Chord Shapes 

The Basic Chord Shapes

Shown below are all the basic major and minor open chords you should know. Get to know the shapes as well as the names. Learning your chords first is a great way to learn songs faster, because instead of having to learn new shapes every time you want to learn a song, you can just apply what you already know to getting the song down. Try using some of these chords that you use less to write a chord progression or song idea. 

Barre Chords

7th Chords

Fingerstyle Freedom

A great initial aim to set for yourself to expand your songwriting using fingerstyle guitar is to have complete freedom with your picking hand. Here are 8, easy to advanced, picking patterns to help build freedom in the picking hand, and also act as great jumping off points to creatively come up with your own patterns.

Fingerstyle Patterns (C)