How To Play Chord Progressions

How to put chords together

advanced guitar chords

One of the best aspects of researching songs is it will force you to learn more complicated pieces of music. Eventually you will come across a song that will have a Gsus2 or a G/D or even a B6. These are not as complicated as you may think, and once you happen upon them, stop and learn! Don't just look the chord up and copy the fingering, pay attention to what notes are in the chord.

A basic major chord is the Root, 3rd, and 5th and a minor is a Root, flattened 3rd, and a 5th… those are simple, but once we jump into 7ths, 6, 9, and many more it can start to get complicated. But have no fear the more you play songs with advanced chords the more they will start to make sense.

In the beginning of your journey it may have been difficult to finger a certain basic chord, but over time it become like second nature. The same will happen with advanced chords, at first they will appear daunting, but the more songs you play, and pay attention to, soon enough music theory will start to make sense!

Strumming Chords

guitar strumming chords

Now as you are learning your chords it is best to practice specific strums. Strumming comes in a multitude of styles, from simple up and down, to alternate bass picking, to specific complicated patterns on each chord. It can be as easy as an alternate bass folk song or the more challenging picking of The Beatles Blackbird.

If you research strum patterns you will find there are a few basic ones to know, however when you are first starting out, it is ok to just play what feels right. It often sounds good to first strum one bass string (one of the three low strings) and then a couple treble strings (the three high strings).

You will find if you stick to a pattern on each chord it will sound quite pleasant. Sometimes the best way to learn music is to just put the book or link down and play what feels right. Take a simple chord progression like G-C-D and create your own strumming pattern across these chords. This is often a way to learn the basic of songwriting.

Yes, it is early in your guitar journey but it is never to soon to learn to start writing your own music. Play all the chords you can, see which sound good together and try every strum you can!

How to write your chord progressions

Writing a song is simply a creative building process. Here are some suggestion to help you create your own chord progressions.


How to make your chord progressions more interesting

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Chord Progressions | The Nashville Number System

Before we get into some of the basic chord progressions in modern music, let's discuss some points on notation. The Nashville Numbering System is a method of denoting chord letter symbols by using roman numerals. For example let’s say we take one of the more common progressions known as the I-IV-V, or the 1-4-5.


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