The 10 Hardest Guitar Chords: See If You Can Play These

Looking for a new challenge? See if you can play these 10 guitar chords.

In this video, Darrell Braun presents 10 of his hardest-to-play chord voicings. These are extended voicings that stretch four and five frets. He shows how to fret each chord and demonstrates how you might use it in your playing.

As Darrell points out, if it’s too hard to play these on the lower frets, start off fingering them on the high frets and work your way downward.

As you’ll notice, all of these chords are perfect for jazz, but no matter what style of music you play, see if you can play them, then substitute them for other chords in your playing.

Before you attempt these, please follow Darrell’s advice and warm up with some finger and hand stretches. These 10 chords will literally stretch the limits of your physical abilities.

For more of Darrell’s videos, visit his YouTube channel.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.