May 14, 2019 by Klaus Crow
Playing chords and strumming patterns makes up part of the guitar rhythm for a song. Adding colorful embellishments to your chords will make your rhythm playing more interesting to listen to. It can give the song just sparkle it needs.
Although it’s really cool to experiment with embellishments, try to use them when it’s appropriate. Use embellishments here and there to lift your music.
In the two videos below I explain how to use and apply embellishments using a basic strumming pattern, open chords C, D, E, F, G, A, Am, Em, Dm, adding sus2, sus4, add4, 6sus4, sus2sus4, dom7 and hammer-on tricks to chords and progressions.
Let’s spice up your rhythm playing.
Beautiful Chord Embellishments & Tricks Part I
Beautiful Chord Embellishments & Tricks Part II
very, very nice.. great job!
Klaus Crow says
Glad to hear the lesson is useful to you.
Thanks I appreciate it.
Martin goddard says
Very interesting lesson. I have already worked out some of these moves without knowing the names of the chords but this takes me on a lot further and I particularly like how you turn your guitar towards the camera so we can see both hands.
Thanks a lot
Klaus Crow says
I’ll keep that in mind for the upcoming guitar lessons.
Thanks for the feedback!
Just stumbled on your site and loved the first lesson on chord embellishments. Thanks keep up the good work.
Musicians that share their knowledge just for the love of music…wonderful!
Carolyn Harder says
So appreciate the chord embellishment lesson, exactly what I was looking for.