Open chords, we all love them! In this lesson you'll learn ten movable open chord shapes.
When you listen to certain guitar players, some will just seem to have that unique open crystalline sound that creates an attractive character to the songs that they compose on guitar.
In this lesson we're going to focus on our ears and their ability to anticipate what we are about to play. With help from the CAGED system and the modes, we are going to build chords that work over a particular scale, without thinking about chord shapes.
Do you feel trapped in a mediocre chord progression bubble? Are your chord progressions not sounding as good as they used to? Looks like you are ready to start learning some tricks to take your progressions to the next level.
The dreaded F chord is a rite of passage for all guitarists, but in this lesson I wanted to show you all the ways you can play the F chord in the open position.
This video will show you how I approach chords - without learning them!
Discussion on common major and minor 3-note triads demonstrated in studies that use them in different solo rhythm guitar situations and in stand alone chord riffs.
This lesson will teach you some fun variations of common chords that will make your guitar playing shine.
Chords that cover the entire range of the fretboard, are easy to play, and have your guitar playing sound advanced.
Chord shortcuts. This will come in handy if you need to play extensions of big chords. You can say that this concept is a simple permutation of intervals.
In the key of E major we can create awesome sounding chords up the neck with a combination of barre chord shapes and the open B and E strings.
It's a lesson on building interesting and sophisticated sounding chords only using notes from the minor pentatonic scale. There's a backing track video using the chords from the lesson.
An amazingly simple trick to allow you to move chords or any other fingering pattern up and down the string sets. We need to adjust shapes because of the irregular tuning of the guitar strings, and this lesson will show you exactly how you do that.
How to manipulate certain intervals in your chords, to make your progression sound more authentic and interesting.
For those of you too sophisticated to play regular minor triads, or even minor 7s, the minor 9 is your new best friend!
Learn how to build and apply minor 6 chords.
What are the nuts and bolts behind the beauty of Major 7 chords?
How many major 6 chords have you played recently?
I made this lesson to bring an aspect of playing chords to your attention that there is a big chance you don't think too much about, and which can give you a huge number of new ways to play progressions with the voicings you already know.
Learn to create melodic lines using various chords to improve your improvisation skills.
Creating unique progressions using wide-interval "open sounding" guitar chords.
It is possible to convert piano notes to guitar chords using musical scales.
Learn how to get started with a few simple, smooth jazz rhythm guitar grooves.
Big, complex chords don't have to be difficult to play. If you are comfortable with A and E bar chords, and you already know I-IV-V, then there's no reason not to get into jamming with the 11 chord! You can even do it all with one finger!
Learn three fun to work on jazz chord workout exercises!
This lesson is about how to move beyond simple chord progressions when writing music. I focus on individual chords and how they affect the overall song and a good mindset to approach a more liberating form of songwriting.
Jimi gets a one-way ticket to Funky Town.
A look at the chords, harmonies and changes of Gypsy Jazz to the likes of Django Reinhardt. Learn what makes up the feel and drive of this music.
In this lesson I want to introduce a type of chords that I use a lot which are a versatile and practical way to play chords with 2nd intervals in them which is often difficult on guitar, but has a very nice and interesting sound.
The man, the legend, the chord. Jimi Hendrix - the Jimi chord.
Deploying suspended chords in progressions.
In this lesson I want to first demonstrate 4 exercises that you can use to gain the necessary vocabulary to solo over a turnaround with chords. I also give three examples of how I would make lines using the exercises (or actually chords in general).
For the reason that a lot of people face with the problem of playing barre chords perfect I wrote this article to show that the process of learning to play barre chords.
A look inside diminished chords.
A one-page guide to the other kind of triad, sus chords.
How to use seventh chords to completely open up how you write chord progressions.
Applying different inversions for major, minor, Diminished, major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th and minor 7th b5 chords.
Find out how to easily avoid a common error when referring to 13 chords on the guitar.
Hey guys, I decided to make a very random but informative video about Neapolitan Chords! These chords are my absolute favorite when it comes to chromatic harmony.
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.
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.
What I IV V chords mean and why you should care about them.
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.
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.
A simple exercise that will get you thinking about new chords and voicings you may not be familiar with.
A lesson on the most versatile chord we can play in metal.
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.
A lesson describing how jazz guitarist improvise while playing accompaniment for others and giving the tools to apply this to a Bb Jazz Blues.
An introduction to Open voiced triads and a demonstration of how you can use them to play jazz chords.
A lesson explaining and demonstrating how to play jazz progressions and chords with Triads.
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.
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!
Some of my favourite inversions for the Dominant 7th and 9th chords!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will learn to play the Em, Am, and F chords.
You will learn to play the A, E, and Em chords.
Jazz substitutions seem completely illogical or difficult to remember? Here is an easy introduction to them.
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.
Mainly I'm telling you how to play three of the most basic chords in guitar playing, so I wish you good luck.
Triads are simply 3 note chord shapes, using them can help you unlock the fretboard and extend your rhythm playing.
The following shows how to play 11th chords and shows examples of their use.
A thorough run down of the key of E Major using open chords. Good for songwriters.
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.
Here I will discuss the inversions of the chords that I showed you in the first chord lesson.
Ever wondered what a chord is and how it is built? Don't worry, because here are the answers you are looking for.
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.
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.
How to recognize and play a power chord.
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.
Use 4 easy steps to learn chords and change between them much quicker than typically.
This article will describe how play raunchy chords, also known as nothing chords, found in many post-hardcore genre guitar playing.
What they are, where they come from, how you can play them and where you can hear them.
Learn chords basic major, minor, augmented and dimished chords, 2nds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, 7ths, 9ths, 11ths and 13ths.
My chord study kick continues, and now a short and sweet introduction to 7th chords and their inversions up the scale.
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.
Something of a follow on to my last lesson on arpeggios, this lesson will be focusing on chords with special mention to polychords.
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.
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.
In this lesson we are gonna take a look at the basic open chords for you as a beginner.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
How to get the best sounds out of your chord playing.
This is an article if you struggle with power chords.
With the right approach the major scale, you can learn to build any diatonic chord (up to 7ths!) with this lesson.
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.
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.
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.
Everything you should know about playing power chords.
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.
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!
The easiest approach to chord formation based on maths over theory.
Learn how to play moveable chords! Check out www.facebook.com/Brandon.Sollins.Music for more lessons!
A look at simple inversion shapes up and down the neck.
Some basic ideas for chordal playing in a 12 bar blues format, utilizing minimalistic chord shapes and double stops.
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.
This shall teach all of ye how to easily transpose the song you're learning!
This lesson explains how to gracefully use & play chords that are "out of key"
An introduction to interesting chordal voicings built on the concept of quartal stacks.
This Lesson Covers how to build triads and how to invert them to create interesting chords on the guitar.
A lesson on how to do a tritone substitution and the theory behind it's conception
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.
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.
A comprehensive lesson covering basic chords and a few progressions. If you are a beginner axe slinger, then you have to check this out!
In part four, we will wrap up by looking at suspended chords, as well as learning the basics of chord inversions.
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.
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.
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.
Today, we are going to look at four types of seventh chords. Also, I will BLOW... YOUR... MIND!
This is the first lesson of the series, and will show the basic theory behind major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads. Enjoy!
Construction and application of Neapolitan chords to progressions, specifically on guitar.
A technique illusive to you, put in simple lament ways to get you to the point of using them daily, with clean rich sound.
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.
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!
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.
An easy to understand lesson on building advanced chords with an easy to use chord chart. For beginners through advanced.
With this beginning lesson, you'll learn how to play your first simple chord shapes. Let's go!
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.
The basic chord patterns for Maj, min, Aug+, dim, sus2, and sus4 chords on the first 3 strings (G-B-e).
A very easy pattern for learning your way around the neck of the guitar.
In depth look at how to build triad chords and easily move them across the neck of the guitar.
Showing the "Caged" system for both Minor and Major chords, and how you can apply them to your playing.
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.
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.
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.
Basic Chord Theory
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.
A systematic process for manipulating chords to discover new voicings.
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.
This lesson will be about common jazz chords, how they are written, and common ways to play them.
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.
Various chord forms diagramed.
Ever wondered why certain chords go together? This lesson explains why!
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.
In this lesson we will try to understand how chords work: basic chords, barre chords, triads, melodization of triads etc.
This technique is an excellent addition to your techincal reperatior and should be learned by every player.
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.
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.
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.
Lesson for advanced guitarists about poly chords.
This explanation of harmony really depends on your understanding the major scale and how it works.
A huge list with each and any guitar chord you can imagine.
Learn the basic, simple chords for everyday use.
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.
Simple lessons with exercises about power chords, part one.