Posted Oct 04, 2010 12:22 PM
Many beginners start their guitar education by learning chords. I can't tell you how many beginners I know who know a ton of chords but have no clue what to do with them. In this lesson, I will explain how to applie chords in several basic sections.
Section 1: Major Chords in a Major Key
When you play in a major key, you have to put major chords together. They should be arranged with 1st interval, 4th interval, and 5th interval.
Key of C: C,F,G
Key of G: G,C,D
Section 2: Minor Chords in a Minor Key
When you play in a minor key, you have to put minor chords together. They are arranged just like majors.
Key of Am: Am,Dm,Em
Key of Em: Em,Am,Bm
Section 3: Relative Minors
The relative minor chord is the 6th interval.
Am is relative to C
Em is relative to G
Section 4: Using Major and Minor Chords/Chord Substitution
There are 2 things that you can do with relative minors.
1. Add them to your progression
C,F,G becomes C,Am,F,G
G,C,D becomes G,Em,C,D
2. Use them to replace their relative chord.
C,Am,F,G becomes C,Am,Dm,G
G,Em,C,D becomes C,Em,Am,D
Section 5: Chord Embellishment/Variations
Many chords have different variations.
You can replace chords with their different variations.
Section 6: The Seventh Interval (If You Want to Use It)
Many people will say that this interval should be a diminished chord, but I prefer to make it a suspended chord. Whatever floats your boat will work.
Section 7: The Last Section
This is the last section. It is a good way to keep someone busy. The average person will waste fifteen seconds reading this section.