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Seven Easy Guitar Chords That Will Make You Sound Better

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Jim Lill offers up this great lesson demonstrating “7 Easy Guitar Chords That Will Make You Sound Better.”

As Jim notes, “Everybody knows the basics—G, C, D, etc.—but if you really want to sound like you know what you’re doing, it’s good to have some tricks up your sleeve. Here are seven of them!”

In the video below, Jim talks about the chords, shows how and where to play them, and then demonstrates each over a recorded track. The chords include C#m7(no 5), Badd4/D#, E/A, D9(no 3), Bm7(no 5), F#m7add4, and Gsus4add6/B. He also explains the key in which each can be used and the chord that each replaces.

Check it out and expand your color palette in just minutes.

Jim just announced the launch of his Back from the Gig podcast, where he talks about the lifestyle of making music and answers questions from listeners after returning from a gig. You can get his regular podcast updates right here.

In addition, remember to visit Jim’s YouTube channel for more of his great videos. And take a look at his new Guitar-Lick-A-Day Instagram page, where you can learn a new lick every day, with tab available for each lick.

You can also find more lessons and MP3s at Jim’s website, and purchase his e-book, The Graphic Guide to Country Guitar. Join his mailing list and receive immediate updates on videos.