Introduction to Chord Construction

This lesson will teach you the theory behind building a few basic chords. After learning the concepts in this lesson, you will be able to figure out the notes required to build different chord types. This will enable you to build your own chord voicings all over the fretboard. (Note: In order to fully understand and apply all of the concepts in this lesson you will need to have an understanding of basic major scale theory). Continue reading

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

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