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7 Things To Do To Get The Most Out Of Your Guitar Chords


  People respond to the three basic elements of music in this
  order: rhythm, melody then harmony. Firstly, rhythm - if we don't
  like the rhythm of a piece of music our interest in that music
  stops there.

  Secondly, melody - the melody is the tune of the particular piece
  of music, it's the part we hum or whistle.

 Thirdly, is the harmony - this is where chords come into the
 picture and the vast majority of people have difficulty with this
 aspect of music.

 Often, when learning the guitar we often experience a musical
 brick wall while trying to learning to play chords. I have set
 out 7 tips to help you avoid the common traps.

 1. Make sure your guitar is set-up properly: If your guitar is
 too hard to play your hands will become tense and tire quickly.
 Please keep in mind that when you buy a guitar the action of the
 guitar (the distance of the strings away from the guitar
 fretboard) will need to be adjusted, regardless of the brand or
 price range. This true for both new and pre-played instruments.

 2. Learn the names of the notes on the guitar: Guitar players
 generally think in terms of lead guitar or rhythm guitar playing,
 when in reality chords are simply combinations (vertical
 stacking) of notes.Each chord has a specific spelling, once you
 know how to spell a chord you can create many different ways of
 playing that chord on the guitar ... if you know the names of the
 notes and their location on the guitar fretboard.

 3. Create string four grids: By dividing the six strings of your
 guitar into four string grids each grid consisting of three
 strings. Grid one - first, second and third strings. Grid two -
 second, third and fourth strings. Grid three - third, fourth and
 fifth strings. Grid four - fourth, fifth and sixth strings.

 4. Learn the triadic and scaletone seventh versions of chords
 By learning both the triadic and scaletone seventh chord structures
 many chord substitution possibilities will become obvious.
 Following is an example of the triadic (three note) chord
 structures in the key of C major - C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, B dim.
 The scaletone seventh (four note version) of the same scale would
 be: CMaj7, Dm7, Em7, FMaj7, G7, Am7 and B minor 7th flat 5.

 5. Pay attention to the strumming hand: The most common 
 mistake guitarist's make is to focus all their attention on the chord
 fingering while neglecting the picking hand. Many times the chord
 formation is correct however unwanted notes are being played by
 the strumming hand. For example often guitar players incorrectly
 strum five strings for a D major chord, while this chord sounds
 fine the sound you are producing with this five string chord is a
 D/A chord (Dmajor chord with and A bass note.)

 6. Learn to play slash chords: A great way to increase you chord
 vocabulary is to play simple triadic chords with different bass
 notes. For example a simple chord progression such as A///|E///|
 D///| could be made more interesting by playing an "A" note in
 the bass for each chord: A ...|E/A ...|D/A ...

 7.Learn to recognize chord progressions: The fastest way to l
 learn to play guitar "by ear" is to train yourself to recall the sound
 of chord progressions. Many songs are based on standard chord
 progression templates such as the one, six, four, five chord
 progression. In the key of "G" this progression would look like
 this: G///|Em///|C///|D///||

 A great many people give up playing because of a poorly set-up
 instrument or because they can't seem to get the same sound they
 hear on the recordings of their favorite artists, by applying
 these simple tips you will hear (and feel) immediate results.


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