• Kaymery Swart

Let’s learn more chords!

Although the C Family chords are effortless to play, not many songs solely employ them. As time goes on, you have to know ALL chords in order to play ANY tune.


DO NOT PANIC! Eventually, all chords will become effortless to play.

For now, let’s learn four new chords. They are D, E, A and Bb.

D, E, A


These four chords can easily be utilised using chords that you are already familiar with. Play the three minor chords you’re familiar with first.


Now convert these into D, E, and A. You can do this by slightly moving your middle finger up onto the black notes as seen below.


These chords are called Major chords. The difference between these chords are significant and at opposite poles.

The minor chords sound sad, while the major chords sound happier.

Here are the tricks used in transforming the various chords:

· Raise the middle note (3rd) up by one note to turn a minor chord into a major chord.

· In the same way, lower the middle note (3rd) to transform a major chord into a minor one.

Let’s focus on the Bb (B flat) now.

First play the chords that you are already familiar with: Bo (B diminished). Do not forget that it is the last chord in the C Family.


Now, convert the chord into Bb. This is possible by moving your thumb down onto the black note (Bb key) as seen below.


This chord is used more than the B diminished chord.

By now, you have learnt ELEVEN chords!


Now try practicing these progressions of the chords you’ve just learnt.



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