Guitar Nine Focus: Chords

A guitar chord is a combination of three or more different notes sounded together, while chord progressions are typically a series of guitar chords played in sequence on a scale (generally consisting of two, three or four chords). Given that there are music books with titles such as "1001 Chords", it stands to reason that there is a lot of information about chords and chord progressions for you to learn and master.

Here are some excellent and informative articles by our columnists that have appeared over the years on the subject of chords, chording, chord progressions and chord substitution.

Paul Kleff
Paul Kleff

Paul Kleff offers a simple, orderly way to analyze songs and reduce them into small, easily-practiced parts that can be mastered individually and then assembled into the complete song.

Tom Hess
Tom Hess Opus 2

Many guitarists play truly inspiring guitar phrases without playing in a very technical manner, and you can do this to when you follow the steps in this article.

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

Wrapping your mind around the old "cowboy chords" but have no idea where to go from there? Here is a simple concept helping you break free and stimulating creativity.

Sam Russell
Sam Russell

UK guitarist Sam Russell has some cool ways to spice up both open chords and standard chords with modal notes.

Simon Candy
Simon Candy

Chords have the potential to bring a whole new element to your soloing providing cool, unique, and contrasting textures amongst the single note lines you play.

Simon Candy
Simon Candy

Drastically improve your acoustic guitar playing with these easy to play, advanced sounding chords.

Simon Candy
Simon Candy

Simon takes a close look at the use of chords in this popular tuning.

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

You'll sound “outside” once you have mastered the “inside sound”.

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