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 Want To Play Guitar Like The Pros? Part 1 - Chords 
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Want To Play Guitar Like The Pros? Part 1 - Chords
by: David Woodford

Many consider playing the guitar seems easy, and for others playing the guitar seems hard. A popular part of playing the guitar is chords. Whether it’s strumming them, plucking them or anything else you have to have a basic understanding of chords. All chords aren’t the same. Power chords are a good way to begin learning chords, and advancing to normal chords is usually the best way to master them.

The chords in guitar songs are almost always strummed. The only time when they are not strummed is when they are played separately, and in that situation the notes are usually plucked. If each note of the chord is picked individually, the composer might even decide to skip some notes. A lot of chords can begin from power chords, which are just 2 notes. Power chords are mostly used by the younger players with small hands. If the person cannot stretch there hands out for the whole chord, then they can just play two strings that will just produce the same sound. Although the chord and power chord produce the both sound, they are both very different. The power chord will always have at least 2 notes, but the power chord will not have more notes than the normal chord. For example, let’s say someone was playing the E minor chord. The E minor chord consists of the 2nd fret in both the 5th and 4th strings. That form is usually the most common form of the E chord, but it can also be considered a power chord. Power chords usually give the most basic sound possible. If you add more depth to the chord, it will become a normal chord. In order to do that, you have to add more notes that are part of the power chord. Let’s go back to the E chord example. The two notes are B and E. In order to do this, you have to know the fret board. To add more depth to this power chord, you must add more B and E notes to the chord. The 6th and first strings open are both E notes. By adding those notes, you now have 3 E notes, and 1 B note. To make it even, you would need to add 3 more B notes. The 2nd string open is also B, and so is the 4th fret of the 3rd string. To do this chord, the persons hand would have to stretch from the 2nd to 4th fret. For people with big hands, that would be considered easy. But for others, a power chord would seem like an easier option.

Learning the chords isn’t the only lesson that needs to be learned for chords. Switching to different chords is also a big part of playing them, especially if a song requires lots of different chords. A good way to practice the speed of switching chords is to rest your fingers in the position of the chords. Going back and forth, without playing the chords, will help you gain speed. This can be done while watching your favorite TV show, or outdoors just to relax. After a few minutes of switching, you can add more and more chords. Finally, when you can switch fast enough, you can start to play the chords. Start out slow, but every time you accomplish perfection with the speed, bump yourself a little bit faster. In the end, you will be able to play chords and switch chords a lot faster than you started out with. Improvement is the key!

About The Author

David Woodford is a professional writer who specialises in beginners guides for a variety of subjects. He is currently writing this series of guides on learning to play guitar for novices and ‘false beginners’.

More information about learning to play guitar the easy way can be found on his site at

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