What Is the Chord Genome Project?
There are already millions of guitar resources online. So what can a beginner like me teach you about playing?
Honestly – not much.
But Chord Genome isn't really a teaching resource. Instead, it’s a searchable database that allows you to find guitar songs based on their chords.
And when used correctly, this powerful tool can make:
- Playing the guitar more enjoyable.
- Practicing the guitar much easier.
Let me explain.
How Chord Genome Makes Playing More Enjoyable
From a database of over 350,000 user-submitted guitar songs, Chord Genome lets you easily find tunes you can start playing right now.
If you already know chords C, D, and G, for example, there are thousands of songs that use those exact chords.
This can be a huge help if you're tired of strumming the same tunes again and again.
Chord Genome helps you quickly grow your repertoire – without having to learn new chords.
This endless song variety helps to eliminate boredom. And it also makes playing the guitar far more enjoyable.
Check out the following article to learn: How the Search Feature Works.
How Chord Genome Makes Practicing Easier
We learn chords to play songs. But with tens of thousands of chords to choose from, it's hard to know which ones to tackle first.
Chord Genome removes that confusion by showing you what chord to focus on next – regardless of your skill level.
The platform does this by looking at your prior knowledge to determine what single chord will unlock the most new material for you.
You're free to practice any chord you want. But learning the Next Best Chord (NBC) delivers the most results with the least effort.
To learn more, be sure to read: How the Next Best Chord Feature Works.
What Makes Chord Genome Different?
Tired of playing the same material again and again?
Disappointed by your lack of progress after weeks of practice?
These are problems many beginners face (including me). And most eventually quit – either due to boredom or frustration.
But with Chord Genome, you'll discover songs you can start playing right now – even if you’re a total beginner:
- Start with tunes that use just 1 chord. There aren't many, but they're out there.
- Whenever you’re ready, ask the platform for the Next Best Chord to learn.
- Once you add that new chord to your next search, the universe of playable songs expands rapidly. Choose those you like and start practicing.
- After you master 3 chords, the number of playable results jumps to nearly 4,000.
- By the time you add your 4th chord, you can play over 12,000 tunes.
And it only goes up from there.
In fact, you'll soon become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of playable material.
This is why Chord Genome comes with a super-beta feature that allows you to filter these results by genre and decade.
To learn more about this feature, read: Using Genre and Decade Filters.
Chord Genome As a Guitar Productivity Hack
Chord Genome is not a teaching tool – nor is it a time-saver.
You still need to put in the hours.
You still need to do the work.
But the time and effort invested produces real results. You continue building a roster of playable songs. And those tunes become more complex as your chord knowledge grows.
Seeing this progress is extremely motivating, and you'll be less tempted to quit out of frustration or boredom.
And the process is relatively painless since you’re never too far out of your comfort zone. At each stage, you’re only adding 1 new chord (and hundreds or thousands of new tunes) to your practice.
To see Chord Genome in action, check out this video.
Better still, create a free account today.
And happy strumming!