How to Change Chord Sounds on a Guitar

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Changing chord sounds on a guitar is something you can do in a few different ways depending on your preferences. Learn how to change chord sounds on a guitar with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name's Jessica Delfino. I'm a musician in New York City. I also teach guitar and ukelele. You can find out more information about that at That's y o u r o c k n y Now today we're going to work on changing the sound of a chord or how to make a chord change sound. So basically there's a few different ways to do that I think. We're going to start with an A chord. So I play my A with my first, second and third fingers. Maybe you play it differently. This is how I play it. And so there's a normal A chord. It sounds pretty normal. But if you take those strings and you bend them up while you're strumming the chord, it gets a little bit of a different sound and kind of a twang. And then you can do, or you can also pull it down. And as you can hear it bends the sound of the chord a little bit. So you can also play this chord in a different way which might give it a slightly different sound. For example you could play it as a bar chord. And as you can hear it is made up of completely different sounds to make a different sounding A chord, although of course it still sounds like an A chord. It's a little bit different. I like that. It's fun, it's fun to bend. Don't mind me, just having fun over here. Another thing you can do, maybe instead of playing a classic A chord, you can play an A7, which may give it a little bit of a different sound also. And finally you could always take your chord and plug your guitar in to some kind of a synthesizer or what have you or you know, an effect box to give it I don't know, a grizzly sound or a soft sound or a echo or something like that which of course would also make it sound different. Have fun experimenting. Lots of luck to you and thanks for watching.


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