6 May 2010

8 Ways to Get Better At Guitar Chords

Playing guitar chords is an important skill for any guitar player. The more chords you know and the more easily and fluently you can play them the better you will be at playing rhythm guitar. This article for guitar players of all levels offers 8 ways to get better at playing guitar chords.

1. Learn to love chords

Chords are the foundation of rhythm guitar playing and the better you know them the more fun you'll have. Learn to love chords and all the interesting musical things you can do with them and you'll get more out of your guitar playing.

2. Become an expert

Your love of chords and what they can do for you should push you to learn as much as you can about them. For example, learn all about chord inversions and extensions, or how to alter chords by moving just one note.

3. Learn how chords are made

Your first step to becoming a chord expert should be to learn how chords are made. You can learn the notes of each chord and their relative scale positions. Your knowledge will help you learn how to find or create fingerings for any chord, play chord extensions and inversions and enrichen your playing.

4. Use practice systems

As you deepen your chord knowledge you'll need systems to help you regularly practice and revise all the chords you've learned. It's easy to forget to practice some things as your chord repertoire grows, develop and use systems so that you practice all the chords you've learned.

5. Record your knowledge

A useful way to track your chord knowlege is to keep your own chord dictionary. Use it to record the chords and shapes you learn to play. Over time you'll learn many and if you don't keep track of them you'll forget them.

6. Practice in all keys

Whenever you learn a new chord progression or a song practice it in as many keys as possible.

7. Integrate each chord you learn with those you know already

Make sure you understand how each new chord you learn relates to the others you already know. What is its place in progressions and songs? What other chords does it work well with?

Remember too to practice the new chord with the chords you know already, learn how to change to and from all of them with the new chord.

8. Integrate new chords into your repertoire

When you learn a new way to play a chord try out the new form in your existing songs and progressions. This will grow your playing options and also allow you to hear how different chord forms sound.

Develop your chord knowledge and playing skills using these eight tips. Keep building your chord skills to become a guitar player capable of playing interesting rhythms and accompaniments and you'll always be in demand.

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