3 Simple Shapes for Beautiful Chords (ANYONE CAN PLAY!)

If you want to start playing beautiful strong melody lines that can quickly and easily be converted into new killer guitar riffs you are going to love checking out the way that these three simple shapes I demonstrate in this lesson can operate all along the span of the guitar fingerboard...

 

 

In this video, I’m going to show you the three best intervals for building up your riffs so that the riffs are more melodic without necessarily having to focus all of your time training on learning every note name, or a lot of music theory.

 

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This lesson focuses on 3 shapes that are not only easy to play but when they’re combined with a few open strings you’ll achieve a beautiful sound that strongly connects all of these shapes together. 

 

Typically, we refer to these shapes as intervals, because they only have two notes. 

 

One of these shapes will quite likely be VERY familiar to you, (and depending upon what you’ve studied in the past, it’s quite likely that the other two shapes may also be somewhat familiar as well). 

 

Let’s get things started by running through each of the three shapes. Then we’ll get into a number of different playing options that you can use with them to start making some music. 

 

 

 

 

 

Example 1): The Minor Third

In this first shape we have a pattern that stretches across a whole step between two strings. The interval is referred to as a “Minor 3rd.” 

 


 

Example 2): The Major Third

Our second shape is a smaller pattern that applies a half step between two strings. The interval is referred to as a “Major 3rd.” 

 


 

 

Example 2): The Perfect 5th

Our last shape is another pattern a whole step apart between two strings. The interval is referred to as a “Perfect 5th,” however, more commonly it will be referred to as a “Power Chord.” 



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CONCLUSION:
Once you become familiar with these three shapes the fun can really start for you. And, as you’re about to see and hear, it is very easy to apply these shapes (and use them to develop really beautiful sounding music). 

 

But, the best part is that you won’t need to know any note names on the neck, and you don’t need to understand anything about music theory. 

 

The shapes can be moved anywhere along the neck and you can even combine them in all sorts of random ways against open strings for some very cool sounding layered effects. 

 

So, when you understand the fact that these shapes are super easy to play and how these shapes can be applied in any way that you’d like on the neck, you wind up with tons of options for their application in music. 

 

Let’s wrap up by exploring those options with a melodic example… 

 

Example 4): Melodic example DEMO (Key of “E Minor”) 

 

 

 



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