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Guitar Chords Lessons
By using this basic formula 1x2x3x4=24; we arrive at a finite number of 4-note chords, i.e. seventh chords (Root, 3rd, 5th,7th). A list of these chord voicings/permutations is given with some examples of how to practice them. Technically you'll find some that aren't suited to guitar, but I find them essential to filling in a complete picture of the fingerboard.
In this lesson I want to demonstrate a set of voicings that are fairly easy to play on the guitar and very useful for playing chords with extensions. I also want to talk a bit about how you approach playing chords in terms of interpretation of chord extensions, substitutes, connecting or voice-leading the chords.
Are open string guitar chords only used by beginners? Absolutely not! If you are a beginner, you’ll start the musical journey by learning how to play open string chords on the guitar, but you will continue to use them regardless of how proficient you become as a player
Understanding dominant chords and how to use them will add more interest to a simple chord progression.
In this lesson we'll take a look at basic triad chord building.
Are you a bit confused by the different types of seventh chords? If so, understanding dominant chords will answer many of the questions that you may have.
You know only a handful of guitar chords and would like to know more, possibly without spending years of efforts? As it happens, it is quite easy to expand your chord knowledge. Keep reading.
I originally intended to include just a few hand position pictures in my latest lesson, ‘How to Play Barre Chords on the Guitar’. After some thought, however, I decided that providing a ‘Hand Position Photo Supplement’ and additional comments would be a better idea. Just like digital recorders, cameras don’t lie!
Here is my lesson about barre chords - how to play them, and which ones a player should know.