Playing chords is an essential part of playing guitar.
No matter what kind of music you want to play - if you’re a guitar player, you’re going to spend a lot of time playing chords.
Most of the time, guitar players learn chords in a way that doesn’t really help their guitar playing.
Many methods and guitar teachers give students a long list of chords to learn, with the promise that one day they will be used to play songs.
If you’re like most students, you have no idea which chords sound good together or why.
It can be frustrating to learn pages of chord shapes and still not be able to play songs or write your own music with them.
It can be easy to get your chords confused, and there are often an overwhelming number of chords on the chord resources you can find.
The truth is that many popular songs use just 3 or 4 related chords - so if you play your cards right, you can get away with learning just 3 or 4 chords to get started playing real songs.
Make learning chords easier by learning to see the big picture.
When you’re learning to play guitar, learning the chords is one of the most important things you have to do. It is one of our fundamental skills, and you typically learn at least a few chords when you are getting started with your guitar lessons.
The problem that a lot of people have is that a lot of brainpower is devoted to memorizing where to put your fingers to make each chord. While this is important (if your fingers are in the wrong places, you’ll play the wrong chord - or no chord at all), there is an approach you can use to make it easier on yourself.
By learning how to "connect the dots” and visualize your chords as shapes, you can help yourself learn your chords faster in the first place, and have an easier time remembering them as you play through chord progressions or songs.
The ukulele is a great instrument. It’s portable, it’s fun to play, and it’s a relatively easy instrument to get started on.
By learning a few well chosen chords, you can start playing songs on your ukulele today!
Instead of memorizing a huge library of chords, and trying to use them in songs later, I’m going to take you straight to the 4 ukulele chords that will let you start playing real music right away.
You don't need to know thousands of chords to start playing jazz guitar.
When you’re just getting started with jazz guitar, it can seem pretty daunting.
At first glance, there appear to be hundreds or thousands of possibilities when it comes to the chords you will need to learn.
In reality, things aren’t that complicated. There are really just 5 different types of chords you need to learn in order to get started playing jazz guitar.
By learning these chords, you will be able to start working your way through playing jazz standards or jazz ensemble music.
Once you are comfortable with the 5 basic jazz guitar chord types, you will have a good foundation that you can use to learn more complicated variations of these chords later on.
In this lesson you will learn:
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