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How To Play Fast, Fluid, SEAMLESS Chord Changes & Clean, Crisp And MUSICAL Chords
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Dear Friend,

If you'd like to play guitar with fluid and musical chord changes this might be the most important page you're going to read in a long time.

My name is Mike Kennedy (I'm the founder of the National Guitar Academy) and if there’s ONE thing I’ve learned in over 20,000 hours of teaching people to play guitar it’s this...

...It is impossible to become an accomplished guitarist without good chord knowledge and strong chord technique. 

Every week I explain to our new students that there are four quarters of the guitar world and the first and most important is CHORDS: 
Chords are the foundation of your guitar success. 

Because without good chord knowledge and chord technique, it simply isn't possible to become a competent guitarist.
Having good chord knowledge and technique matters at all ability-levels
For beginners it allows you to make music quickly and it reduces frustration.

For intermediate players it makes you more articulate and expressive. It deepens your understanding of the instrument.

For advanced players it helps you understand the fretboard. (To see "into" the DNA of music.)

The bottom line is, if you have strong chord knowledge and chord technique you’ll be a fantastic guitarist who sounds very musical.


But there's a problem...
90% of all our new students come to us with poor chord technique

In fact, it’s mostly terrible

It’s not their fault of course… They learned as best they could. (Mostly from trying to teach themselves and/or by watching YouTube videos.) 

They don’t see anything wrong with ‘having a go’ by themselves. What’s the worst that could happen, right? 

And THIS is why so many people struggle to learn guitar.

Every time you play the guitar you are building muscle memory, literally TEACHING your brain and fingers patterns of movement and engraining them more and more deeply.


If you play chords badly for long enough you ENGRAIN the poor technique!  
So having good chord knowledge and solid chord technique isn’t just important, it's also deceptively urgent.

Put simply: If you have sub-standard chord technique you need to fix it quickly because the longer you play with poor technique you ENGRAIN those bad habits into your playing.

This means you can become a flat-out 'bad guitarist' and it becomes much harder to correct those mistakes in your playing in the future.
The circle of frustration

This process can be a vicious circle for some people and it can be incredibly disheartening to have a dream of playing the guitar and watch it slide out of view because you feel you’re just ‘not talented enough.’ 

When people feel this way, they become resigned to it and often feel that guitar 'just isn't for them' and they let the dream die.

When I see this happen, it breaks my heart, because my mission is to spread the gift of music far and wide (because I believe that music is a wholly positive force in the world). 

Music brings people together. It’s a unifying force. It’s magic. It can create joy, energy and help with focus or inspiration. And it can help with relaxation or bring comfort. 

Nothing on Earth affects human beings quite like music. 

But perhaps best of all, it’s an incredible way to express yourself. 
So what's the solution?
Well, with the right guidance, you can 'unlearn' bad habits quickly and you can have flawless chord technique, even if you've been struggling for YEARS. 

(I've seen it happen with hundreds of students.)

And most importantly of all, know this...

You don’t need to have a special talent to have great chord knowledge and strong chord technique. 

You just need to know the techniques and tricks that good guitarists use and then use them yourself. 

It really is that simple.

And the best news of all? 

With the right guidance, you can learn all these fun techniques surprisingly fast. 

THOUSANDS of people have transformed the way they play guitar using these strategies and they will work for you too.


Almost my entire adult life has been committed to music in some way, so you can see this is something I care passionately about.  

And that’s why I created an 11-step program for guitarists like YOU who want fast, fluid, seamless chord changes and clean, crisp and musical chords...

...something UNIQUE.
Introducing ChordMaster
ChordMaster is an online guitar course, with over 9 hours of high-quality HD video lessons and world-class guitar tuition that will transform your chord knowledge and chord ability.
ChordMaster is a complete map from 'total guitar beginner' to 'professional-level skill'; this course is encyclopedic and took almost a year to craft. 

ChordMaster works beautifully with any connected device. Your smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop... It all works.
Inside ChordMaster you’ll learn how to change chords quickly, smoothly and accurately through a proven system designed by me and my team at the National Guitar Academy.    

ChordMaster is the flagship guitar chords course from the world’s best guitar teachers.
ChordMaster: The World's Best Guitar Chords Course
ChordMaster is an 11-step program for fast, fluid, seamless chord changes & clean, crisp and musical chords.
 
Over 100 high-quality HD video lessons, downloads and resources that will transform your chord ability & knowledge. 

Novice guitarists will learn how to...
  • Change chords quickly & smoothly... With FLUIDITY
  • Make your chords sound crisp and accurate
  • Improve your finger accuracy and stop touching unwanted strings
  • Add ‘embellishments’ to your chords to play with more flair
  • Eliminate 'string buzz'
  • Stop deadening unwanted strings
  • Learn notes and tricks you can add “in-between” chords to sound more musical
Suitable for guitarists of all ability levels & ages.
ChordMaster is a complete map, from beginner to professional-level guitarist.
Downloadable resources and practice material
Dozens of high quality PDFs and links that expand on lesson content. 
Chords, chords and more chords. 100% focus.
ChordMaster is 100% focused on CHORDS and chords alone. It's laser-targeted.
Intermediate guitarists will learn how to...
  • Play barre chords in a sharp & clean way without deadening unwanted strings.  
  • Understand and USE the powerful CAGED system framework to explore the entire fretboard
  • Master moveable chord shapes like major 7, minor 7 and dominant 7’s
  • Unlock the ‘DNA’ of the guitar neck with powerful key-based techniques
  • Understand chord theory and chord construction for EVERY chord type.
  • Master moveable advanced chord shapes like diminished, augmented, m7b5, major 9, dominant 9, minor 9, dominant 11’s and 13’s and inversions.
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Module 1 (of 11)
How To Start Your Chord Journey In The Perfect Way
This module covers the fundamentals. Correct guitar posture, how to develop perfect chord technique, how to read chords and how to practice chords intelligently.
  • An Overview And Introduction To Guitar Chords - Chords are the foundation of your guitar success. In this video Mike and Jack talk about the importance of chords and why it's an essential part of every guitarist's journey.  
  • How To Read Guitar Chordboxes Correctly - It's vital that you know how to read chordboxes. In this video Mike shows you how to read chordboxes quickly and easily.  
  • The All Conquering Importance of Guitar Posture - Even though guitar posture isn't the 'sexiest' thing about learning guitar, it's THE NO#1 SECRET if you want to develop perfect guitar technique. In this video lesson Mike shows you perfect guitar posture and why it's the secret to perfecting guitar chords. (It's not what you think!)
  • How To Make Your Guitar Chords Sound Amazing - In this video lesson Mike will shows you how to play guitar chords correctly. These brilliant technique tips will make your chords sing.
  • How To Learn Chords In The Smartest Way - In this video lesson Mike shows you the best path to take when learning guitar chords. This is guaranteed to accelerate your chord progress.  
  • How To Practice Guitar Chords In The Smartest Way - In this video lesson Mike and Jack share some essential tips on how to maximise your valuable practice time. If you've ever found the time management of your guitar practice difficult, this lesson is a must-see.  
Module 2 (of 11)
The Easiest Chords of All: 3-String Guitar Chords
'3-string chords' are perfect for new guitarists, kids, or adults who have restricted hand movement. These are the easiest chords of all.
  • An Introduction and Overview Of 3 String Chords - In this lesson Mike introduces the concept of the 3-string chords (some of the easiest chord shapes of all) and explains who should use 3-string chords & why. 
  • 3 String Guitar Chords: E minor, G major, C major and D major - In this lesson Mike will show you the easiest 3 string guitar chords; G major, C major, E minor and D major. If you're new to guitar and want to develop your technique and dexterity, these chord shapes are very useful to know.   
  • 3 String Guitar Chords: A Major, E Major and D Major - In this lesson Mike will show you how to play the following chords: A major, E major and D major. These are some of the most common major chords of all and are essential to know for any guitarist.  
  • 3 String Guitar Chords: Am, B, Bm, Cm, Dm, F, Fm, F#, F#m, Gm - In this lesson Mike will show you a ton of useful 3-string chords. You will learn how to play the following chords; A minor, B major, B minor, C minor, D minor, F major, F minor, F# major, F# minor, G minor.  

Module 3 (of 11)
Stepping Stone Chords (AKA "How to sound musical at lightning speed")
Stepping-stone chords are the easiest open chord shapes of all and they are the secret to learning guitar quickly. 
  • An Introduction To "Stepping-Stone Chords" (A Beginner's Best Friend) - In this lesson Mike introduces one his most famous teaching principles: Stepping Stone chords. If you want to learn guitar FASTER and have more FUN and less frustration, this lesson is a must-watch. 
  • How To Play Every Minor Stepping Stone Chord - In this lesson Mike shares the stepping-stone chord shapes for every minor chord. This is incredibly useful stuff. Let's dive in!  
  • How To Play Every Major Stepping Stone Chord - In this lesson Mike shares the stepping-stone chord shapes for every major chord. This is super-valuable knowledge, so enjoy!

Module 4 (of 11)
Tips for crisp chord changes and boosting your musicality.
Learning how to change chords can be tough for beginners. In this section Mike shares his best tips for changing guitar chords quickly and seamlessly. 

  • What Is This Section And How To Use It - In this section Mike talks about the layout this important section and how you can use it to perfect your chord changes.  
  • How To Perfect Your Chord Changes In 3 Easy Steps - In this video Mike shows you 3 of his best tips for changing chords quickly, so you can play with clarity and confidence. This is solid gold!  
  • How To Use A Capo To Make Chord Changes Easier - In this video lesson Mike shows you some essential capo tricks which make life much easier and allow you to change chords quicker.  
  • Assembling Chords In Stages: The Secret To Quick & Easy Chord Changes - In this video lesson Mike shows you how to assemble chords in stages. This cool trick will add fluidity and speed to your chord changes. If you want to move through chord changes quicker than Usain Bolt then this video is for you!  
  • A Powerful Concept. Thinking One Chord Ahead - In this video lesson Mike shows you a simple and logical way to change from one chord to the next. This super-cool technique will smooth out those tough chord changes and instantly make you sound better.  
  • Learning Chord Identities; NOT Chord Shapes - In this video lesson Mike shares an awesome trick that will improve your chord changes and make everything chord-related easier. 
  • Using Your Thumb For Ninja Barre Chords - Lots of guitarists find barre chords tough. In this video lesson Mike explains a simple and useful trick and highlights why the thumb is your secret barre chord weapon.  
  • Boosting Your Musicality With 'String Grouping' - In this lesson Mike shows you how to group your strings into low, middle and high ranges. This essential trick will enhance your musicality and bring your chords to life. 
  • Downstrokes v Upstrokes: 3 Crucial Differences - In this video lesson Mike shows you how you can use downstrokes and upstrokes to your advantage when voicing chords. This cool chord trick will turbo-charge your phrasing and make you sound more a lot more musical. 
  • How To Use Palm Muting To Enhance Your Musicality - In this video lesson Mike shows you how to use 'deadening' and 'muting' in your strumming patterns. This essential rhythmic technique will make your chords 'pop' out in the mix and sound more musical and interesting.

Module 5 (of 11)
How to quickly master open chords (and open chord changes)
We're going deep! In this section we focus on OPEN CHORDS and Mike shows you specific finger movements that make changing between open chords a lot easier. 

  • Introduction And Overview To Open Chords - In this video Mike explains the layout of this section and how you can use it to boost your chord vocabulary and chord technique. Open chords are an unskippable and fundamental part of learning guitar. This is where beginners spend most of their time.  
  • The Best Ways To Change Between G, C, D, Em, Am and Bm - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from G to C, D, Em, Am and Bm. These chords pop up frequently in the guitar world, so they are essential to know.   
  • The Best Ways To Change Between C, F, G, Am, Em and Dm - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from C, F, G, Am, Em and Dm. This is a key which crops up ALL the time in music, so strap in and take this on board!
  • The Best Ways To Change Between D, Em, F#m, G, A and Bm - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from D, Em, F#m, G, A and Bm. The key of 'D' is one of the most popular guitar keys out there, so it's worth spending some time practicing these essential chord changes.  
  • The Best Ways To Change Between A, E, D, F#m, Bm and C#m - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from A, E, D, F#m, Bm, C#m. Although some of these chords may seem difficult, Mike offers some easier alternatives which will blow your mind.  
  • The Best Way To Change Between E, A, B, C#m, F#m and G#m - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from E, A, B, C#m, F#m, G#m. This key is often used in a bluesier context. So, if you love the dulcet tones of Clapton and B.B king this key is a great place to start.  
  • The Best Way To Change Between F, Bb, C, Dm, Gm and Am - The key of 'F' is unpopular for beginners. It's difficult and not much fun to play. However, fear not! In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from F, Bb, C, Dm, Gm, Am. You'll never have to fear the F chord again! 
  • The Best Way To Change Between B, E, A, G#m and C#m - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from B, E, A, G#m and C#m. This key isn't as popular as C, A, G, E, or D, however it's essential to know if you want to broaden your musical knowledge.  
  • The Best Way To Change Between Em, C, D, G, Am and Bm - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from Em, C, D, G, Am, Bm. This key pops up frequently for beginners and is super-useful to know.  
  • The Best Way To Change Between Am, F, G, C, Em and Dm - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from Am, F, G, C, Em, Dm. The key of 'Am' often crops up early in a beginners journey, so it's vital that you spend some time here.  
  • The Best Way To Change Between Bm, Em, F#m, G, A and D - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from Bm, Em, F#m, G, A, D. The 'Bm' chord is notoriously tricky for most beginners but Mike offers some EASY chord alternatives which sound amazing.  
  • The Best Way To Change Between F#m, E, D, A, Bm and C#m - The 'F#m' chord can be tough for most beginners, however there are plenty of ways around this tricky guitar chord. In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from F#m, E, D, A, Bm, C#m.      
  • The Best Way To Change Between Dm, Bb, C, F, Gm and Am - In this lesson Mike shows the easiest ways to change from Dm, Bb, C, F, Gm, Am. If you want to expand your chord knowledge and learn the chords from one of the 'saddest' keys of all, then this lesson is for you. 

Module 6 (of 11)
Moving from beginner to intermediate guitarist: Powerchords (AKA 'fifths')
Powerchords bridge the gap between 'beginner chords' and 'intermediate chords'. These chords are perfect for guitarists who want to move into the world of barre chords.
  • What are power chords? - In this video lesson Mike explains the concept of power chords, what genres they can be heard in and how they can help expand your chord knowledge in a transformative way. The entire guitar world and fretboard looks different once you've mastered power chords.   
  • Powerchord Tips And Tricks: Exploring The Fretboard - In this video lesson Mike shares with you two essential power chord tricks that will unlock new areas of the fretboard and boost your musicality. 
  • Understanding The Musical Alphabet: Tips And Tricks To Unlock The Fretboard - In this video Mike explains the concept behind the musical alphabet and how you can use it to learn new and exciting chords.  
  • Powerchords In Action: How To Sound Like A Rockstar - One of the best ways to enhance your chord skills is to learn music you enjoy. In this video lesson Mike will show you an epic power chord riff which will enhance your musicianship and make you sound like a rockstar.

Module 7 (of 11)
Moveable Shapes And The CAGED System
Ok folks, it's time to get stuck into the 'real' guitar world, this is where the 'fun factor' goes through the roof. Barre chords! These chords will turn you into an awesome intermediate guitarist and the guitar world will never be the same for you after this point. 

  • An Introduction To Barre Chords - Learning barre chords is a bridge every guitarist must cross. It's tough, but the reward is immense. In this video lesson Mike explains the concepts behind barre chords and why every guitarist MUST learn how to play them.  
  • The CAGED System: What Is It? - In this lesson Mike explains the concept behind the CAGED system and why it's an essential tool to have as an intermediate guitarist. This concept will boost your chord knowledge and instantly make you a better guitarist.  
  • E Shaped Barre Chords: The First Barre Chord Shape You Must Learn - In this video lesson Mike shows you the easiest ways to play the E shaped barre chord. This is the easiest barre chord out there and is the first one you should tackle when embarking on your barre chord journey. 
  • The Best Ways To Play The E Major And E Minor Shape Barre Chords - Just like any chord, there's a major and minor version of every E shape barre chord. In this video lesson Mike will show you how to play one of the most important barre chord shapes out there, E major and E minor shaped barre chord.  
  • The Best Ways To Play A Shaped Barre Chords - In this video lesson Mike shows you the essential barring shapes for the 'A shaped barre chord'. This chord can be tricky, however learning it will broaden your chord knowledge and make you a better guitarist.  
  • Barre Chord Checkpoint!  - It's no secret that barre chords are difficult. However, don't worry, in this video Mike offers some helpful tips & advice which will ease you through this difficult part of the guitar journey.  
  • Barre Chord Secrets 1: Technique Tips - How To Practice Barre Chords: It's pro time! In this video lesson Mike shows you how to use barre chords in ANY musical situation.  
  • Barre Chord Secrets 2: Technique Tips - Barre Chord Posture Tips: In this video lesson Mike shows you more barre chord tips and 'guitar posture' secrets. 
  • Barre Chord Secrets 3: Technique Tips - How To Move Around The Neck Easily: In this video Mike shows you a practical barre chord tip which will help you move around the fretboard with ease.  
  • Barre Chord Secrets 4: Technique Tips - How To Make Barre Chords Sound Epic: In this video Mike shows you some cool finger techniques and tips which will make your barre chords sound crisp and clean.

Module 8 (of 11)
The special power of semi-barred chords 
In this section Mike shows you some awesome semi-barred chords. These chords have a very pleasing texture and can be used across all genres.

  • An Introduction To Semi Barred Chords - In this video Mike shows you the concept behind semi-barred chords. These chords are perfect for singer-songwriters, acoustic maestros and intermediate guitarists who want to explore a new and different sound.  
  • How To Play E Shaped Semi-Barre Chords - In this video lesson Mike shows you how to play the 'E shaped semi barre chord'. This chord shape sounds fantastic and is a fun addition to any guitarist's toolbox.  
  • How To Play A Shaped Semi Barred Chords - In this video lesson Mike shows you how to play A shaped semi-barre chords. These chords are very well balanced and complete the semi-barre toolkit. 

Module 9 (of 11)
Major 7th, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th Chords
We're moving into more advanced territory now and, for many, this is when guitar playing starts to sound much more individualistic and defined. '7th chords' are a must-know for any guitarist. These chords will enhance your chord knowledge and make you sound like a guitar pro. 

  • An Overview Of Major 7th, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack walk you through the basics of 7th chords and why they're an essential part of expanding your chord vocabulary. These guitar chords will enhance your playing and make you sound much more cultured.  
  • An Introduction To Major 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack talk about why you should learn major 7th chords, where you can hear them and how they can be used to enhance your musicality. Major 7th chords are essential to know if you want your guitar playing to sound 'smooth like butter' and are super-cool for country, folk, and jazz/funk.
  • Open Major 7th Chords - The Easiest Major 7th Chords - Major 7th chords don't have to be hard. These guitar chords can be played by ANY guitarist. In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you all of the major 7th chords in the open position and share some bonus tips for exploring this fun chord shape.
  • The Best Ways To Play E Shaped Major 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you to play two fundamental E shaped major 7 chords. These awesome chord shapes will unlock your fretboard knowledge and boost your musical range.  
  • The Best Ways To Play A Shaped Major 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you the A shaped major 7th chord. This chord sounds incredible when used in the right context. 
  • The Best Ways To Play D Shaped Major 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you the best ways to play the D shaped major 7th chords. This chord works perfectly if you want to sit in a band mix or add a secondary guitar part. 
  • How To Play G Shaped Major 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack walk you through the G shaped major 7th shape. Even though this shape is less common than the E and A shapes, it's a must-know if you want to stand out from the crowd. 
  • The Best Ways To Play C Shaped Major 7th Chords - In this video Mike and Jack show you how to play the C shaped major 7th chord. This chord has a rich texture and sounds great in all kinds of music. 
  • The Theory of Major 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you the harmonic secrets of a major 7th chord and how you can use this to bring your major chords to life.  
  • An Introduction To Minor 7th Chords - In this video Mike and Jack discuss minor 7th chords, what genres they're used in and why they're essential part of every guitarists journey. 
  • The Best Ways To Play Open Minor 7 Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack walk you through every possible open minor 7 chord. If you're a beginner guitarist, you're going to love this eye-opening lesson!  
  • The Best Ways To Play Em7 Shaped Minor 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you how to play 'Em7 shaped minor 7th chords'. These awesome chord shapes will turbo-charge your chordal knowledge and instantly make you sound like an advanced guitarist.  
  • The Best Ways To Play Am7 Shaped Minor 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you how to play 'Am7 shaped minor 7th chords'. These chords are used frequently in funk and jazz and are essential to know for any aspiring guitarist. 
  • The Best Ways To Play Dm7 Shaped Minor 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you how to play 'Dm7 shaped minor 7th chords'. These chords are perfect for adding overdubs and for sitting well in a live or studio mix.  
  • The Best Ways To Play Gm7 Shaped Minor 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you how to play 'Gm7 shaped minor 7th chords'. These chords have a warm mid range and sound fantastic in any genre.  
  • The Best Ways To Play Cm7 Shaped Minor 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you how to play 'Cm7 shaped minor 7th chords'. If you want to enhance your finger dexterity and technique, then this chord is perfect for you.  
  • The Theory of Minor 7 Chords - In this video Mike and Jack break down the theory of minor 7th chords. Even though most guitarists don't like 'theory', it's theory that turns you into a superior guitarist. If you want to accelerate your guitar progress, then you must watch this cool lesson.  
  • The Best Ways To Use Major And Minor 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you some super-easy chord hacks that you can use to enhance your musicality. These tricks have been tried and tested and will make your playing sound much more varied and interesting.  
  • An Introduction To Dominant 7th Chords - Dominant 7th chords are mainly heard in genres such as blues, jazz and funk. In this video lesson Mike and Jack discuss dominant 7th chords and why they're an integral part of intermediate-level guitar.  
  • The Best Ways To Play Open Dominant 7th Chords - In this video Mike and Jack talk about the main open dominant 7th chords. These chords are guaranteed to turn you into a blues monster!   
  • The Best Ways To Play E7 Shaped Dominant 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you a E7 shaped dominant 7th chord and how to move it around the fretboard with ease. This chord shape is extremely versatile and can be used in a wide variety of musical situations.  
  • The Best Ways To Play A7 Shaped Dominant 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you a cool moveable A7 shaped dominant 7th chord. This chord has a warm deep tone and sounds fantastic in any genre. 
  • The Best Ways To Play D7 Shaped Dominant 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack talk about D7 shaped dominant 7th chords and how they can be moved around the fretboard. This chord has a bright top end and is great for cutting through a band mix.  
  • The Best Ways To Play G7 Shaped Dominant 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you this weird and wonderful moveable G7 shaped dominant 7th chord. This chord is funky, tight and sounds perfect as a secondary guitar part. 
  • The Best Ways To Play C7 Shaped Dominant 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack show you a moveable C7 shaped dominant 7th chord. This chord has a warm midrange and can be used in a variety of different musical situations.  
  • The Theory of Dominant 7th Chords - In this video lesson Mike and Jack slay the theory demon and discuss dominant 7 chord construction. It's simpler than you think! 

Module 10 (of 11)
Chord Theory For Guitarists: Slaying The Theory Demon
Every guitarist who wants to become 'advanced' must learn chord theory. In these video lessons you will learn the secrets behind chord theory and how you can use it boost your guitar skill in a very PRACTICAL way.  

  • The Construction Of Major Chords - Strap in for some ninja theory! In this useful lesson Mike explains what notes are inside all major chords and how you can quickly work it out with 2 simple fretboard patterns. 
  • Minor Chord Construction And Intervals - Hold on tight! In this lesson Mike explains the layout of the minor scale and how chords are built off of this scale. This is solid gold knowledge. Don't skip this one!
  • The Intervals of The Major Scale - In this essential theory lesson Mike explains the intervals of the major scale and shares some cool tips which you can use to quickly understand theory and apply it on-the-fly.

Module 11 (of 11)
Advanced Guitar Chords - Taking Things To The Next Level
In this section you will learn a wide spectrum of advanced chords.

These chords crop up in genres such as jazz, blues, funk, pop and classical music. These chords will drastically broaden your musicality and create a transformation in your musical range. 

  • Augmented Chords - Major Chords With A Weird Twist - In this lesson Mike & Jack have a chat about augmented chord shapes. They share a moveable augmented chord shape and discuss the theory that underpins this cool and unusual type of chord. 
  • Diminished Chords - Minor Chords With A Twist - In this cool theory lesson Mike and Jack discuss diminished chords, show you a useful moveable diminished shape, discuss what they're made from and discuss how they can be used in a practical setting.  
  • Minor 7 Flat 5 Chords - Jazz And Funk Chords With Attitude - We're going deep into jazz and funk! Jack and Mike discuss m7b5 chords, learn what these chords are, how to use them and the theory behind them. This is a fun lesson!
  • Major 9 Chords - High Class Major Chords - In this lesson Mike and Jack discuss major 9 chords; What they are, how to play them and how they can be used to boost your musicality in a jamming environment.  
  • Minor 9 Chords - Minor Chords With Style - In this lesson Mike and Jack show you some cool minor 9 shapes. These chords are perfect for spicing up regular minor chords and turning you into a jazz pro! If you want to sound like a guitar savant, these chords are for you. 
  • Dominant 9, 11 and 13 Chords - 7th Chords On Steroids - It's time to get dominant with blues and funk chords on monster steroids!  
  • Inversions (swapping the 1,3,5 into 3,5,1 and then 5,1,3) - In this lesson Mike & Jack discuss one of the most powerful chordal concepts of all: Inversions. If you want to bring new and exciting sounds to your guitar playing, this lesson is for you. 
ChordMaster is a complete map from 'guitar beginner' to professional-level chord ability & knowledge.
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We're so absolutely sure that you'll love this course that we're happy to offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

We believe that you learn the most about a business when you ask for a refund. Do they REALLY care about you or are you just an order number? We treat people like human beings.

If you for ANY reason you are not satisfied with the course just drop us a line and we will refund all your money the same day.

Here are the FREE bonus gifts you get when you join ChordMaster today...
FREE Bonus Gift #1
A digital copy of my book “Guitar Chords For Beginners” which will show you the easiest way to play EVERY chord. 
(Did you know there’s an easy version of every chord? There is… And they’re all arranged and explained very clearly for you in this book.) 
Value: $29.99
You pay: $0.00 FREE 
FREE Bonus Gift #2
A digital copy of the ‘VIP Edition’ of our National Guitar Academy Report: “The 12 Easy Chords All Beginner Guitarists Must Know.”
This is really cool and PACKED with useful tips and chord secrets.

This pack also includes a full downloadable chord learning program which includes practice drills. (This is perfect for people who want a clear step-by-step program they can follow.)
Value: $24.99
You pay: $0.00
FREE Bonus Module #3
Blues Guitar Chords – Bonus Pack
Learn how to sound drenched in blues with this Blues Chords Bonus Pack. 
(Includes audio masterclass, downloadable materials, multiple lesson PDFs and practice exerises.)
Value: $29.99
You pay: $0.00 FREE
FREE Bonus Module #4
Rock Guitar Chords – Bonus Pack
It's time to shake the building with some crunching and unstoppable rock. This Rock Chords Bonus Pack. will power-up your inner Rock God.

(Includes audio masterclass, downloadable materials, multiple lesson PDFs and practice exerises.)
Value: $24.99
You pay: $0.00 FREE
FREE Bonus Module #5
Country Guitar Chords – Bonus Pack
This Country Chords Bonus Pack covers classic country picking techniques and chord runs. All the quintessential country techniques are covered here.

(Includes audio masterclass, downloadable materials, multiple lesson PDFs and practice exerises.)
Value: $19.99
You pay: $0.00 FREE
FREE Bonus Module #6
Jazz Guitar Chords – Bonus Pack
It's time to chill with some melodic jazz. In this Jazz Chords Bonus Pack you will learn classic jazz chord shapes and song progressions

(Includes audio masterclass, downloadable materials, multiple lesson PDFs and practice exerises.)
Value: $19.99
You pay: $0.00 FREE
FREE Bonus Gift #7
Lifetime access to the secret National Guitar Academy VIP Facebook Group
As a student in the National Guitar Academy you will gain access to our 'VIP Facebook Group', where you can chat and collaborate with other guitar learners and also get additional guidance and support from our team.
Value: $240.00 per year ($20 per month)
You pay: $0.00 FREE
FREE Bonus #8
Lifetime updates to ChordMaster
As time goes by technology changes and evolves, and the guitar world does too. But you won't have to worry as we've got your back! 

You will receive FREE ChordMaster course updates and lifetime access to ensure you stay fully up-to-date.
Value: $197.00 per year (1-year license to access our software)
You pay: $0.00 FREE
TOTAL BONUS VALUE: $587
You pay: $0.00
You get it all FREE when you join ChordMaster
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100% Money Back Guarantee
We're so absolutely sure that you'll love this course that we're happy to offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

We believe that you learn the most about a business when you ask for a refund. Do they REALLY care about you or are you just an order number? We treat people like human beings.

If you for ANY reason you are not satisfied with the course just drop us a line and we will refund all your money the same day.
Say goodbye to guitar frustration. 

Relax and know that you're in safe and caring hands, with fellow musicians who love what they do and specialise in making the guitar world simple & fun for guitar-learners.
Simplicity
Our mantra is simplicity. We strive every day to reduce the complexity of the guitar world. 

This is what drives us. Several times a day we ask ourselves ‘how can we explain this in the simplest possible way?’ 

This focus on increasing simplicity results in simple professional lessons that are easy to digest. 

This means you learn quickly.
ChordMaster is a 100% online course.
Learn at your own pace. Review and re-review at your leisure.
Learn from anywhere. Anytime.
Access ChordMaster from anywhere in the world.
ChordMaster works on any device.
PC, Mac, desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, Smart TV. It all works. 
No-waffle guarantee. We value your time.
There is no 'filler' in ChordMaster. There is 0% waffle and 100% quality original content.
Simple to use.
Easy to navigate. No frustration.
Navigation around the course is simple and easy to understand. 
Clear and satisfying progress as you move forwards.
It's fast and easy to mark lessons complete and track your progress.
Our Mission
We'll help you become the guitarist of your dreams
Music is a magical gift for people of all ages. So whether you're a young aspiring rock star or a retiree who wants to develop your creativity, it's our pleasure to help you along your musical journey.
Mike Kennedy has spent tens of thousands of hours teaching people how to play the guitar. (He has been playing and teaching guitar for 25 years.) He was the lead singer, guitarist & songwriter in a rock band called 'The Mags'.

He is the owner of the Chester Guitar Academy, the founder of the National Guitar Academy (the biggest guitar school in the world) and the author of 'Guitar Chords For Beginners'.
Jack Taylor has been playing, studying and teaching the guitar for over 15 years. He lives and breathes guitar and has delivered guitar workshops worldwide, from Brazil to Nepal and somehow also found the time to obtain a BA Hons and Master Degree in popular music. 
Stop struggling with chords. All the answers you need are inside ChordMaster.
Crisp, clear, beautiful HD videos on every device.
Made with love. 
By people who care.
This course was created by people who live and breathe guitar and believe in the magical and unifying power of music.
Your success MATTERS to us.
This course is structured from YOUR perspective because your success is what matters most. We only succeed if you do.
YOU come first. 
(Not us!)
Unlike some guitar teachers, we don’t want to bamboozle you or impress you with our skills. For us, YOU come first.
Full-neck view
Clearly see left & right hands at all times.
Use with any smartphone or tablet
For learn-anywhere convenience
Simple one-time payment
  • ​No monthly subscription
  • ​Lifetime course updates
  • ​Lifetime course access
Register For ChordMaster Now
Buy ChordMaster Now For $497
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100% Money Back Guarantee
We're so absolutely sure that you'll love this course that we're happy to offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

We believe that you learn the most about a business when you ask for a refund. Do they REALLY care about you or are you just an order number? We treat people like human beings.

If you for ANY reason you are not satisfied with the course just drop us a line and we will refund all your money the same day.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the format of the course?
There are 11 modules in the course. Each module contains between three and twenty six video lectures that you can watch at any time that’s convenient for you. Most lectures are between 5 and 10 minutes long, and they’re all available online.

Jack and I have always got the guitar in our hands and I’m constantly demonstrating with examples. This is a very visual course, it’s very easy to follow. (You will have NO guesswork!) Dozens of the lessons have downloadable PDF's with chordboxes that supplement the main video lesson.

As a ChordMaster student we see you as a 'VIP', so if you ever get stuck, or have a question, you can email us and we'll respond quickly to any questions you may have.

Do I have to show up at a particular place or a particular time?
No, the entire course happens online, and you can take it from any place where you have an internet connection. All lectures are prerecorded so you can watch them at any time that works for you. 

Of course, you can also enjoy all the lectures on your smartphone or tablet.

Does the course need to be downloaded? Does it take up memory on my computer/phone/tablet?
No. The course is hosted entirely on Vimeo's industry-leading servers. You don’t need to download anything and it won’t take up any memory on your device.
Is the course transferable from one device to another?
Yes. You simply access the course on our website from whatever device you want to use

Is there a time limit on accessing the course?
No. You have lifetime access and are free to progress through the course at your own pace.

How much time do I need in order to take this course?
You can spend as much or as little time as you want, and you get lifetime access to all course materials, so there is no reason to complete the course within a certain time period.

You can follow the course at your own pace and always come back to the videos later when you want to revisit the material or work on improving certain aspects of your guitar playing.

Even if the timing is not right for you, I still encourage you to sign up because the registration won’t open again anytime soon (and when it does, the price will almost certainly be higher).
What happens after the course ends?
You keep lifetime access to all course content, as well as free lifetime updates.That means you can always review the material in the future, and you’ll have plenty of time to catch up in case you fall behind.

What if I’m not good with technology?
The majority of our students describe themselves as 'not good with technology', so don't worry! Even if you feel like you know nothing about technology, you won’t feel left out.

The course is very easy to navigate and all technical concepts are described in simple terms while avoiding unnecessary jargon, which allows people from all age groups to successfully participate in Chordmaster.

And just in case you get stuck, you can always ask any questions, which will be promptly answered either by me or one of my team members.

Technology should not stand in the way of your creativity!
What if I’m really terrible on guitar?
You don’t need any previous guitar experience to join Chordmaster. All the lectures start from the very beginning while gradually progressing into advanced topics.

The course is specially designed for beginner-to-advanced guitarists. There are no prerequisites and anyone can learn to play the guitar.

Even if you think you have no talent or artistic ability, you’ll be able to play the guitar by applying the specific techniques that you’re going to discover in Chordmaster.


What if I’m already an experienced guitarist?
If you’ve been actively studying guitar for several years, you’re probably going to be familiar with some of the ideas and techniques that are discussed in this course.

With that said, I’ve learned over the years that you can always pick up new things from other guitarists. Always. There’s always a lick, riff, springboard, idea or concept that you can take and implement into your own playing.

If you’re worried that you might already know everything we teach in this course, I encourage you to sign up, go through some of the modules, and ask for a refund if you’re not learning new things.

In my experience, no matter how much experience you already have, there are always more things to learn!


Does it make any difference if I have an acoustic or electric guitar?
It makes no difference at all. Guitar is guitar. We encourage all our students to take an interest in BOTH.

You are not a well rounded guitarist unless you play both. Why only experience half of the joy of guitar? Play acoustically and amplified!


What if I don’t have a guitar?
Beg, borrow, steal… Do whatcha have to do to get one! (You can’t learn guitar without playing guitar.)

Why is there a deadline for registration?
A couple of reasons. Firstly, we don't want to be overwhelmed. We want to deliver an outstanding experience to every student. Secondly, we've learned that students form a more active community when many people complete a course at the same time, which helps them further improve their progress.

I don’t know when the registration will open again, but it’s probably not going to happen anytime soon because we’ll be very busy delivering a world-class experience to our current students.

Even if the timing is not perfect, I recommend that you join the course now since you get lifetime access to all the lectures (and registration won’t open again anytime soon).


Why is the price in US dollars? How much does the course cost in British pounds?
The majority of our students are in the US so that’s why we price in dollars.

The USD dollar v GBP pound exchange rate changes frequently. To see how much ChordMaster costs in pounds based on today’s exchange rate Google it. (Or click here.)


How does the money back guarantee work?
It's simple. If you want to request a refund, send an email to support@nationalguitaracademy.com within 30 days of your purchase and you’ll get 100% of your money back, no questions asked.

We can only afford to offer this cast-iron guarantee because we know people will love this course!

Is it safe to pay by credit card online?
Your security and privacy are important to us. We use industry-standard encryption to protect your credit card details throughout the checkout process, your information is never shared with anyone and we don't see your credit card details. (The entire process is handled by Stripe who are a global leader in online payments.)

And of course, you’re also protected by our generous 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.

How can I contact you?
You can email us at support@nationalguitaracademy.com or via our contact page which is here.

Are you on Facebook?
You betcha! Our facebook page is here 

My question isn’t listed here!
No worries, contact us and we’ll do our best to help you.
Join ChordMaster Now
Buy ChordMaster Now For $497
(Or 4 payments of $125)
100% Money Back Guarantee
We're so absolutely sure that you'll love this course that we're happy to offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

We believe that you learn the most about a business when you ask for a refund. Do they REALLY care about you or are you just an order number? We treat people like human beings.

If you for ANY reason you are not satisfied with the course just drop us a line and we will refund all your money the same day.
"What will I learn inside ChordMaster?"
Novice guitarists will learn to:
  • Change chords quickly & smoothly... With FLUIDITY
  • Make your chords sound crisp and accurate
  • Improve your finger accuracy and stop touching unwanted strings
  • Add ‘embellishments’ to your chords to play with more flair
  • Eliminate 'string buzz'
  • Stop deadening unwanted strings
  • Learn notes and tricks you can add “in-between” chords to sound more musical
Intermediate guitarists will learn how to...
  • Play barre chords in a sharp & clean way without deadening unwanted strings.  
  • Understand and USE the powerful CAGED system framework to explore the entire fretboard
  • Master moveable chord shapes like major 7, minor 7 and dominant 7’s
  • Unlock the ‘DNA’ of the guitar neck with powerful key-based techniques
  • Master moveable advanced chord shapes like diminished, augmented, m7b5, major 9, dominant 9, minor 9, dominant 11’s and 13’s and inversions.
  • Understand chord theory and chord construction for EVERY chord type.
ChordMaster is AMAZING value
Having a skilled guitar teacher in the room with you is the fastest way to learn guitar. 

But here's the thing, skilled guitar teachers are very hard to find! (As the owner of two guitar schools, this is something I have a lot of experience with.) 

The real-life REALITY is that most people do NOT have a world-class guitar teacher on their doorstep. 

So they bounce from one unsatisfying guitar teacher to the next... Learning a little and spending a lot.

With this in mind, ChordMaster is incredible value. The equivalent amount of ‘offline’ guitar teaching would cost well over $1,000. (Assuming you could actually find a guitar teacher of comparable ability in the first place.)

ChordMaster is the outcome of over 20,000+ hours of guitar teaching. We've learned what works and we can share it all with you.
ChordMaster is unique
The things you’ll learn in ChordMaster aren’t available anywhere else. You can only get this 11-step program right here. 

We make lots of free content, but please understand that ChordMaster is our best material. 

So if you want fast, fluid, seamless chord changes and clean, crisp and musical chords then sign up now. 
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