Play Creative Guitar Chords
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Play Creative Guitar Chords

Amaze your friends with your chord playing!
4.5 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
20 students enrolled
Created by Rick Payne
Last updated 7/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 15 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play basic chords and change the way they sound.
  • Use Barre chords in different way
  • Play a whole range of cool sounding chords
  • Mess around with power chords
  • Be aware of diminished and essential jazz chords and get creative with chords.
  • Change tuning to create different chord sounds
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  • You should be able to play a few basic shapes on the guitar.
  • Play simple strumming or picking patterns.
  • You should want to be inspired to try different ways of playing chords.

I've been playing and teaching guitar for many years, and I'm still amazed by the inspiration you can get just by placing your fingers on the fretboard in sometimes random ways. You can pick or strum a chord, change your fingers around, take one off, or put one down, and "hey presto!" some wonderful sound leaps out of your box with strings. I'm not saying playing some chords are always easy, and it can sometimes feel like an assault course for the fingers, but stick with it and reap the rewards.
When I'm teaching I'll often introduce a novice player to an easy to play chord with an exotic sound,and find they're quickly hooked and inspired to learn more. In this course I want to share some of the many ways you can get creative with chords and hopefully inspire you to experiment with them in your own learning and styles of playing; write songs, or simply sit there and chill out!
The chords can be strummed or picked, and I'll give you some of my interpretations on the way. I don't want to get too technical or bogged down with 'chord chemistry' as they say, think of them as ideas to play around with - just a few of the many possibilities. If you're new to playing most shapes can be both a way to inspire and also to exercise those fingers!
There are 11 main sections all supported by in-depth video examples and downloadable PDF files so you can keep a record of the chords used.
Main sections include:
Messing With Basic Chords
Busting The Barre Chord Shapes
Cool Chord Shapes
Slash Chords
Power Chords
Diminished Dimensions
Essential Jazz
Tweaking The Tuning

Who is the target audience?
  • New sounding guitar chords will aid the creative process especially when you want to compose
  • If you've been stuck in a rut with the way you play chords and you want to learn lots of different shapes.
  • This course is great for both acoustic and electric players.
  • If you don't want to get bogged down in theory and chord chemistry this course is for you. Just sit back and play the chords in your own way.
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 01:42
Basic Chord Technique
1 Lecture 00:54
Are you familiar with reading chord diagrams? Check out the kind used here.
Messing With The Basics
5 Lectures 19:16

Mess with the E chord.

The E and Em Chords - 15 Exercise videos

The A and Am Chord - 9 Exercise videos

The C Chord - 9 Exercise videos

The G Chord - 7 Exercise videos
Busting The Barres
1 Lecture 03:27

Use the PDF and 8 video exercises to change the way you play barre chords

Get to grips with these chords and begin to change the way they sound!
Trying The Triads
1 Lecture 02:32

These little chords can help you create chord melody in your playing - PDF and 6 exercise videos.

Get creative with triads
Cool Chords
1 Lecture 03:59

There are lots of shapes you can play about with - try these 10 video exercises and examples.

Be Cool With The Classic Asus2, Bsus2, Bsus2, And Bsus4 Chords and more.
Slash Chords
1 Lecture 02:49

Fill the gaps between chord progressions with these 'slash chord' examples - 9 video exercises.

Preview 02:49
Power Chords
1 Lecture 03:03

Power chords are just as great on acoustic guitar - check out these 8 video exercises.

Preview 03:03
Diminished Dimensions
1 Lecture 02:19
Use these Diminished shapes to add more creativity to your chord playing
A Few Essential Jazz Chord Changes
1 Lecture 02:59
Maj7th and Maj6th chords and more!
1 More Section
About the Instructor
Rick Payne
4.5 Average rating
2 Reviews
36 Students
3 Courses
Guitar Instructer And Performer

Rick Payne is an established acoustic blues guitarist with many national and international tours to his credit. He has become especially well known for his authentic acoustic blues finger picking, in the many traditional styles of the blues including delta blues, piedmont, ragtime and slide and has recorded several albums of this kind.

Often compared with Ry Cooder, guitar maestro Rick Payne’s performances have taken him to prime time TV, to festivals and theatres throughout the UK and on tour to Europe, USA, India, Scandinavia and Greek Islands. He has provided music to a number of major TV productions, for programmes on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. He has also featured on The Paul Jones and Mike Harding's show on BBC Radio 2.

Rick has recorded a number of CDs, including the noted Blue River Blues

Reviewers have described his sound as: heart wrenching and passionate, delicate and scorching, seriously brilliant, totally absorbing and spellbindingly evocative with raw and fiery vocals to match.

Rick's latest CD Radio City is now available as CD or download Courses and guitar workshop style sessions, teaching the art of Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Rev Garry Davis, Django, Ry Cooder and many more.