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Use Chord Progressions when Writing Music

Chord progressions are the patterns that music composers use to put musical notes and chords together. When you write music, chord progressions are critical in writing songs that sound harmonious and have [more…]

The Ups and Downs of Strumming a Guitar

One of the most basic ways you can play chords is with a strum. Strumming the guitar is the simple act of brushing the strings with a pick, thumb, or the back of your fingernails. A strum can be slow, [more…]

How to Play the “Oldies” Progression on Guitar

Once you can play the basic major and minor chords on guitar, you can play lots of popular songs right away. One of the first guitar licks you can learn is the [more…]

How to Play an E Major Chord in the Guitar

The backbone of guitar playing is the basic chord, and learning how to play an E major chord is a great place to start. A chord is defined as the simultaneous sounding of three or more notes of different-named [more…]

Adding Intros, Turnarounds, and Endings to the 12-Bar Blues Progression

Although the 12-bar blues progression has a signature blues sound, if you plan to play blues, rock, or jazz guitar on a regular basis, you'll want to learn how to accessorize the 12-bar blues. Intros, [more…]

How to Play E-Based Major Barre Chords on Guitar

Unlike the guitar's open-position chords, barre chords can move all around the neck of your guitar. A movable barre chord contains no open strings — only fretted notes. You can slide these fretted notes [more…]

How to Play Power Chords on Guitar

Guitarists use power chords — built on the lowest notes of a regular open-position or barre chord — in rock music to create a low sound. Power chords are easier to play than are their full-version counterparts [more…]

How to Play Barre Chords Based on A Major on the Guitar

Unlike open-position guitar chords, barre chords can move all around the neck of your guitar. A movable barre chord contains no open strings — only fretted notes. You can slide these fretted notes up or [more…]

How to Play Chords in the A Family on the Guitar

The A family is a popular family for playing songs on the guitar becaus, its chords are so easy to play. A-family chords are open chords, which means they contain [more…]

How to Play Chords in the D Family on Guitar

The D family of chords is usually the second chord family that guitar players learn. This is primarily because it builds off the A family of chords. It builds on the A family of chords in that the D chord [more…]

How to Play Chords in the G Family on Guitar

The G family of chords is related to the A and D families, so if you can already strum the basic chords in the A and D family, you're already halfway to understanding the G family. The basic chords that [more…]

How to Play Chords in the C Family on Guitar

Some people say that C is the easiest key to play guitar in. That’s because C it sort of the music-theory square one — the point at which everything (and, usually, everyone) begins in music. Because it's [more…]

How to Play Dominant 7th Chords on the Guitar

Learning how to play dominant 7th chords will allow your guitar playing to have a fully, richer sound. Seventh chords are no more difficult to play than are simple major or minor chords. The sound of the [more…]

How to Play Open-Position Minor 7th Chords on the Guitar

If you know how to play minor 7th chords, you will be able to play music that is a little softer and jazzier. Minor 7th chords are the chords you hear in “Moondance” by Van Morrison and in the verses of [more…]

How to Play Open-Position Major 7th Chords on the Guitar

When you play major 7th chords on the guitar, you'll notice that they have a different character than dominant 7th chords and minor 7th chords. Major 7th chords have a bright and jazzy sound. You can hear [more…]

Guitar Practice Exercise for Playing Barre Chords Based on E Major

When playing a barre chord based on E, you'll use your barre finger as a sort of movable nut or capo and your remaining fingers as playing certain open-position chord forms directly above it. This position [more…]

How to Read a Guitar Chord Diagram

Although you don’t need to read music to play the guitar, you will want to learn how to read chord diagrams. Musicians have developed a few simple tricks, such as chord diagrams, to enable them to communicate [more…]

How to Read Rhythm Slashes in Guitar Notation

Although you don’t need to read music to play the guitar, you need to learn how to read rhythm slashes. Rhythm slashesare slash marks (/) that tell you [more…]

How to Play Barre Chords Based on E Minor on the Guitar

After you’re familiar with the basic feel and movement of playing the major barre chords on a guitar, you want to learn how to play the minor barre chords. By learning to play the minor barre chords based [more…]

How to Play Dominant 7th Barre Chords Based on E on the Guitar

Once you've got a handle on forming major and minor barre chords on the guitar, it's time to add some more depth and variety to your playing. Dominant 7th chords have a sharper, more complex sound than [more…]

How to Play Barre Chords Based on E Minor Seventh on the Guitar

Minor 7th chords have a softer, more complex sound than straight minor chords do. To add this jazzier chord to your repertoire you need to learn how to play minor 7th chords based on E on the guitar. You [more…]

How to Play A-based Minor Barre Chords on the Guitar

Once you've mastered playing A-based major barre chords on the guitar, you'll find learning A-based minor barre cords a breeze. You don't need to do the strange finger contortions for the minors that you [more…]

How to Play Jazz Guitar Using Chord-Melody Style

Chord-melody style, as its name implies, is a jazz guitar solo style that incorporates both the melody and harmony (chords) of a song. When you learn to play a chord-melody style, you can jazz up an existing [more…]

Tips for Playing Guitar Barre Chords

Having difficulty at first in creating a barre F is normal (discouraging maybe, but normal). Learning how to fix common guitar barre chord problems can help you nail this vexing chord before you decide [more…]

How to Play A-based Seventh Barre Chords on the Guitar

You won’t encounter any weird hand contortions or new techniques when learning to play the A-based 7th barre chord forms on the guitar. Playing the A-based major barre chord on the guitar is quite awkward [more…]

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