Watch the Chords online guitar lesson by Richard Gilewitz from Guitar Foundations

Although some of these chords may seem a bit more complex than the simple Majors and minors, the 7th and 9th chords are crucial for an extended flavor in many pieces allowing them to become far more interesting to both the listener and player as well. In regards to bar chords, try not to press down harder than you need to and be sure to avoid playing a guitar with too high of an action (distance from the fingerboard to the strings). An adjustment can be easily made by your local luthier to accommodate this issue.