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Guitar Lessons: Beginner

Chord Substitution made easy for beginner guitar players.




I have had this doubt for a long time and would be really grateful to you if you can help me. I usually play Finger-style guitar and I want to improvise. I guess in Finger-style, one has to improvise using Chords instead of scales. Sorry if I'm wrong, Sir. But I really don't know how to improvise using chords. Kindly give me an idea on this sir.


That's a very good question! Most guitarist think of improvising as playing single notes in reality a good rhythm guitarist can be improvising via chord substitution/ re-harmonising the chord progression/ adding different bass notes etc 

Let's take a simple example of chord substitution to give you a starting point.

In the Key of C the chords that are produced from that scale are:

C Dm Em F G Am B dim C

the notes that make up the C chord are:

C = C E G

The notes in the Em (E minor) chord are

Em = E G B

since two out of the three notes in the C chord (the notes E & G) are ALSO contained in the E m chord it is possible to substitute the Em chord in place of the C chord and visa versa.

If you are interested in this line of thought you may like to check out our *Chord Construction Course - Design Your Own Chord Shapes* it's part of the Express Guitar full course. 



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