This is a public version of the members-only Gypsy Jazz & More with Andreas Oberg, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Gypsy Jazz & More with Andreas Oberg.
Join Now

Guitar Basics
Introductory Guitar Concepts for All Players
 ≡ 
Tricks & Techniques
An Assortment of Techniques for Specific Playing Situations
 ≡ 
Jazz Basics
Introductory Jazz Guitar Concepts
 ≡ 
Jazz Advanced
Advanced Jazz Guitar Concepts
 ≡ 
Gypsy Guitar
Concepts and Techniques for Playing the Gypsy Style
 ≡ 
Lick Breakdowns
Detailed Analysis of Specific Licks and Melodic Ideas
 ≡ 
AGU Tunes
 ≡ 
30 Day Challenge
 ≡ 
+Music
 ≡ 
Video Exchange Archive
 ≡ 
«Prev of Next»

Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Basic Chord Shapes: Major

Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Resources () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials Music Theory
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Close
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   
Jazz & More Guitar
information below Close
Information
 ≡ 
Course Description
 ≡ 

This is only a preview of what you get when you take Jazz & More Guitar Lessons at ArtistWorks. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
X
Log In
X
Guitar Basics, Basic Chord Shapes: Major.
It's time for
me to show you some basic chord shapes.
And these simple chord shapes will be
able to take you a really long way.
You will be able to play hundreds,
maybe thousands of songs.
Most of them pop or rock.
That all, that all these songs
have the same structures.
So, after this lesson you will probably
be able to play songs like this.
[MUSIC]
Something like this.
[MUSIC]
Even, you know,
using songs with minor chords.
[MUSIC]
But we will start with the major chords.
I will show you the basic shapes
before going into bar chords.
I will show you the basic shapes
[SOUND] using some open strings and
[SOUND] some strings where you have
to push down the notes like this.
[SOUND] But bar chords,
we will follow later.
Let's start with for instance a G chord.
And in in a regular chord if
we say this is a G chord,
it means you have the root,
you have the G.
You have the third.
The third step of the G major scale.
And that's a B.
[SOUND] It's called the third.
And then you have the fifth.
[SOUND] The D.
[SOUND]
So this is called a G triad.
[SOUND]
So one of the most basic chord shapes.
The easiest one would be
to play it like this.
G, B.
[SOUND]
But
I will show you a voicing that
sounds better, a fatter one.
We have G, you have B using my second
finger here on the sixth string.
Use my first finger on the fifth string,
open D string.
This the fifth, back to the root again.
Open G string.
Then I use my third finger for playing
a D here on the B string, third position.
And my fourth finger like
this on the top string.
And let's start by coordinating
with the right hand.
Try to do it like.
[MUSIC]
Then, one, two.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
Just even fourth notes, quarter notes.
[MUSIC]
Then
you can start doing these,
these upstrokes.
[SOUND] Now I'm just muting so
you will see how my right hand is moving.
Open string.
[SOUND].
[MUSIC]
Like
that.
And sometimes, if you wanna add
a different flavor to this chord.
Instead, for instance,
if you wanna create a good bass line
following some of the other chords.
You might, instead of having G.
[SOUND] in the bass.
You might wanna have
this note in the bass.
The third.
[SOUND] It's still the same chord.
Still the same notes.
But you have a different root.
And then it will sound like this.
[SOUND]
Or it, maybe you
want to have D in the bass.
[MUSIC]
The fifth in the bass.
Then it's like this.
So the original chord.
G with B in the base.
Third in the base and
G with the fifth in the base, D.
So those are the basic three
inversions of that chord.
[MUSIC]
Alright, time for the next chord, C.
This is a basic chord shape for a C chord.
C, E, third finger,
second finger, open G string,
third finger and an open E string on top.
A root, third, fifth, root and a third.
[MUSIC]
I like that one.
I also like to to play that
chord like this and add a ninth.
This is more, this means I add
the second step of the scale, a D,
to get this kind of flavor, because
in many songs you go in between a G,
which is a tonic chord and in the key of G
this would be called a sub dominant chord,
the C, the relationship is
between these two chords, so.
[MUSIC]
That's a good,
good way of playing that C chord,
adding the ninth.
C add 9.
[MUSIC]
There's the D,
on the t3d position second string.
But you can, of course,
also do it like this.
And you can even add if you wanna
add a G on top, instead of the E.
You can add a G.
[MUSIC]
There are many possibilities,
many possibilities.
[MUSIC]
>> And
maybe play if you want
to have the third and
the bass we play an open
E string like that.
And maybe want to have G in the bass.
Now the fifth, you just add it here.
[MUSIC]
On the low E string.
[MUSIC]
Nice, right?
And then.
In the key of G now we
have the tonic chord.
We have the sub dominant chord,
and here is the what we would
call the dominant chord.
The fifth fifth step
of G of a major scale.
We, we'll get back to
the major scale later.
This is called a D chord.
So we have D.
We have A, first finger, second position.
We have D once again.
3rd position, second string.
And we have F sharp on the top E string,
like this.
[MUSIC]
And
if you want to add the third,
the F sharp in the bass, you can add it.
Either you can move fingering to use these
3 fingers, a 2, a 4 and a 3 here and
you add this one on the lower e string,
f sharp [SOUND] But
I like, kinda like doing like with
the thumbs, like you keep the rhythm.
[SOUND] See if you can try to grip
this with the thumb like this.
[MUSIC]
Coming from the other side of
the guitar neck, so.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So as you can hear,
going from G when you're going to C,
instead of jumping like this,
it might be good to play this
chord in between, the third.
'Cause then you will have
a chromatic bass line.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
[MUSIC]
And then if, and you have a D, D chord.
You can even,
do this before going back from D.
Going back to G.
[MUSIC]
You can use
[MUSIC]
this voicing.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Instead, you will,
once again, have a chromatic approach.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
Sounds really good.
[MUSIC]
Then, you can also, it's just,
it's called suspend chords.
Instead of using the third,
you can add the fourth.
[MUSIC]
So as you can hear, it sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
It's a little suspension.
It's nice.
Instead of the third,
instead of the third you add,
you can do the same on the C,
moving that E.
Into an F.
[MUSIC]
Third, fourth, third.
[MUSIC]
And on the G chord.
[MUSIC]
Then you can use a C instead of the B.
[MUSIC]
All right, just
move one finger.