42 Unique Ways To Play 1 Chord

FeatureImage42Ways500In this lesson we’re going to explore how you can take one chord and play it in many different unique ways.

In the previous lesson on triads and inversions, we learned how to form the major and minor triad and play inversions on the first three strings. You can read that lesson here. Here’s a brief summary of that lesson.

The Major Triad

The Major triad is made up of the 1, 3 and 5 of the major scale. For example, the C Major triad contains the following notes:

C – E – G

The minor triad is made up of the 1, b3 and 5 of the major scale. For example, the C minor triad contains the following notes:

C – Eb – G

In the previous lesson, we constructed these basic triads and inversions using the first three strings of the guitar, like this:

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Why Fingerstyle Guitar Is Awesome

Why Fingerstyle Guitar Is AwesomeThere is something awesome about fingerstyle guitar. For me, the power and beauty of this style lies in the fact that it is largely a solo-guitar genre. Many fingerstyle pieces are designed to be played by one guitarist only.

Although it is often referred to as ‘Classical Guitar’, I think this name sells it short and connotes a style that is old and boring. In reality, classical guitar is simply about playing pieces of music, by yourself, using your fingers. There’s nothing boring about that!

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Learn Fingerpicking With The Help Of A 19th Century Italian Guitarist

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If you've never used the fingerstyle technique before, you're missing out. A lot of guitarists decide early on when learning, whether they'll be a 'picking guitarist' or a 'fingerpicking guitarist'. The truth is, you don't have to limit yourself to … [Continue reading]

Building 7th Chords From Triads

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This lesson is a follow up to the lesson on figuring out the seven chords in any key. In that lesson, we took the major scale and stacked 3rds on each degree of the scale, to produce seven chords that could be transposed in any key. You can read … [Continue reading]

How To Master Basic Guitar Chords

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How many chords do you need to know? That's sort of a 'how long is a piece of string?' question, but in this case there is an answer, depending on what you're trying to achieve. There are 15 chords that when mastered, will allow you to play … [Continue reading]

How To Figure Out The 7 Chords In Any Key

How To Figure Out Chords

Why is a chord a chord? It’s a question philosophers have grappled with since the beginning of time. Ok, not really, but it is the subject of this lesson. Guitarists have a great dependance on chords. Many guitarists put themselves into the … [Continue reading]