Teach Yourself Guitar Chords The Easy Way!
Teach yourself guitar chords without having to deal with difficult chord shapes, impossible finger stretches and blisters on the brain!
Tip 1: Teach yourself guitar by designing your own chord shapes.
Forget trying to teach yourself guitar chords from big thick, boring chord books.
If you have ever tried to teach yourself guitar chords this way you will know how frustrating it can be, busting your fingers trying to play chords like ‘B’ and ‘F’,
In fact many people just give up thinking they ‘just don’t have what it takes’ to play guitar.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
Trying to this way simply does not work here’s the solution …
Solution: The trick to learning guitar chords is to understand that each chord is made up of specific notes that are unique to that particular chord e.g., the G chord is made up of the notes G, B & D.
It’s these three notes when played simultaneously that create the G chord note any particular fingering on the guitar.
The key to playing easy chord shapes is to design your own chord shapes, music is a language and once you know how to speak that language you will be able to find many ways to play any chord without having to struggle with difficult shapes.
Tip 2: Teach yourself guitar chords by mastering accurate chord changes.
Once you have decided the best chord shapes for your song the next project is to learn how to change chords smoothly.
Teach yourself to play guitar chords accurately by practicing with a metronome; start by setting the metronome to a slowly tempo; around mm = 60 is a good place to start (that’s 60 beats per minute).
Just begin playing the chord progression making sure you can change chords without breaking tempo and that all your chords are sounding clear.
If 60 beats per minute is to slow move the tempo up a few clicks to where it is more challenging; the important thing to keep in mind is that we are using the metronome to track our progress.
Don’t set a tempo on the metronome and try and keep up with it; this only promotes mistakes.
On the other hand if the tempo is too fast slow the metronome down until you arrive at a tempo were you can comfortably play the chord progression without making any mistakes.
Most songs we hear on commercial radio are between 100 and 120 beats per minute; our strategy is to learn to play the chords and chord progression without any mistakes and gradually bring the chord sequence up to the correct performance tempo.
Let’s say we can play the chord progression accurately at 60 our end week tempo objective would be 72 beats per minute; the next week we would aim for 84 beats per minute.
The concept is to gradually increase the tempo by 12 per week .
- first week = 60
- second week = 72
- third week = 84
- fourth week = 96
A great way to teach yourself guitar chords and develop confidence in your playing is to continue increasing the practice tempo until you reach 160 that way you will be very relaxed play at a tempo of 100.
Important: Remember speed is a by-product of accuracy!
Tip 3: Teach yourself guitar chords by learning chord progressions.
Many popular songs are based on a very small number of popular chord progressions; one of the best ways to teach yourself guitar chords and accelerate your progress on guitar is to learn to play and recognize the sound (by ear) of these basic chord progressions.
The most common chord progressions are (all example presented in the key of G):
1 – 5 – 6 – 4 (G – D – Em – C)
1 – 6 – 4 – 5 (G – Em – C – D )
1 – 3 – 4 – 5 (G – Bm – C – D)
And the basic 12-bar blues
G /// | G /// | G /// | G ///|
C /// | C /// | G /// | G ///|
D /// | C /// | G /// | G ///||
Use these tips and you will be able to teach yourself guitar chords without all the pain and struggle.
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