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Guitar Strumming Patterns – Beginner’s Guide

The foundation of any song you’ll ever play is the rhythm. Whether it’s just you and your acoustic guitar, or if you’re playing rhythm guitar in a rock band, your ability to co-ordinate a good guitar strumming pattern can make … Continue reading

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Guitar Chord Patterns – CAGED System

When you think of guitar chord patterns, two things might come to mind. For some, it means the whole CAGED guitar theory that deals with the 5 major open chords (and how other chords are constructed from them), while for … Continue reading

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Rock Guitar Chords – Basics and Useful Progressions for Beginners

Playing rock music on your guitar is probably the coolest thing you could ever do! There’s no feeling like being up on stage in front of hundreds, or even thousands of adoring, screaming fans – complete with “mosh pits”, a … Continue reading

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Power Chords Chart – Quick Reference Guide For All Power Chords

Power chords are an interesting set of chords that have found favor with rock guitarists – as well as many players in other genres (such as blues). There are lots of reasons for this popularity and the aim of this … Continue reading

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Barre Chords – A Complete Guide (hopefully!)

Okay, so it’s been just five months since I started this project yet I feel like I’ve learned so much in that time. Barre chords used to be the bane of my existence as a guitarist but, thanks to the … Continue reading

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Barre Chords Chart – A Quick Reference for All Barre Chords

The cool thing about barre chords is that you can move them up and down the guitar neck to create new chords of the same type, e.g. you can play any major chord, using only one chord form, by simply … Continue reading

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Introduction to Barre Chords for Beginners – The B Minor Chord

First, let me acknowledge that barre chords are the single most frustrating part of learning to play the guitar for 90 % of people – including me. They can seem impossible to get right, at first, and have caused many … Continue reading

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5 Barre Chord Tips Every Guitarist Should Know

Barre chords can be a pain in the *** – but they hurt our fingers, wrists, thumbs, and even our forearms more than anything else. The weird thing is that most of the discomfort and stress isn’t necessary at all. … Continue reading

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Why Do Barre Chords Hurt So much?

They might just be the most irritating learning roadblock for new guitarists – and probably the reason why many simple give up the guitar or resign themselves to being limited by open chords (although a capo can help with some … Continue reading

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How to Play 7th Barre Chords – A Step-by-Step Tutorial

7th barre chords refer – as the name suggests – to the same 7th chord variations (major 7th, minor 7th, and dominant 7th) chords that you might already be familiar with – except that you play them using barre chords … Continue reading

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