Beginner's Chord Lesson

by David Wallimann

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  • I remember my first steps as a guitar player. Those were not easy days! One of the toughest stumbling blocks I had was playing the bar chords correctly. My fingers were not strong enough and it took me a while to get used to those odd fingerings.

    A few years have past and I realize today that those chords that gave me so much trouble are actually not really a big part of my musical tools. I often use soem easier shapes for those chords resulting in a smoother, nicer technique. Those chord substitutions will work in most cases and should really help you focus on making music instead of spending all your time trying to play the perfect bar chord.

    Once you are familiar with some of the ideas exposed here, try to use these shapes in your own music and see what happens. Have fun!

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