Little & Often #8 Chord Basics

Our Little & Often  series looks at a variety of subjects with the objective of providing ideas for warm-ups and general daily practice.

This session (#8) looks at how we build chords, name them and why some work together. We’ll keep things focused on what is practical for guitarists and avoid dry subject matter.


What we’ll be covering?

The basic idea behind these sessions is to review technical aspects and recommend exercises that you can build into a daily routine. This current series of four sessions covers:

#5 Barre chords and Alternatives

#6 Staying on a chord

#7 Learn a fingerpicking tune

       #8 Chord Basics


In this session (#7) we’ll be looking at the life blood of songs and the guitar i.e. chords or harmony.

Why is it important to know a bit about chords other than placing them on the neck and playing them?

Learning and understanding the hows and whys of things can greatly enhance your skills and understanding of the instrument in several ways. As part of looking under the hood at chords you’ll be delving into music theory but this is definitely not rocket science! We’ll keep it practical with the guitar always to hand.

While it’s possible to play guitar without knowing music ‘theory’, learning it can significantly help you understand what you’re playing rather than just playing chord progressions from a chart or TAB. Knowledge really is power.

The overall objective(s) of the sessions is to spell out practical exercises for you to build into your daily practice.



  • Lesson PDF.
  • A Zoom recording of the complete live session.

And maybe even some bonus materials for live attendees only.

Previous session materials are available to purchase on request (send an email).


Who’s this session suitable for?

These sessions will be layered so that they’re of interest to, as well as push/stretch, beginner and  struggling intermediate players.


Home practice

These sessions are short so don’t expect to master everything during the session. Pick up what you can during the session and we can look at going over things later.


Booking a place

When you book you’ll have two options:

1. You want to join this live Zoom session.

You’ll receive the joining instructions on the day. Being live, you’ll be able to put your own questions directly to the tutor during the session. Choose option 1, This live lesson and materials.

2. Maybe you’d like to attend but can’t make it on this occasion?

You can buy the materials and receive them after the session (i.e. lesson PDF(s) and access to a Zoom recording of the live session). Choose option 2, Materials only.

3. Buy all four sessions up-front for a 20% discount  (RECOMMENDED)

As with option 1, you’ll receive the joining instructions on the day.

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