open position, C, F, and G chords. These unique chord voicings can be excellent for anyone who wants to play as a soloist, (with the guitar backing up their vocal parts).

POSTED: 04/02/2013 - 07:55 am

Chord Classes
I'm sure most of you know your basic chords. However, even if you know these chords, what do they mean? How are they used? How do you make these chords fit into one another?

POSTED: 03/15/2013 - 09:03 am

Triad Use In Blues Progressions
The application of triad chords to create interesting chord movements over Blues progressions is a fun way to spice up your rhythm guitar parts during Blues jams.

POSTED: 03/06/2013 - 09:14 am

Jazz Style Extended Chords
The 6th, 9th, 11th and 13th chord extensions are all discussed with on-screen finger patterns shown for each. A sample progression is also given to show how effective these chords can be for spicing up progressions.

POSTED: 02/18/2013 - 08:34 am

How To Get The Best Sound Out Of Your Chords
How to get the best sounds out of your chord playing.

POSTED: 01/21/2013 - 07:43 am

Power Chords
This is an article if you struggle with power chords.

POSTED: 01/17/2013 - 07:18 am

Useful Music Theory Part 2: Forming Diatonic Chords
With the right approach the major scale, you can learn to build any diatonic chord (up to 7ths!) with this lesson.

POSTED: 08/23/2012 - 09:10 am

Chord Voicing Dilemmas
Hearing exactly which chord you want in your song and then finding that specific chord on your guitar can drive many of us crazy! Learn how to discover just the right chord voicings for your songs.

POSTED: 08/22/2012 - 09:35 am

Understanding Voice Leading To Write Chord Progressions
If you have a harmony in your head, do you have a strategy for getting it onto the fretboard? Here's a little background on how chords move, and how to use that understanding to make your music more effective.

POSTED: 06/15/2012 - 06:50 am

1-4-5-6m Chords
Ever wondered why so many songs contain the chords G C D Em? Well, it is not because of laziness, but because of music theory.

POSTED: 05/21/2012 - 03:27 am

Power Chord Bible
Everything you should know about playing power chords.

POSTED: 05/03/2012 - 02:36 am

Using Non-Diatonic Chords To Spice Up Your Progressions Minor IV Chord
In this lesson we will take a look at how non-diatonic chords can be used to add interest to even the simplest chord progression, ala The Beatles.

POSTED: 05/01/2012 - 02:09 am

Theory You Can Use
You may understand all or little of this article, but everyone can learn something from it. Have a strum, some chord shapes are provided at the end, enjoy!

POSTED: 04/06/2012 - 07:15 am

Basics Of Chord Formation. Part 1
The easiest approach to chord formation based on maths over theory.

POSTED: 03/05/2012 - 02:30 am

Moveable Chords
Learn how to play moveable chords! Check out for more lessons!

POSTED: 03/02/2012 - 02:09 am

Practical Inversion Excersices. Part 1
A look at simple inversion shapes up and down the neck.

POSTED: 02/13/2012 - 04:08 am

A Minimalist Approach To Blues Comping
Some basic ideas for chordal playing in a 12 bar blues format, utilizing minimalistic chord shapes and double stops.

POSTED: 01/23/2012 - 03:03 am

Rising Chord Progressions Learn From Everlong
This lesson gives a little bit of background on a chord progression you can use in your songs to make them sound like they picking up speed and getting more energetic. Uses the chorus of "Everlong" as an example.

POSTED: 01/20/2012 - 01:52 am

Transposing For Dummies
This shall teach all of ye how to easily transpose the song you're learning!

POSTED: 01/16/2012 - 01:47 am

Bobbing In/Out Of Different Keys - The Magic Of Secondary Dominant Chords
This lesson explains how to gracefully use & play chords that are "out of key"

POSTED: 11/28/2011 - 02:16 am

Quartal Stacks And Their Inversions
An introduction to interesting chordal voicings built on the concept of quartal stacks.

POSTED: 08/22/2011 - 04:50 am

Triads/Chord Inversions
This Lesson Covers how to build triads and how to invert them to create interesting chords on the guitar.

POSTED: 07/26/2011 - 04:13 am

Tritone Substitution
A lesson on how to do a tritone substitution and the theory behind it's conception

POSTED: 07/21/2011 - 02:42 am

Using A Natural Minor Scale To Get A Chord Progression
This lesson will teach you how to use your knowledge of a single minor scale, and use it to get at least 7 chords out of it. Simple and easy indeed.

POSTED: 04/25/2011 - 07:50 am

Using A Scale To Produce A Chord Progression
Alright, so I will be explaining how I learned how to take a major scale [a minor scale in my next lesson] and to use that scale to produce a chord progression. And it only takes a little knowledge of scales, and a couple words to memorize. And afterwords hopefully you'll be able to, on the spot, produce chord progressions from a scale.

POSTED: 04/22/2011 - 04:55 am

Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer III
A comprehensive lesson covering basic chords and a few progressions. If you are a beginner axe slinger, then you have to check this out!

POSTED: 02/11/2011 - 03:30 am

Basic Chord Theory IV
In part four, we will wrap up by looking at suspended chords, as well as learning the basics of chord inversions.

POSTED: 08/17/2010 - 06:36 am

Introduction To Families Of Chords
Welcome! I am a Graduate from the Atlanta Institute of Music, & In this lesson we will start with reviewing the major scale and finding out how to name the intervals and learn how to construct and properly name chords.

POSTED: 08/16/2010 - 07:47 am

Basic Chord Theory III
Today we're learning about chords that have compound intervals in them, namely ninth and eleventh chords. We will also be looking at the difference between chords like C9 and Cadd9.

POSTED: 08/10/2010 - 06:33 am

Metal Chords
Sick of using Power chords all the time in metal? A lot of people tend to use power chords, as they are made of few notes, which means the distortion of the amp can tolerate the sound. But want more variety with your metal? Read on.

POSTED: 08/10/2010 - 06:23 am

Basic Chord Theory II
Today, we are going to look at four types of seventh chords. Also, I will BLOW... YOUR... MIND!

POSTED: 08/06/2010 - 09:44 am

Basic Chord Theory I
This is the first lesson of the series, and will show the basic theory behind major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads. Enjoy!

POSTED: 08/05/2010 - 08:13 am

Neapolitan Chords
Construction and application of Neapolitan chords to progressions, specifically on guitar.

POSTED: 07/26/2010 - 04:30 am

Getting Those Barre Chords Down
A technique illusive to you, put in simple lament ways to get you to the point of using them daily, with clean rich sound.

POSTED: 06/09/2010 - 07:28 am

Balancing Your Picking For Efficient Fast Playing
Most people when they think of alternate picking they think "up-down-up-down, etc" but there is more to it. In this lesson I will cover different variations of picking that need to be trained such as inside picking, outside picking, straight alternate, and economy. No sweeps.

POSTED: 05/17/2010 - 04:57 am

Beginners Guide To Barre Chords
Imagine if you could use just two chords to play EVERY chord of that kind. Imagine if an E major could turn into a G major, or an A minor into a C# minor, with NO CHORD CHART MEMORIZATION! Well, my friends, this is possible, thanks to BARRE CHORDS!

POSTED: 05/11/2010 - 04:02 am

Chord Families
This lesson is going to discuss the types of chords in a chord family, and also describe WHY they are in the same family. This is primarily for beginers who don't really know the chords in a chord family, but the theory behind this might be new to more advanced players. In a way, this is more of a rhythym/acoustic counterpart to the many "Scales and Modes" lessons.

POSTED: 02/25/2010 - 04:27 am

Chord Building 101
An easy to understand lesson on building advanced chords with an easy to use chord chart. For beginners through advanced.

POSTED: 08/25/2009 - 07:28 am

Chords Theory: The G Chord
With this beginning lesson, you'll learn how to play your first simple chord shapes. Let's go!

POSTED: 08/21/2009 - 07:51 am

Fun With The Relative Minor Key
This lesson is going to give a short introduction on how to use the relative minor key to make up some progressions. I assume that the reader has a basic understanding of what chord progressions are, and how they relate to the scales you play.

POSTED: 07/27/2009 - 06:44 am

Chord Patterns
The basic chord patterns for Maj, min, Aug+, dim, sus2, and sus4 chords on the first 3 strings (G-B-e).

POSTED: 07/14/2009 - 07:57 am

Learning The Fretboard
A very easy pattern for learning your way around the neck of the guitar.

POSTED: 06/22/2009 - 07:11 am

Understanding Guitar Triads
In depth look at how to build triad chords and easily move them across the neck of the guitar.

POSTED: 06/19/2009 - 09:45 am

"Caged" Minor/Major Chord Utilization
Showing the "Caged" system for both Minor and Major chords, and how you can apply them to your playing.

POSTED: 04/02/2009 - 07:35 am

Creative Chords: Drone Voicings
The idea behind this feature is to take some simple two note chords that move up or down the fretboard and combine these with open strings that remain the same throughout to create an interesting wash of sound that can add some tension and atmosphere to your arpeggiations.

POSTED: 03/17/2009 - 11:19 am

Broken Powerchords
This one is for the people who like metal and want to try a different sound of power chords, but don't know how. I will try to explain the use of Power chords with a lowered quint and their practical use.

POSTED: 01/21/2009 - 10:11 am

Chord Fragments
Learn how to make easy-to-play movable chords further up the fret board without having to hold down awkward, tendon-shredding barre chords all the time.

POSTED: 10/09/2008 - 08:15 am

Chord Theory
Basic Chord Theory

POSTED: 10/09/2008 - 08:11 am

Chord Shape Formula
This lesson is about how to find the same chord anywhere you need it. This will greatly improve your sound especially for acoustic, progressive, folk, hard rock, and fusion musicians.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 08:00 am

Chords: Discover New Voicing. Part 1
A systematic process for manipulating chords to discover new voicings.

POSTED: 05/25/2007 - 03:19 pm

Chords: Everything You Need To Know
Here is the ultimate lesson for all your chord needs! If you need any help at all with chords, this is the lesson for you, beginners and intermediate players alike.

POSTED: 05/16/2007 - 01:37 pm

Jazz Chords
This lesson will be about common jazz chords, how they are written, and common ways to play them.

POSTED: 09/22/2006 - 04:52 am

Simple Triads
These chords are very easy to play, and they will make your playing sound a lot fuller. This is probably the next step up from power-chords. They also make for some nice picking parts.

POSTED: 06/09/2006 - 08:41 am

Basic Jazz Chords Forms
Various chord forms diagramed.

POSTED: 12/16/2004 - 08:15 am

What Chords Are In What Key, And Why?
Ever wondered why certain chords go together? This lesson explains why!

POSTED: 11/11/2004 - 07:58 am

Guide To Chord Formation
The idea of this FAQ is to give you the information you need to be able to work out and understand which notes make up a certain chord. Using this FAQ you will be able to: Work out the notes you need for *any* chord. Work out what chord name should be given to a particular bunch of notes.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 06:03 am

Basic Chord Theory
In this lesson we will try to understand how chords work: basic chords, barre chords, triads, melodization of triads etc.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 06:00 am

Barre Chords II
This technique is an excellent addition to your techincal reperatior and should be learned by every player.

POSTED: 10/15/2003 - 05:42 am

Open Chords And Associated Exercises
Open chords are typically the first chords that most guitar students learn. Once you learn these chords you will be able to pick up several music books and learn your favorite songs.

POSTED: 09/17/2003 - 08:55 am

Bar Chords and Associated Exercises
Bar chords (also referred to as "barre" chords) are another type of 'basic' chord that many beginners learn. It will greatly expand your chord vocabulary and you will be able to play many more songs once you learn them.

POSTED: 09/17/2003 - 07:26 am

Barre Chords
By learning a few basic forms, you'll be able to play any song in any key. For those guitarists that have been stuck playing "easy guitar" versions of song.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Poly Chords
Lesson for advanced guitarists about poly chords.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

How The Chords Work
This explanation of harmony really depends on your understanding the major scale and how it works.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

All Guitar Chords
A huge list with each and any guitar chord you can imagine.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Basic Chords
Learn the basic, simple chords for everyday use.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Barre Chords Forms
This is a subject that I thought a lot of others would be interested in too so I'll start by describing what a barre chord is. I'm going to show you some barre chord "forms" as well as give you some tips on how to make sure you play them properly.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

Power Chords
Simple lessons with exercises about power chords, part one.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am