Introduction to Barre Chords

While more difficult than open chords, barre chords are very useful because the same chord shape can be moved all over the guitar fretboard. Therefore, with one chord shape you can play a specific chord type (ex. Major chord) in any key by simply sliding the shape up or down the fretboard. Continue reading

Open Chords – Some Basic Chords That Every Guitarist Should Know (Part 2)

Once you feel comfortable with the open chords in the first part of this lesson, here are a few more open chords you will want to learn. You will probably find that once you have learned a few chords, you will be able to learn additional chords much more quickly. Some of these chords may be slightly more difficult than those in part 1, but shouldn’t be too challenging. Continue reading

Blues Guitar 101: The 12-Bar Blues Chord Progression

The 12-bar blues is probably the most important chord progression you can learn as a blues or rock guitarist. Knowing this chord progression will allow you to play along with the rhythm section of countless blues and rock songs, is great for jamming with other guitarists/bands whether you are a beginner or virtuoso, and provides a great backing when you are first learning to solo/improvise. Continue reading

Open Chords – Some Basic Chords That Every Guitarist Should Know (Part 1)

Here are a few basic open form chords that all guitarists should know. An open chord generally involves open strings in the chord form and/or does not require a barre (barre chords will be covered later). You may have noticed that I have skipped certain chords (ex. B Major and F Major). This is because these chords are slightly more difficult to play and will therefore be included in a future lesson. Continue reading