Here is a 10-second tip for you…

…and it’s all about having some fun while being creative.


It’s simple and here’s how it works:

  • Pick a few chords you enjoy playing or a specific chord progression.
  • Choose a strumming pattern or fingerpicking pattern.
  • Play your chosen pattern over those chords.
  • At the end of a bar, lift one finger off the fretboard and play the pattern again.
  • Repeat on different chords.


Doing this can be lots of fun.

It creates some different harmonic flavours within the chord and can add a sense of melody to it.

For example, let’s take the C Am F G chord progression (which I call the ‘50s’ chord progression).

Here, you could play each chord for two bars each.

For the first bar, play the C chord as normal and start the second bar by lifting a finger off (removing the index finger off the B string is a good one).

You can then play the Am chord and do the same thing and so on with each chord.


It can sound really cool, and honestly, there are loads of ways you can do this sort of thing.

…Such as you can add spare fingers to the chord instead or you could remove or add fingers to the chord during the bar.

Either way, get having some fun.

Whenever I’ve done this with students, they’ve enjoyed it.

The cool thing is doing this changes up the chord name, but you don’t really have to know what the theory behind all this is to enjoy this.

It’s some simple and fun “noodling”.


I hope that was helpful!

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


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