A great way to explore your chords is to take their shape and move them around.  What do I mean by this?  Say you finger a D chord.  You’ve got covered the 2nd fret of the G string, the 3rd fret of the B string, and the 2nd fret of the high E string:

Now try moving them each up a half step.  So now you have the 3rd fret on the G string covered, the 4th fret of the B string, and the 3rd fret of the high E.

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Interesting sound, eh?  Keep your fingers in that shape and move it around the fret board to see what different sounds you get.  For example, move it up another whole step.

 

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Explore!  Try strumming the chords as well as arpeggiating them in different patterns.  Get creative.  This can really help with your writing ability and creativity.

 

Now do the same thing with a C chord.  Move it up from the 3rd fret (A string), 2nd (D string) and 1st (B string) up a whole step.  Now you are at the 5th, 4th, and 3rd frets respectively.

 

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Move it another whole step higher and see how it sounds.

 

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What we are doing here is holding the same finger structure (or shape of any given chord) and moving it up and down the fretboard to see what different sounds we get.

Let’s explore E major now.  Move it around.

 

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Try this with all of your chords and see what kind of sounds you get.  Explore!!  This will help you be a more diverse and dynamic writer.  Have fun!!!