Learn guitar With The One Chord Method
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Learn guitar With The One Chord Method

How many chords do you need to know? Just one...
4.7 (9 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.
1,878 students enrolled
Created by Johan van Rooyen
Last updated 6/2017
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Know and apply the one chord method
  • Play any major in minor chords
  • Figure out different options for each chord
  • Go through a chord chart and understand what it means
  • Figure out the chord progression for (almost) any song
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  • Have the urge to learn to play guitar

This course goes through a unique system for playing the guitar. The one-chord method. Using only one chord, you can learn to play almost any song. As a teacher of guitar I have spent much time gradually figuring out this simple system, which will allow you to learn songs quicker, and easier than ever before.

Learn The Only Chord You'll Ever Need

  • Understand the one-chord method
  • Apply it to find any major or minor chord
  • Find the chords from the songs that you love
  • Play hundreds of famous songs - all with only one chord

Never worry about memorizing chord charts again.

Using this method, the world of music can open up to you. There are easily thousands of songs that can be leaned using this simple system. Once you have mastered the one chord system you can go out and confidently tackle whatever songs that you may wish to play. People that can quickly and easily play any chord have a great advantage playing in bands, or as solo performers.

We start from the basics of getting the fingers moving easily and independently. From there we start to work on developing the only chord that you need to know. We do this by working up to it in several steps - gradually building up the strength and ability to play the entire chord cleanly. You will apply the one-chord as you go, working through a few examples of songs and using the chord to figure them out.

Once you have the system mastered, we examine the one-chord with a critical eye and uncover some of the weaknesses of the system. From understanding the weaknesses, we will add two small modifications to the system, which will unlock huge possibilities in your choice of how to play a song. Having these choices allows you to take a song and play it in the way that you want.

You will walk away from this course with only one chord. But, more importantly, the knowledge to use this one chord to play thousands of songs.

Who is the target audience?
  • People that have always wanted to learn guitar
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
The basic basics
5 Lectures 22:51

What is the one chord method? Is it really possible to learn to play any song with only one chord? Yes it is! This video gives a brief overview of the one chord method and it can be used.


Learn how to grip the notes correctly so that you can get a good sound out of your guitar. Learn the 3 rules for ensuring great tone.

Using the left hand

Now that the left hand is moving nicely, learn how to use the right hand with a guitar pick in the optimal way.

Using the right hand

There are a lot of frets and strings on the guitar - which means that there are a lot of places to put your fingers! This video enlightens you about finding and naming the notes across the fretboard.

The guitar fretboard

To begin with, we will explore two different chord types - major and minor. These two chords have different sound and its important to be able to tell them apart.

Major and minor
The one chord method
7 Lectures 23:23

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step... To play chords with all 4 fingers, we must first be able to play a chord with only one finger.

One note

Step two of five. Adding in a second note. These types of two note chords are called 5th chords, and learning them is the next step in mastering the one chord method.

Two notes

Step three of five. This lesson is similar to the previous except that the extra note added is a different one. These create a two note chord known as an octave.

Two notes again

Step four of five. The lesson combines the two previous lessons. We place all three of the notes we've practiced so far at the same time - creating a three note chord known as a power chord.

Three notes

Step five of five. By adding in one final note we complete the one chord. With this one chord shape, you can play any major or minor chord that you might need - pretty neat!

Four notes

We only have one chord to work with - this video will teach you how to play both of the most common chord types: major and minor.

Major and minor - revisited

In this lesson we'll go back to the guitar fretboard and the names of different notes. From here we can combine this with the one chord to create various different chords.

The guitar fretboard - revisited
Song - Learn to Fly by the Foo Fighters
3 Lectures 13:01
Understanding the chord chart

Finding the chords

Playing the song
Modifications of the one chord
5 Lectures 16:13
Shortcomings of the one-chord method

Minor chords on the E string

Example - finding minor chord options

Major chords on the A string

Example - finding major chord options
Song - I'm Yours By Jason Mraz
5 Lectures 23:50
The chord chart

Figuring out chord options

Choosing the right chord options

Playing the song

About the Instructor
Johan van Rooyen
4.4 Average rating
39 Reviews
3,172 Students
5 Courses
Music Instructor

I engage with music on a daily basis. Whether it be performing on stage, writing and composing music, teaching my students, or working with the other teachers in the school, I have music with me.

I completed a BMus (Hons), and received numerous bursaries and awards over the course I my studies. I have also written music for the stage and screen, performed in bands across the country, and produced research.

I spend each day empowering my students to bring music into their lives, helping them to not only become better musicians, but also to become better people.

I live in Johannesburg with my fiance, enjoy motorcycles, hiking, reading and, of course, music.