Adding Spice With Chord Modifications

In the last lesson, we looked at one way to inject life into a basic strum pattern – this time we’re looking at how we can spice up a basic chord progression. We’ll learn a few new chords, and see how they can be easily interchanged for the old ones.

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gary
9 years ago

in a rut…not playing with any group right now need something to get me back on track…

gary
9 years ago

in a rut ,need something to get me back on track

Benn Walker
Benn Walker
9 years ago

Another great sample. I have been mixing in 7’s and the add9’s in my playing for a while now, but it is great to have it explained, and with more detail to come with the new course it should help take my playing to a another level. Looking forward to Friday.
Thanks.

Scott Connell
9 years ago

Great way to play standard chords. I tried it and it made something plain into something that sounded fresh and new. It was refreshing and not that difficult.

Henk Kamps
9 years ago

Liked the lesson. Particularly the fact that small things have big impact and the countless possibilities on such a simple instrument. Thanks!

Dotty Fern
9 years ago

Pretty cool, ive done that with the g chord and a few others did not know what I was doing. but sounded good, thx

Lem Genovese
Lem Genovese
9 years ago

Keeping the fretting fingers moving and combining that with different picking, strumming and muting truly spices up the dynamics, flow and interest. Neil Young has been doing this for decades.

Greg Meylan
Greg Meylan
9 years ago

Good. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s lesson too.

Martin
Martin
9 years ago

Really like this mini series, it’s giving
me lots of ideas, very effective and
Interesting sounds etc

Douglas
9 years ago

Good lesson, I have tried a couple of songs by changing to different chord patterns but I found you kind of have to know where to make the change and I believe this lesson will help very much.

Jeff Godoy
Jeff Godoy
9 years ago

Your courses are always top-notch! Things I been struggling with you make easy and understandable with your teaching methods. You are the only teacher I have found that blends Music Theory with everything you do. You explain not only the how but the why.As long as you keep making courses. I’ll keep buying them.

Paul
Paul
9 years ago

I will buy your course based on when to add the riff

Cleophas Mc Donald
9 years ago

Hi J, I used some of the modifications through some of the gospel songs played in church and the music just seemed to flourish. Great Experience. Thanks.

Mike from VA
Mike from VA
9 years ago

Thanks for these tips J – I’m using these chord variations to improve my blues sounds (which it really does) and to use ad hoc when I am just “strumming” in a new progression or key. Look forward to your next lesson!

Lynne
Lynne
9 years ago

Variety is the spice of life….and certainly applies to guitar chords

David DePoe
David DePoe
9 years ago

This is great. I really helps add color and variety to my playing..

Richard Strand
9 years ago

Good lesson, some of this I have figured out in the last few years, wish I could have seen these kind of lessons 55 years ago when I got my first guitar.

lucbinh
lucbinh
9 years ago

Hi J. I learn some I didn’t know before from your first lesson. Thanks so much.

Faith Joyful Jenny
Faith Joyful Jenny
9 years ago

Hi. Im Really new at guitar super beginner and help me to learn this, its hard for me at first but its good my finger crazy move great. Million Thanks

Desiree
9 years ago

I don’t have any formal education in guitar, just what I have picked up from others and on the net. (Admittedly, I have bought a couple courses and have been disappointed so I’m a bit hesitant to buy again) I love it when I find someone who shows this sort of “modification” because I can use it immediately. I would like to learn theory in guitar but I would also like to have it where I will understand immediately how it applies. Then I know I would not give up on it so quickly. This may be the course that has just that.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Enjoyed the video. I knew these chords, but I think I have a better understanding of how to use them. I enjoy your stuff!

Bill Lingelbaugh
Bill Lingelbaugh
9 years ago

I started out as a pure rhythm player and used this technique without thinking about it. It could control the whole mood of the song, the tension and resolve. I could get the drums and bass to follow me and the music really came together. This is a very valuable concept to learn and master. It will change how you approach songs and music. If you can get fingers snapping and toes tapping you’re doing a good job.
Thanks Guys for addressing this valuable tool.
Bill

Rick King
Rick King
9 years ago

My playing is plain, so I will use this to add some life!!

Dave
Dave
9 years ago

Nice video. Thanks!

Bill Baker
Bill Baker
9 years ago

Thanks so much! I occasionally have used some of these chords but didn’t understand how the progression could be put together!

Mickey Duane
Mickey Duane
9 years ago

I really like your courses. I am trying to develop some good demos so as to perhaps get them recorded. Bank is taking the house in January and I take care of my disabled wife. I can’t afford to buy anything right now but this course is right up my ally. I need to learn new things.

Thanks Mickey

Whit Swain
Whit Swain
9 years ago

I have been asked to join with some friends in a pick-up jam session. We are all in our 60’s and 70’s and they are accomplished musicians which I am not. With this dynamic strumming I feel as though I will actually be contributing rather than be just tolerated because I am a good friend.

Mark Stephenson
Mark Stephenson
9 years ago

Jonathan I am also relatively new to playing and am the type of person who wants to know the reasons behind the music . The lessons that you produce seem to supply the necessary theory as well as focusing on the skills that a beginner needs to make a little bit of music. Thanks and keep it coming! Mark

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Richard Prochowski
Richard Prochowski
9 years ago

Jonathan, thanks for the great tip. I'm going to try incorporating it into a song I'm working on. Happy Thanksgiving…even though you're in Canada!

Terry
Terry
9 years ago

Jonathan, I use to play many years ago but have taken a long break. I enjoy your video’s and they have helped me start to learn new chords and patterns. Thank you very much.

Samuel Bloodgood
9 years ago

Thanks Jonathan! Keep em coming!!

chris cummings
chris cummings
9 years ago

This is how teaching should be. Keep it nice, simple, clearly explained…….and fun.
Thanks.

Sam Lyons
9 years ago

Wow J:
I am really enjoying these videos. By adding additional fingers to traditional open chords, some great sounds can be accomplished. Can't wait to get your full course. Hope I am one of the lucky ones who wins a copy of your complete course. Just fantastic…

Gary Malinowski
9 years ago

Liked the lesson a great deal will try adding the variations to my playing. Thanks for everything. Been watching for a long time.

Nadine Martin
9 years ago

This is so cool, I've been thinking about how to do this and here you are right on time.
Fantastic!

Daniel Boehrer
9 years ago

I like your videos – short and motivating

David crane
9 years ago

Hey Jonathan. I’m gonna use these chord substutions to advance my playing with different sounds. I plan on using them on my looper while soloing over them. Thanks for all of the great videos and instruction. If it wasnt for you and colin and laying the foundation for me i probably would have quit already. Im almost at 2 yrs of picking up the guitar and it’s all because of you guys.

Thanks again,
Dave

Heidi
Heidi
9 years ago

Like others, I’d heard and experimented a little with stuff like this in the past, but hadn’t understood why or how it worked. This mini-lesson, along with the info in the unlocking I IV V course, and another of your mini lessons posted recently, are finally starting to help me understand vs. just trying to memorize. THANKS! 😀

Tom Moore
Tom Moore
9 years ago

I enjoy your lessons, using the chord variations, getting some really good sounds.

Mike Stinson
Mike Stinson
9 years ago

great Lesson, I am 63 years old and have been playing accustic guitar for a little over 3 years now, your lesson changing the chord by adding 7th and add nines will help me add some new sounds and much needed inspiration to my old playing country songs. thank you for the inspiration. .

Henry Jablonski
Henry Jablonski
9 years ago

You are a good teacher with easy to understand approach.Thanks.

Henry Jablonski
Henry Jablonski
9 years ago

You are a good teacher and present your lessons in easy to understand format. Thanks.

Allen
Allen
9 years ago

Of all the thinks I could improve on to make my guitar playing better… it would be rhythm and strumming.

allan hall
allan hall
9 years ago

I recently picked up my guitar again just getting back into playing, I purchased your unlocking 145 course which helped to motivate me , and helped me understand what I was playing and why, keep them coming and thank you again.

Larry Smith
9 years ago

which I had seen this type of lesson earlier on in my journey . Makes a lot things fall into place

Danny Carman
9 years ago

Great lesson, I like being able to substitute different variations of each main chord to add different tones to my playing or maybe a particular song I'm learning. Thanks Jonathan for some new ideas and Happy Thanksgiving

Barry Kille
Barry Kille
9 years ago

Hi Jonathan. I've been using variations in my strumming and it adds flavour. Good to see you are showing this technique. Keep up the tips….very helpful. Cheers…, Barry

Scott Torrance
Scott Torrance
9 years ago

Hey Jonathan , Your lessons have led to more than a few ah ha moments for me and helped me to stop trying to be too structured. I am still studying your 1-4-5 lesson when time permits. thanks

Traci Rohm
Traci Rohm
9 years ago

Thank you! Playing quite a few chords already but never knew these & they bring out the essence of the song a bit more vibrantly!

Garry
Garry
9 years ago

This is right where I am at now. I like the sound when you change to a variation of the chord being played. Just playing the same chord all the time sounds boring.

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