Welcome to a new Monday post with 3 random thoughts on all things guitar, music, and life, including advice from Billy Joel, Wotsit nightmares, and more. Here we go…
How many chord progressions do you know?
How well can you play them, and…
What can you play with the chord progressions you do know?
Here’s a little test I want you to do.
It’s something I like to do with new students and also with current students every now and then.
This is the third SABR video and features an important subject – stopping you bending strings out of tune by accident when playing simple open chords. The difference this can make can be huge and can make your playing sound really amateurish if you are guilty of it – don’t worry we will fix it in this short video!
When I was learning guitar, I was always told that using a capo is “for cheats and wimps” and stuff like that. The fact is if I would have started out using a capo, I would be a better guitarist for it now.
I would have learned more songs quicker; I would have jammed more, joined more bands sooner and got bitten by the guitar bug much sooner.
There are thousands and thousands of chords you could learn, but the truth is you will never use most of them. In my experience most guitarists will use the same chords over and over again for 90% of their playing.
These chords are the 10 in my free report, The 10 Chords That Every Guitarist Needs To Know.
Many beginner guitarists don’t really know how to strum a guitar – not properly anyway. They often ‘fake it till they make it’ but unfortunately that can lead to bad habits.
Check your strumming regularly by ensuring you are not making the following very common mistakes that many guitarists make – especially beginners, but often experienced guitar players too. [Read more…]
Welcome to the final part of our Killer 3 String Chord Series. So far we have learned 4 variations of 1 killer 3 string chord, learned how to apply rhythm to them, created melodies while playing a chord to create the illusion of two guitars, applied the techniques to a super popular chord progression and learned 8 little ditties using the techniques.
One of the secret but massive benefits to learning Killer 3 string chords is that they act as an amazing gateway between open chords and barre chords. This is a concept we have touched on briefly in the series, but will go into more detail on now.
Welcome, dear Guitar Ninja, to Part 3 of our series of Killer 3 string chords. So far we have learned 4 variations of a killer 3 string chord, learned how to apply rhythm to them, created melodies while playing a chord to create the illusion of two guitars, applied the techniques to a super popular chord progression and learned 8 little ditties using the techniques.
Now, it’s time to expand our repertoire and play the different chord types but now with 2 more shapes. This will allow us to truly free up the fretboard and save us from having to make big jumps up and down to play certain chords.
Efficiency as well as killer sounding chords is the name of the game.
Welcome, Guitar Ninja, to part 2 of our series of Killer 3 string chords. So far, we have discovered how to play a bunch of Killer 3 string guitar chord triads – 4 different chords all based around G.
The four chords are G Major, G minor, G sus2 and G sus4. In this lesson we are going to step it up and add some interesting rhythm to the chords and change between the chords within in a bar as apposed to at the end of a bar.
This will add a sense of melody along with the chord and to the untrained listener will sound like two guitars going for it at the same time. Cool, don’t you think?