I've been playing and teaching guitar for many years, and I'm still amazed by the inspiration you can get just by placing your fingers on the fretboard in sometimes random ways. You can pick or strum a chord, change your fingers around, take one off, or put one down, and "hey presto!" some wonderful sound leaps out of your box with strings. I'm not saying playing some chords are always easy, and it can sometimes feel like an assault course for the fingers, but stick with it and reap the rewards.
When I'm teaching I'll often introduce a novice player to an easy to play chord with an exotic sound,and find they're quickly hooked and inspired to learn more. In this course I want to share some of the many ways you can get creative with chords and hopefully inspire you to experiment with them in your own learning and styles of playing; write songs, or simply sit there and chill out!
The chords can be strummed or picked, and I'll give you some of my interpretations on the way. I don't want to get too technical or bogged down with 'chord chemistry' as they say, think of them as ideas to play around with - just a few of the many possibilities. If you're new to playing most shapes can be both a way to inspire and also to exercise those fingers!
There are 11 main sections all supported by in-depth video examples and downloadable PDF files so you can keep a record of the chords used.
Main sections include:
Messing With Basic Chords
Busting The Barre Chord Shapes
Cool Chord Shapes
Tweaking The Tuning
- You should be able to play a few basic shapes on the guitar.
- Play simple strumming or picking patterns.
- You should want to be inspired to try different ways of playing chords.