Mastering the Art of Guitar Chords

Learn the fundametals to playing your favourite songs heard on the radio (or MP3 player)!
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

In this course you'll learn to master guitar chords that are fundamental to exploring your favorite songs.

By the end of the course you will have developed a taste for most of the "open" guitar chords and you'll also learn exercises that will help you remember them quickly. Also during this course, you'll start practicing intermediate techniques that include finger style strumming, 7th chords, and a flamenco technique called rasqueo.

This course will also help you overcome one of the toughest challenges when learning guitar, that is chord changes. Your instructor Matt will show you a sure-fire way to master chord changes, a skill that stops many in their tracks.

This course is structured in three sections:

1. The basics - How to hold your guitar, hand positions, reading tabs and strumming

2. The chords - Develop your knowledge of chords and how to play chords

3. Going beyond - Practicing songs and riffs using the chords you've learned

As well, by using this platform to learn music it allows you to interact and ask questions as you go. Your instructor Matt will be available to answer any questions you have. That said, we expect that this will be a self-sustaining course in that your peers can help you too.

This course will take you about 1.5 hours to go through all of the material, but learning music should be a lifelong journey. Take your time to master this skill and before you know it you'll be playing for your friends and family!

Now, if you want to learn guitar chords and get started playing your favorite songs this course is for you!

What are the requirements?

  • Guitar
  • Guitar pick
  • Metronome (optional)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play all open guitar chords
  • Learn your favorite songs
  • Learn to play chords for different styles of music
  • Learn to play chords on accoustic or electric guitar

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners
  • Those new to guitar chords
  • Students who need a refresher on guitar chords

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction and Guitar Basics

Welcome to Mastering Guitar Chords. This video will explain everything that will be covered in this course. It'll also give you a heads-up on how to use this course and how to get the most out of it. Enjoy!


In this section you'll learn the basics that will help you get started with playing guitar chords. The video will cover the proper way to hold your guitar in order to avoid injury and to make things as easy as possible.


This lecture will cover the basic hand positions you should use when playing guitar.


If you are new to guitar, you'll want to watch this video. In this video your instructor Matt will show you how to read tabs and chord charts. This is a foundational step for learning how to read guitar music and guitar chords.

Section 2: Learning the Chords

Here we go.

In this section of the course you will learn how to play various chords that are crucial to learning your favorite songs. We'll start out with three note chords in this video.

Be sure to download the course files so you can practice and follow along with Matt.


Here we go with the next step in your guitar chord mastery program. This lesson will teach you how to play four note chords.


This is one of the biggest challenges you will face, so take extra time to learn the methods in this section. In this lecture you'll learn how to take the chords you've already learned and practice changing between them.


Alright, now on to the full chords. Here you'll need to use two, three and four fingers in order to play these chords. They are the most rewarding to play and after you finish this lesson you'll be on your way to guitar chord mastery.


Now that you've learned all of the most common chords we'll start looking at suspended chords. In this video, Matt will also show you an easy way to work through these colorful chords.


In this lecture you'll learn more advanced chords that will spice up any song.


For all of you rock fans, here you go. This lecture will cover how to play power chords - a staple in the rock world.


Here you'll learn how to expand your chord possibilities and learn to play barre chords.


Now that you've learned the basics of barre chords Matt will teach you how to play some of the most common barre chords.

Section 3: Playing Chords and Strumming Techniques

This lecture will teach you the basics of how rhythm works. It'll also show you how to strum the chords.


Finger picking is an important playing style that every guitar player should master. In this lecture, Matt will show you what you need to know to get started.


This bonus section will teach you how to play Spanish style guitar, which is also know as Flamenco.

Section 4: Practical Applications

This lecture will show you how to put everything together and learn your favorite songs. Good luck and let us know what songs you are working on.


Now it's time to say farwell. We hope you've enjoyed the course. If you have any questions Matt will be able to answer them if you submit them using the questions feature in Udemy. Good luck with your music!

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Instructor Biography

Matt Martin, Professional Guitar Instructor and Musician

When asking this up and coming guitarist what has influenced him, you’ll find that Matt Martin has many influences in his eclectic music career – one that has spanned a decade. Over the years, Matt has shown that hard work and a passion for what you do is a deadly combination.

In high school Matt discovered the guitar, specifically metal guitar. During the next few years he played in the school bands and a metal band that performed popular cover songs and recorded an original album. Before graduating high school he was awarded the honor of top music student in the school – a far cry from failing in grade nine on trumpet.

Matt has studied with many notables including in-demand session guitarist Darrin Schott, classical guitar expert Wilma Van Berkel, flamenco guitarist Francisco Morales (in Spain), and electric guitar virtuoso Tom Hess. He is a graduate of Western University in London, Ontario and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. As a teacher, Matt teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, and is a professional rock band coach.

Outside of music, Matt studies the Spanish language, enjoys great hikes up mountains, and shooting archery.

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