How To Create Your Own Guitar Chords

In this video, you’ll learn how to create your own guitar chords, simply using open chords you already know, and a basic scale. The example is in the key of G, so our open chords are G, C, D and Em, Am and Bm. The relative minor scale is E minor, so we’ll use the E minor diatonic scale.

There’s nothing super complicated about this technique; basically we’re just adding notes from the scale to the chords to create new sounds that we don’t have in the basic chord forms. This technique can produce some cool ideas for song writing, jamming, or improvising.

To learn more about how chords are created, I recommend checking out my Unlocking I IV V course.

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  1. Roberta
    2 years ago

    Boom shakalaka boom boom, problem solved.


  2. Wout
    2 years ago

    Hi Jonathan,

    That is a ver cool way to show us how to create our own chords indeed.
    I think I am gonna grab my guitar straight away and let the neighbours hear
    what I can come up with…!

    Thanks and keep on playing,
    Wout

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