Get Started Now. This open version of the Cm is a great way to play an easy version of a normally tough barre chord using open strings and only three fingers. It’s a bit tricky though because it involved muting the fourth string with your first finger. Check out the diagram below and then watch this video from our online course – Guitar for Intermediate Beginners for a detailed explana
Get Started Now. Leave the third out for a tonally ambiguous chord. These chords are often used for transitions in TV, film and theater because they leave an open feeling hanging in the air like something’s about to happen. Enjoy!
Get Started Now. This two finger chord can be great in the place of a regular C! Especially if you’re playing in the key of C and it’s the last chord of the song. You strum it very slowly on the last beat and shrug your shoulders with a pained face on, like it’s so beautiful it hurts! Try it!
Get Started Now. Need some intrigue in your life? Try the E minor major 9! “What? How can it be major and minor?” you ask. It’s rare but it’s a thing and James Bond is just that cool. (note: I’ve included an image of Timothy Dalton because that’s Bond to me. I wish things could’ve been different but that’s how it turned out.) Enjoy! The James Bond Ch
Get Started Now. Augmented chords are made by raising the fifth note of the chord one half step. By themselves they sound pretty terrible but in context they can be great, as long as the tension they create is resolved. Check out Oh Darling by The Beatles. The first chord is an E augmented which just kind of hangs there at war with itself until it’s beautifully resolved to the first chord of
Get Started Now. How a nice simple chord of the week? Am7 is a two finger chord that can be played in place of a regular Am anytime you feel like adding a little James Taylor style flavor to your chord progression (see Fire and Rain). You can also use this one to start off Rocky Racoon by the Beatles. Have fun!
Get Started Now. Something reminded me of Tears for Fears and here we are. A/D is the first chord in Everybody Wants to Rule the World (the 1985 video for which I’ve embedded here for your viewing pleasure!). The second chord in the song is a G/D which is just a regular G played from the fourth string. See the whole chart from echords here. A/D
Get Started Now. If you’re playing in the key of A major, there is an excellent chance that you’re going to run into an F#m. The key of A is very common so if you’re a beginner looking at chord charts on the internet, there’s a good chance that you’ve already been shut down by this difficult barre chord. Don’t worry. Eventually, you’ll be able to play all
Get Started Now. This chord is a game changer!! Why? Because as a beginner, you can learn G, Am, C, D and Em to be able to play almost any song in the world (as long as you put it in the key of G). The only problem is Bm. It’s a common chord when you’re playing in G and it’s the only one that is normally played as a barre chord. Barre chords are hard but now you have an option! A
Get Started Now. Our chord of the day is an alternate version of D over A (D/A). It’s an alternate version of a normal D chord played with an open A string. In this case both E strings aren’t played and the F-Sharp is brought up from the high E (like in a normal D chord) and played with the 3rd Finger on the D string. It’s a great way to play a D/A in case you’ve popped you
Get Started Now. This chord can be found in Neil Young’s Needle and the Damage Done and it is almost always followed by an E major. The easiest way to play it, is to play an E major and then just add your pinky on the third string, second fret.
Get Started Now. You’re searching online for the chords to one of your favorite songs. Maybe it’s Chordie.com or Ultimate-Guitar.com or maybe it’s here in the NYCGS Chord library. And you find your jam, but wait! There’s an F chord in this song and you don’t know how to play F because you’re a beginner! Well fear not! Enter: Fmaj7. This chord sounds amazing and
Get Started Now. You can hear this chord in great songs like Space Oddity by David Bowie and Jealous Guy by John Lennon and there are several ways to play this chord. Of course there are several ways to play any chord but this one in particular warrants a quick exploration! Here is one of the most easy, common and versatile ways to play it. This is the one from the songs I mentioned above. Here is
Get Started Now. People have based entire careers off of this chord! Greenday always jumps to mind but pretty much all punk is based around the power chord (named for it’s thick, edgy rock and roll sound). To play it you must only hit the strings that your holding (no open strings). The amazing thing about this chord is that it is both moveable and tonaly ambiguous! This is a B power chord o
Get Started Now. Here it is! This chord is prominently featured in both Foxy Lady and Purple Haze and can also be referred to as an E7#9 though guitarists all over the world know it as the Hendrix Chord (just in time for his birthday).
Get Started Now. Here is a nice simple, easy to play chord. The “sus” in Asus2 is short for suspended meaning it creates suspense. Sus chords are great to use if you’re scoring a film or a play. If you’ve every watched HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords”, you’ll notice that many of the scene changes are littered with these chords which gives you the feel
Get Started Now. I’m just arguing with the bookkeeper about whether or not to call this chord a Cadd9. As you may know, the 9th scale degree is the same note as the 2nd scale degree. Usually, when someone says add2 they really mean add9 but in this case the note we’re adding is actually an octave lower which makes it a real add2. Does that sound like nonsense? That’s ok. All you
Get Started Now. Happy Halloween! Here is one the spookiest chords around (the E diminished). This diminished chord is normally played just before an F chord. To maximize spookiness follow these steps. 1. Play the chord 2. Move the chord up so that your first finger is on the 5th fret 3. Move again so your first finger is on the 8th fret 4. And one more time so your fist finger is on the 11th fret
Get Started Now. This slash chord ultimately amounts to a G7 in third inversion but it has a completely different feel than your average G7. If you’ve ever looked at any of the videos from our Near Beginner Class Online you have heard this chord before as it is at the beginning of every video. Finally, it’s the first chord of one of my favorite Elbow songs, The Bones of You!
Get Started Now. Boring old D chord got you down? Try the Dadd9add4! This chord can be found in REM’s “Man on the Moon”, “The Engine Driver” by The Decemberists and Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper”. All you have to do is play a C chord and then move it up two frets.
Get Started Now. Is the C chord killing you? Try this chord and then come back to the C chord. It will seem easy! If you’ve spent any time fooling around with our chord dictionary, you may have noticed that we have a very nice open version of Cm. Cm is usually played as a bar chord so it’s nice to have options when you’re starting out. This is another open version of Cm which is
Get Started Now. C/G is really just another way to play C. The G, which is added to the bass, is already in a C chord (the open 3rd string). We’re just putting it in a different place. However, a small change can make a big difference! The C/G has a great depth and when it comes to guitar, it’s one of the most powerful inversions! I play a C/G probably two out of three times instead of
Get Started Now. This four string chord goes great with last weeks chord (10th fret A7) because they share the some of the same open strings. You can also add your pinky to the twelfth fret for a higher E. Have fun!
Get Started Now. With two open string juxtaposing the high notes, this is a beautiful sounding chord. Now you can’t just go subbing it out for an A7 just willy nilly. It doesn’t always work. You’ll know when it’s time. P.S. The 4th finger is optional. It’s lovely with an open E as well. P.S.S. Follow us on instagram and get your chord of the week delivered!