Learn Guitar Chords Online: Really Cool Way To Learn New Chords

Learn Guitar Chords Online: Really Cool Way To Learn New ChordsBy Mike P Hayes

guitar chords onlineHere’s a very simple idea that will enable you to quickly find new chords on your guitar. Actually, it’s a game that’s fun to play while you explore the magic land of harmony on the guitar fretboard.

Here is how it works…

1. Simply choose one note, it can be any note at all; the idea is to see how many chords you can play with this one note in it.

2. Make this note the highest note (in pitch) of the chord.

3. See if you can name that chord.

I’m going to use the note “E” and try to find chords with the note “E” in them.

I’m identifying the “E” note with brackets

Here goes…

If you are just starting out on guitar you might come up with something like this…

C

-[0] —

–1 —

——-

–2—-

–3—-

–x—-

E7

-[0] —

–o —

–1—-

–0—-

–2—-

–0—-

A7

-[0] —

–2 —

–0—-

–2—-

–0—-

–x—-

D9

-[0] —

–1 —

–2—-

–0—-

–x—-

–x—-

G6

-[0] —

–0 —

–0—-

–0—-

–2—-

–3—-

You could even make up a chord progression with your new chords.

C /// | E7 /// | A7 /// | A7 /// |

D9 /// | G6 /// | C /// | C /// ||

Of course this is just one of hundreds of possible chords and progressions possible when you play this game.

The idea is to get you thinking about chords in a creative way e.g., I came up with the D9 chord by starting with a D7 chord shape then modified the chord shape to include an open “E” note on the first string, the next step was to figure out how to name the chord.

I did the same thing with the G chord, I began with a G chord shape then modified the shape to include an open “E” on the first string. A more advanced player might take a chord shape and move it all around the fingerboard naming the chords as they find sounds they like.

Here’s some examples…

E

-[0] —

–o —

–1—-

–2—-

–x—-

–x—-

F#7 (add 11)

-[0] —

–o —

–3—-

–4—-

–x—-

–x—-

G6

-[0] —

–o —

–4—-

–5—-

–x—-

–x—-

A (add 2)

-[0] —

–o —

–6—-

–7—-

–x—-

–x—-

The advanced player might use the starting note as a musical pivot point and create all sorts of chromatic chord progressions, in this next example I’m going to move our famous “E” note to the second string, fifth fret; it’s the exact same note I’m just moving it to give you an idea of how the chromatic progression might look.

Bm11

–x—

-[5]–

–7—

–7—

–x—

–7—

Bbm7b5

–x—

-[5]–

–6—

–6—

–x—

–6—

Am7

–x—

-[5]–

–5—

–5—

–x—

–5—

Abm7#5

–x—

-[5]–

–4—

–4—

–x—

–4—

G13

–x—

-[5]–

–4—

–3—

–x—

–3—

Gb7

–x—

-[5]–

–3—

–2—

–4—

–2—

FMaj7

–x—

-[5]–

–5—

–7—

–8—

–x—

E

–x—

-[5]–

–4—

–6—

–7—

–x—

Again, just one of the possibilities, it’s a great way to find fresh sounds on your guitar and test your knowledge of the guitar fretboard and musical theory all at the same time.

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