Guitar Exercises – Chords
The guitar chords area of the site begins with two chord open chord drills. Each drill gets progressively more difficult.
The idea with the open chord drills is to give you a way to practice switching between each open chord in a whole, half, and quarter note settings. So the exercises do exactly that. The first chord is strummed and rings for a whole note, and then does the same for the second chord, then moves on to a half note on each chord, and then a quarter note on each chord. The open chord progressions patterns and rhythms are similar to chord progressions you will encounter in popular music. These exercises cover switching between some of the most popular chords, and include some of the more common strumming rhythms. You will find this area really helpful, and these exercises will give you the necessary tools to play a lot of music.
The bar chord exercises give you a way to build the strength in your hands that you’ll need to get bar chords ringing clear and full. These exercises get progressively more difficult as well. The bar chord exercises start on the first fret, and go through each fret up to the twelfth fret and back down to the first fret.
The F chord exercise and the Bb chord exercise are individual chord shapes in each key. The major, minor, and seventh bar chord drills are the sixth and fifth string voicings combined.
I-IV progressions cover the first and fourth chord in common major keys. The one addition to this exercise is that I am including both the major and minor voicings in these patterns.
I-IV-V progressions take you through three main areas for open chords and bar chords on the guitar. There is the lower area of the neck with open chords. The middle area of the neck with bar chords. And, the higher area of the neck with bar chords. The challenging part is connecting them all.
The I-VI-II-V progressions take you through three main areas for open chords and bar chords on the guitar. These exercises just include the VI minor, and II minor chords instead of the IV chord. There is the lower area of the neck with open chords. The middle area of the neck with bar chords. And, the higher area of the neck with bar chords.
Power chords, or “5” chords help you to work on picking hand palm muting, accent patterns and straight down picking in a rock setting. There are also some sixteenth note picking patterns as well.