Guitar Chords – an Introduction

Easy guitar learning concept built around one basic chord shape and one key and utilizing the “thumb strum”

What you will learn

To know how the guitar works and to get it ready for playing

To understand the basics of music theory

To know and be able to use all the chords in a key

To be able to construct simple melodies around chord progressions


By separating the different disciplines needed to play the guitar the journey to guitar playing enjoyment is made easy.

Simplifying the learning process helps beginners get over the usual stumbling blocks with ease.

The course also gives the student a solid foundation in musical understanding.

The lessons show how using our simple chord shapes chord progressions (and therefore, simple songs) are constructed, with special emphasis placed on a typical “blues” progression, and how to embellish those simple chords to add melody to the rhythm (the students own natural rhythm at first and then later counted out rhythm) and the harmony from the chords.

The lessons encourage the use of the “thumb strum” a simple alternative to playing strum/rhythm patterns with a pick/plectrum, which is difficult for beginners. But don’t worry, the “thumb strum” leads to many other types of guitar playing such as fingerstyle, percussive, flamenco, folk, and it won’t hinder you if you want to pick up a plectrum to play later on!

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These “shortcuts” which simplify the physical side of playing the guitar enable the learner to develop a better understanding of how music is constructed on a guitar and how music is constructed in general, giving a great foundation for future learning, a foundation that only enhances the student’s enjoyment of playing the guitar and sense of achievement.

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The course also covers all the basics of the guitar, such as knowing the anatomy of the instrument as well as how it works. How to tune up the guitar using an electronic tuner or phone app and by ear. There is also instruction on how to change a broken string and how to restring all the six strings of the guitar.




Shortcut to Guitar
Anatomy of a Guitar
Tuning the Guitar
The way a guitar works
The “Thumb Strum”
How to read tabs
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Tuning the guitar by ear
Exercise 3
Exercise 4

The One Chord

The “Family” of chords
Exercise 5
Exercise 6
Melody notes
Exercise 7
Exercise 8
Completing the “Family” of notes
Exercise 9
Exercise 10
Exercise 11

The Four Chord

The Four chord
Exercise 12
Execise 13
Exercise 14
A two chord progression
Exercise 15
Exercise 16
Exercise 17
More melody notes
Exercise 18
Exercise 19
More melody notes
Exercise 20
Exercise 21

The Five Chord

The Five chord
Exercise 22
Exercise 23
Melody notes
Exercise 24
Exercise 25
The “Family Friend” note – the flat 7th
Exercise 26
Exercise 27

Chords and Keys

Where chords come from
Exercise 28
Exercise 29
Introduction to Keys
Exercise 30
Exercise 31

The Two Chord

The Two chord
Exercise 32
Exercise 33
Melody notes
Exercise 34
Exercise 35

The Three Chord

The Three chord
Exercise 36
Exercise 37
Exercise 38
Melody notes
Exercise 39
Exercise 40
The Minor Scale
Exercise 41
Exercise 42


Building chords recap
Exercise 43
Exercise 44

The Six Chord

The Six chord
Exercise 45
Exercise 46
Exercise 47

The Seven Chord

The Seven chord
Exercise 48
Exercise 49

Recap 2

Exercise 50
Exercise 51

Rhythm and Timing

Rhythm: Counting, Tempo and Bars
Exercise 52
Exercise 53
Rhythm: Using a metronome, Time signatures and 12 Bar Blues
How to restring your guitar

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