40 Quick Guitar Tips! #26: Learn some new chords
There are 24 ways to play a C major 7 chord. Yes, you read that right 24. Try to find them all! You’ll find some chord voicings that you love, some you hate and a few that are ok. Of course, you don’t need to know all of them. However, it’s worth taking the time to work out a few different ones as you’ll know more about chords, their construction and where they appear on the guitar’s neck.
The secret with chords is to have a mental box per style of chords you can use. If you’re trying to do something that sound like a piano then you need a set of chords that sound that way. If you’re doing a rocky song you will have to adapt your chords to that style.