Guitar Chords: 10 Easy Ways to Build Guitar Chords

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Guitar Chords

Guitar chords allow us to play the songs we like in an easy way. No matter if our voice is good or not so good, with a guitar and the correct guitar chords we can sing the melodies while playing the guitar chords along. Read 10 easy tips to build your own guitar chords.

Guitar Chords: the basics

Guitar chords are the harmony that supports the musical line.

If you watch cartoons, guitar chords will be like the background where the main characters are developing a story: the trees, the sky, the lake, the bridge, the house, etc.

Something you may not know, is that the chord system is not part of all the cultures. Some cultures develop their music without using chords.

Guitar chords can be as complex or as simple as you want to make them.

That is the beauty of guitar chords.

Many guitar instructors teach their students the open chords, or the bared chords, or even the power chords.

I prefer to explain how to build guitar chords, and then show to my students the different kind of guitar chords. It just makes more sense to me.

I need to admit that to my students doesn’t make too much sense at the beginning. I can see it in their eyes.

But eventually they will understand and appreciate this extra piece of information.

I believe that understanding that you can actually build your own chords, opens a door to my students imagination. Is like they can actually create their own guitar chords.

Building Guitar Chords

This is going to sound like a recipe, and it is intended to be a recipe.

We work in our culture with a triad to create the chords. The triad involves three different tones that can be played together (block chords) or not together (broken chords).

From the melodic scale, that is by the way based on the Ionian mode, we have the following tones:

C (Do) – D (Re) – E (Mi) – F (Fa) – G (Sol) – A (La) – B (Si)

To build guitar chords you need to put together:
– The first or your root: in this example is C (Do)
– Your third: in this example is E (Mi)
– Your fifth: in this example is G (Sol)

Your C guitar chord will be the combination of C, E, and G.

In your guitar, your string number one (the one closer to your lap), is E when you play it open.

Your string number two is B when you play it open, and changes to C when you play it on the first fret.

Your string number three is G when you play it open.

Your C chord can be then string number one open, pointer on the second string on fret number one, and string number three open.

That’s it!

There are many songs you can play with only one chord.

The six strings C chords repeats the same pattern, so you have more Es, more Cs, more Gs.

But the best part is that knowing how to build guitar chords gives you the power to create your own guitar chords. So, if for instance, you want to build a different C chords, you just need to find another C, another E, and another G on your guitar and voila.

10 Easy Ways to Build Guitar Chords

Tip #1: Find the three tones closer to each other
Tip #2: Use the top strings for a hard sound
Tip #3: Use the middle string for rhythm guitar
Tip #4: Use the first three strings for lead guitar
Tip #5: Experiment different positions for the chords
Tip #6: Try to play each part of the song with a different type of chord
Tip #7: You can always drop strings original tuning
Tip #8: Use your pick
Tip #9: Mute with the heel of your playing hand
Tip #10: Never stop creating new guitar chords

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In-Home Guitar or Piano Lessons

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In-home Piano Lessons

In-home guitar lessons or in-home piano lessons provide the best way to have your child or yourself immerse into music education.

The thing is that everyone of us learn in a different way.

Group lessons provided by your city may work for some students, so if your decision is due to economic reasons, try and cut expenses somewhere else to afford the 101 private in-home lessons.

When you have an instructor coming to your place, that gives your child confidence and the sense of abundance, two strong emotions that will help them as they grow and face different challenges.

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I got students that bought a guitar program at Costco. They never used it. If you have the program, but you don’t have the instructor to keep you going, chances are you will not.

In our academy, we don’t take last minute cancellation. It is not healthy for the student’s progress. If the student is really sick,  we still charge for the lesson and provide a make up class later on.

We see teaching in-home guitar lessons and teaching in-home piano lessons a medium to teach students the power of commitment, persistence, and hard work to achieve any goals in life.

We believe that every time we are teaching, the lessons should go beyond the music instruction. Students need to learn the importance of developing new skills through learning guitar or piano, and the way they will apply those new learned skills in life.

If you would like to start your in-home guitar lessons or in-home piano lessons, contact us today.  We can start in the next couple of days.

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Guitar Lessons in Dublin CA and Pleasanton CA

Music present several benefits for the brain plasticity. Music should be a discipline that we develop over the years because will help to generate health neurons to prolong the life of our brain.

Music has the power to activate many brain areas responsible of the well-being of every individual. As a matter of fact, complex and widespread activation in many areas of the brain has been seen while performing, or listening or even mentally imaging music.

Playing Guitar, Playing Piano or any other instrument demands extensive motor and cognitive abilities, and early musical learning results in plastic reorganization of the developing brain.

At the Lepeley Academy, we work hard to provide the best service and music instruction knowing of the importance of Music Education in children and adults.

Our dynamic guitar lessons are in-home private guitar lessons that teach you the guitar chords, guitar scales, advance guitar techniques, playing with a pick, finger picking, different styles so you can learn blues guitar, rock guitar, jazz guitar, Spanish guitar, and we offer acoustic guitar lessons, electric guitar lessons, and lead guitar lessons.

For the convenience of our students, we also provide some free video guitar lessons as part of our online guitar lessons. In this way, students can check the material that was taught in each of the guitar lessons.

We also provide guitar lessons for beginners, classical guitar lessons, guitar lessons for kids, and the best part is that we develop a program that provide easy guitar lessons.

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Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a more advanced player, we offer you the opportunity to learn and improve your skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals from a professional musician and teacher in a friendly and creative curriculum-based environment. You’ll learn to play with a band, write original songs, and record your music!

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Extra-Musical Benefits

Some studies suggests that music lessons provide children with important developmental benefits beyond simply the knowledge or skill of playing a musical instrument.

Musical lessons may enhance intelligence and academic achievement, build self-esteem and improve discipline. A recent Rockefeller Foundation Study found that music majors have the highest rate of admittance to medical schools, followed by biochemistry and the humanities.

On SAT tests, the national average scores were 427 on the verbal and 476 on math. At the same time, music students averaged 465 on the verbal and 497 on the math – 38 and 21 points higher, respectively.

Skills learned through the discipline of music may transfer to study skills, communication skills, and cognitive skills useful in every part of a child’s studies at school, though.

An in-depth Harvard University study found evidence that spatial-temporal reasoning improves when children learn to make music, and this kind of reasoning improves temporarily when adults listen to certain kinds of music, including Mozart (Rauscher, Shaw & Ky, 1993).

This finding which has been named “The Mozart effect” suggests that music and spatial reasoning are related psychologically (i.e., they may rely on some of the same underlying skills) and perhaps neurologically as well.

A relationship between music and the strengthening of math, dance, reading, creative thinking and visual arts skills has also been reported in literature.

Our in-home Guitar lessons and in-home Piano lessons are available for the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin, and San Ramon. We also offer online lessons for families wanting to learn guitar but living in other cities.

A good way to start or to continue your children’s music education, is with in-home private lessons. I go to the comfort of your home and design a customized program that aligns with each student’s learning process and expectations. Don’t delay this decision.

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Music Good For All Ages (Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon)

According to a new nationwide survey conducted by the Gallup Organization, more than nine in ten Americans believe music education should be a part of every student’s day. In fact, more than three-quarters of the people questioned feel that states should mandate it.

Recent scientific findings about the broad benefits of music education have had an effect on people’s attitudes. Eighty-one percent of respondents said they feel participating in school music corresponds with better grades and test scores, up sharply from 69 percent in 1997.

Seventy five percent said they believe learning a musical instrument helps students do better in other subjects such as math and science, and 73 percent said they believe teens who play an instrument are less likely to have discipline problems.

The 1997 study took place just as the new wave of music research was beginning to build. Since then, scientists in a variety of disciplines have published findings that reinforce the value of music education; not only for its own sake, but as a key to intellectual development, physical wellness, and improved academic grades across the curriculum.

For example, researchers at Michigan State University, led by Dr. Frederick Tims, have found that making music improves the health of the elderly. At a Miami Veterans Administration hospital, Tims also found that group music therapy raised the levels of important neural hormones in Alzheimer’s disease patients.

A study from the University of California at Irvine led by Dr. Gordon Shaw found that elementary school students at the 95th Street School in Los Angeles who took piano lessons boosted their math performance.

In fact, the same researchers who conducted the 95th Street study have also found that the neural firing patterns at the most basic level of brain activity seem to resemble the patterns in music.

If you live in Pleasanton, Dublin, or San Ramon

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The Need of Music

From a neurobiological point of view the early years of childhood are crucial for the development of synaptic connections in the brain.

However, we must not overestimate the first years. Humans never finish their learning process. It is impossible to abstain from learning (we cannot not learn) because of the structural plasticity of the brain.

However, it is much easier to learn during the flexible developmental phase of the brain. Therefore, the most important faculties (as upright position, verbal speech, logic thinking, abstract formal operations etc.) are developed during the first years of life.

Learning is based upon the plasticity of the brain which is most powerful in the early years, however, it keeps going over the entire life span. From a human, neurobiological, educational and ethic perspective early childhood education is important.

Families and pre-schools (kindergartens) are the first and most crucial agents to present a stimulating enriched environment for learning.

Brain development is basically determined by its genetic disposition, but its individual structure depends on its use. The brain develops according to how we use it. All experiences are stored in the brain and influence its neural structure.

Recent findings in animal research have demonstrated that emotional deprivation and loss of social contact negatively effect the deep structure (limbic system, amygdala) of the brain. This has promoted “neuro-didactics” because of the obvious impact of neurobiological processes on teaching and learning.

Afflictions such as hyperkinetic and attention deficit syndrome (ADS) refer to a possible interaction of emotional care and brain development.

This supports the social and educational demand on policy makers to strengthen families for their educational duties so that they can offer the best possible learning environment for infants.

Pre-schools and schools can only support, but not replace parental care. Music learning as any other learning needs individual social interaction and informal guidance.

Music plays an important role at that early age. In its own unique way, musical practice activates rhythmic processes. The experience of time and space in childhood is different from that of adults. Children explore time and space by body weight and flow of movement whereas adults count and measure.

Therefore, it is obvious and reasonable that children need music as a means of rhythmic repetition and structured movement. And they respond to music very sensibly.

Music stimulates the growth of brain structures and connects many activated brain areas. Musical practice calls for fine motor coordination, and enhances the phonological loop. It is not a question of whether music is processed in the right or left brain hemisphere, because music fosters a strong inter connectivity and coherence of both hemispheres.

As shown by the treatment of cochlear implant children, music functions as a highly differentiated stimulation for the underdeveloped auditory cortex.

Research on music aptitude has demonstrated that every human being is born with a certain level of musical potential which holds its highest degree right after birth and can never exceed this level.

Without any informal environmental stimulation a child’s musical potential will decrease and finally disappear. Therefore, it is extremely important to expose the brain to various musical stimuli so that it can develop musical representations.

The learning window for the musical brain opens at a very early age. Parents and educators should aim to develop each child’s given potential.

Music learning already starts at a prenatal stage (as Kodály mentioned: Music education starts nine months before birth – of the mother!) and continues informally after birth depending on parental musical activities. Children learn music as they do with language, i.e. they do not start with grammar and theory, but with practice.

They develop knowing-how before knowing-about. Action knowledge represents the most robust representation of musical knowledge. The vital need for music facilitates learning by practical approaches. Music, then, becomes a natural means of communication and expression.

In view of the above, it is our responsibility to provide all children with the best possible education corresponding to general human conditions and individual cultural properties.

Exchange and interaction of different cultures can be seen as the best way to prevent the clash of cultures and to establish a peaceful symbiosis of people in the global world. The most powerful neural networks and behavioral attitudes are developed during childhood.

A general acquisition of knowledge of the surrounding world governs our feelings and thoughts, our practice and knowledge. Music education plays its particular role in children’s education. It fulfills an ethic doctrine to support and develop a given potential to the best possible extent.
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