Here is another Friday 10-second tip for you to enjoy…
As you know, playing chords can be challenging.
You probably remember the early days of learning chords.
Lots of buzzing notes, dead strings…
…And your fingers tripping up over themselves like a drunk uncle at Christmas.
Well, that can be mighty frustrating.
The good news is once your chords do sound clear, you can have a lot of fun with them…
Today’s tip will help – even if your chord changes are still a little slow and ponderous.
It’s all about….
A simple way to have more chordal fun
An easy way to have more fun with chords is to simply…
Strum or fingerpick them
…And occasionally remove a finger from the chord.
This is so much fun.
Let’s take a C Major chord.
You can remove the index finger from fret 1 of the B string and…
…Voila, you now have a C Major 7.
You can strum the normal C Major chord for a few bars and then strum the C Major 7 chord for a few bars.
The picking hand doesn’t have to do anything different.
Just one little change with the fretting hand and you can create some rich chordal melodies.
Of course, this also works for any chord.
(D Major and A minor both work well with this idea).
…And you don’t have to stop there, you can add any “spare” fingers into a chord too for even more possibilities.
So give it a go.
Get adding and removing fingers to any chord to give them a new lease on life and have some jamming fun.
Speaking of jamming and fun, there’s not a lot that’s more exciting than jamming the blues.
If you enjoy the blues, you might want to check this out below…
The 12-Bar Blues Mini Masterclass
In this course, I cover all sorts of ways to jam the blues “shuffle” and I show you how to add all sorts of fun riffs and licks to it so you can have endless fun.
It’s perfect for beginners too.
P.S. This post was originally taken from Dan Thorpe’s private email list. To get blog posts like this sent to you which are full of great tips to make fingerpicking, strumming, and learning guitar more enjoyable (especially if you are over 40) join Dan’s list. It’s 100% free, HERE.
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