Chords in a key
Open position chords in the keys of C and G
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SWS for beginners
Find the key center and all chords with the SWS
Use this application to see what chords belong to which Roman Numeral in a key.
Here at beginner, only the keys of C and G are available. This is partly down to that these are the keys of the songs you learn in the beginner course. Mainly, however, it’s because these are the two keys that use almost only open position chords.
The main goal of the SWS is to see what number each chord gets. By thinking of chords as numbers (Roman Numerals), you lay the foundation for understanding music.
Below the application, you’ll find links to lessons that have changed key, using a capo.
Talking About A Revolution – Step 5
To change key from G to C means we’ll also learn new chords.
Redemption Song – Step 4
This means you can soon join me and the singer, which is what happens in the final step.
Go to Redemption Song step 4.
Robin Hood – Step 4
You’ll get TAB and loops for everything to set you up for the final step.
Go to Robin Hood step 4.
One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 4
We’ll do this by switching key from C to G and then placing a capo on fret five.
The Drugs Don’t Work – Step 4
In this last step, we fit a capo on fret five and work on playing picked and strummed parts as if in the key of G.
This then becomes a more creative 2nd guitar part that you can use when playing along with me and the singer.
Go to The Drugs Don’t Work step 4.
Time Of Your Life – Step 4
The easiest way to do this is to use the same pattern but change the key and therefore chord shapes and apply that capo.
Go to Time Of Your Life step 4.
Wonderwall – Step 5
Learn this and you can play with me and the singer, rather than just playing the same thing as me.
Go to Wonderwall step 5.
Rewind – Step 4
When you play this along to the video with me and the singer(s), we’ll sound like a band.
Go to Rewind step 4.
Rewind – Step 5
After trying each section to the loops, play along with me and the singer(s) again.
Go to Rewind step 5.
Instead of just learning each song as a new letter combination of, let’s say C – Am – F – G, you will be much better off seeing them as the roman numerals I – VI – IV – V.
Go to Beginner chord progression.
What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?
Go to Beginner guitar exercises.
Not only will learning songs help you with switching between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.
Go to Beginner guitar course.
Beginner Acoustic Songs
Go to Beginner acoustic songs.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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