Learning Chords (Guitar Lesson)


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Brad Henecke

Learning Chords

In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the concept of playing chords. He teaches the A, D, and E chords.

Taught by Brad Henecke in Beginner Electric Guitar with Brad Henecke seriesLength: 9:54Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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fatman1537fatman1537 replied on May 26th, 2017

Your a great teacher Brad. I think your videos are easy to follow. Thanks

firedog4firedog4 replied on January 7th, 2014

Brillant!

scrollerscroller replied on October 13th, 2013

good lesson, but you're using too much sustain/overdrive on the amp, dude.

marcus1979marcus1979 replied on July 21st, 2013

Hi,I am visually impaired and am trying to avoid reading everything on each page just to find out one questinn. I am losing confidence in myself as I practice hours a day and am still not aable to jump from one chord to another quickly. Is it just that it takes a long time to do this? I set the 'beat machine" to the slowest beat possible and i still can not go from one chord to another and keep up. I have to feel my way around and by the time i have the chord, the beats have already moved on and I fall behind. Is it just that it takes a very long time for this to be easy for someone to keep up the pace? I really appreciate a response from anyone,a member or whomever. I do not l know how to get members to chat with. I can not find the pate to do so .

acallensacallens replied on January 28th, 2013

Finally, someone who teaches the A chord in a logical position. It gives more fingers in the ideal position (right behind the fret wire) and make at least one finger have a common position between A and multiple other chords.

ktrockktrock replied on July 3rd, 2013

I've seen Amaj played with the 1st finger barring the D, G, and B strings. But it seems difficult to this and keep the high E string open. It gets muted by part of the finger.

danludwigdanludwig replied on January 10th, 2013

I've played the Amaj 4 ways other than was taught in this lesson. Never seen that Amaj shape before, interesting, will have to practice it.

tyrion lannistertyrion lannister replied on December 3rd, 2012

awesome tip on the a chord men ;)

13lashj13lashj replied on March 18th, 2012

ive noticed that the a chord is sounding buzzy at the second string when playing your method of the a major chord. the way you play it is difficult for me. is it ok to play it a diffrent way that i feel comfortable with or will that affect how easy it is to change positions on the fretboard?

monekaymonekay replied on June 25th, 2011

I know where the chords are, I just hv problems switching on beat on the rhythm lesson...it's frustrating when I cant make the change fast enough, been on this for a month!

jefferson_onejefferson_one replied on October 12th, 2010

Nice to have your videos back ... part deux!

robabrobab replied on October 11th, 2010

Love the video!!! Great job. Makes it easy to learn.

Beginner Electric Guitar with Brad Henecke

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Brad Henecke starts you on your journey into the world of the electric guitar with this beginner oriented lesson series.



Lesson 1

Buying a Guitar

Brad Henecke gives some thoughts on buying a guitar and related accessories. A perfect lesson for an absolute beginner!

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Hand Stretches

In this lesson, Brad Henecke covers the important topic of hand stretches. Failure to stretch and warm up can lead to injuries including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Using a Tuner

Brad Henecke talks about different kinds of guitar tuners, including his personal favorites - the clip-on tuner and floor tuner.

Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Fifth Fret Tuning Method

Brad demonstrates how to use a tuning fork and the famous fifth fret tuning method.

Length: 5:42 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Single String Picking

Brad Henecke explains how to properly hold the pick. He also provides several single string picking exercises.

Length: 10:19 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

The Language of Music

In this lesson, Brad talks about the language of music and introduces the chromatic scale.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Learning Chords

In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the concept of playing chords. He teaches the A, D, and E chords.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Rhythm Patterns

Now that you have a few chords under your belt, Brad Henecke discusses some relatively easy strumming patterns.

Length: 7:05 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Two New Chords

In this lesson, Brad introduces the C major and G major chords. Every guitarist must posses this potent knowledge!

Length: 16:01 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Lesson 10

A Minor Chord

Brad introduces the A minor chord and teaches a chord progression to go along with it.

Length: 7:24 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

D Minor Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the D minor chord and several chord progressions.

Length: 7:06 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

The E Minor Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the E minor chord and teaches several chord progressions that use it.

Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

The A7 Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the A7 chord and teaches three chord progressions that can be used for practice.

Length: 4:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

The D7 Chord

In this lesson Brad Henecke teaches the D7 chord and several useful chord progressions.

Length: 4:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

The E7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the E7 chord and teaches several exciting examples to be used as practice.

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

The G7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the G7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.

Length: 5:07 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

The B7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the B7 chord and several useful chord progressions.

Length: 4:42 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

The C7 Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the C7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.

Length: 4:17 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

The F Major Chord

Brad Henecke introduces one of the more difficult beginner chords, F major. He shows how this chord is played and teaches a few chord progressions.

Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only

About Brad Henecke View Full Biography Brad Henecke was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 5th of 1963. He has been a fan of music for as long as he & his family can remember. You could always find him running around the farm wailing on his cardboard guitar, pretending to be a member of the rock band KISS. Additional inspiration came during his first concert when he got the chance to see Boston & Sammy Hagar in the early 1970's.

This opened up a whole new world of rock and roll music for him; his parents noticed his growing interest in music and enrolled him into guitar lessons when he was 13.

From there he jumped into two years of lessons at a local music store in Cedar Rapids. After discovering Eddie Van Halen, Brad knew that the guitar would always be a part of his life. He took his love throughout the city as he played as a pit musician & jammed at parties for friends.

This made him thirsty for more. He enrolled classes at Kirkwood Community College & also took lessons from the one & only Craig-Erickson (www.craig-erickson.com).

His love for music landed him a gig opening for Molly Hatchet in Cedar Rapids with a band called "Slap & Tickle". He has also played in the Greeley Stampede show for quite a few years with "True North".

Brad is currently playing in Greeley, Colorado with a rock band titled "Ragged Doll". They play a wide variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock from the 60's to present, with Brad playing electric guitar in the five piece lineup.

He currently jams on his all-time favorite guitar: a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. Beyond guitar, he plays also plays drums & bass guitar. He has also been known to thrash a banjo from time to time. He is still actively playing & passing his 31 years of playing experience on to others (you!).

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