Welcome to Acoustic Guitar’s Chord by Chord, a year-long series designed to build your fretboard familiarity, chord fluency, and understanding of harmony. From the very start, you’ll be able to apply what you learn here to playing and understanding songs.
You’ll start simply and slowly, learning one new three-note major or minor chord in different positions on the fingerboard in each lesson. Each time you learn a new chord, I’ll show you how to use it in a song. Then you’ll learn to connect two chords at a time, aiming for smooth, relaxed, efficient changes. At this point, we’ll introduce you to diminished chords, which are colorful variations on minor chords.
Next, you’ll explore four-note chords, including dominant and major seventh, ninth, and sus chords, which add tension, ambiguity, and complexity to your music. Finally, you’ll learn common chord progressions using the full range of major, minor, diminished, and four-note chords.