4-4 Chunky Monkey Chord System




There’s a lot of information to take in when you’re learning guitar. Chords are unfamiliar and you may struggle to remember them. Let alone play them cleanly.

The Chunky Monkey Chord System is a unique way to learn chords quicker. 2-5 times quicker! It uses a couple tricks and techniques to build muscle memory and finger strength. You can use this system on beginning, intermediate, and advanced chords.

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interesting while I know these chords already I am going to definitely put this to use on unique chords that I learn later.

Very usefull approach

This seems like a worthwhile and effective approach to fine tuning and deeply engraining movement to and playing chords.
I noticed toward the end of the lesson my thumb position: very comfortably hanging over the top of the neck. Oh, oh! Not where you instruct us to have it. I immediately moved it to the proper position behind where the fingers on the other side of the neck were, and though it was a lot less comfortable, I know I will adjust to that and avoid a counterproductive habit.
I appreciate the wisdom you are imparting to us from your years of experience.
Thank you.

Tomas (Administrator) February 20, 2022 at 8:19 pm

You’re welcome Grant.

Hello Tomas
Thanks, this works very fine for me. I finally can get better grip on my D chord that continously remains “with a sound of bells” in the background. Finger 3 has to stretch nearer to fret 3 and finger 2 has to remain before fret 2. With your system I can focus more on this.
That visualizing asks rather a new form of “head work” for me. It’s new therefore it costs more time… But it gives new horizons, that’s sure

Yes. In your Chunkey Monkey system, I can feel the tone of Chord A and Chord D as its sounds very clearly. When I did it first time the song comes to my mind is ” Que Sera Sera” by Doris Day. When I was a little….

Thanks Tomas.

This is so very very helpful! Breaking the tension is just the best! Thank you again!

Tomas (Administrator) February 28, 2020 at 8:39 pm

You’re welcome Karen. Looks like you’re moving right along!

This is a very good technique. What I really like about it is it will be useful for as long as a person plays the guitar, not just as a beginner. Also, in step three when you are playing the notes of the chord individually, there is the added benefit of ‘ear training.’ Playing slowly really lets you hear the tone of the chord which I would imagine will be very beneficial later when stringing chords together to create songs etc.

Tomas (Administrator) February 10, 2020 at 5:31 pm

I’m glad to hear you appreciate the value of this technique Thomas. I still use a version of this system to learn new chords after 40 years of playing guitar.

I like this technique, in the past I kept my left hand on the strings and my fingers did start hurting fast. I like this idea of breaking the tension. By the 5 time my chords were sounding a lot better. I stopped muting the higher strings.

Tomas (Administrator) September 17, 2019 at 11:31 am

It’s one way to break it down and work on it little by little. I still do this for more complex chords when I need to.

Hey Tomas
This is the best tip I have ever got on guitar, now I don’t panic when I hear there’s another new chord round the corner
It’s amazing
Thanks keep up the good work

Tomas (Administrator) August 21, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Thanks, Shalabh. More tips are on the way.

I love ur suggestion of taking finger breaks..to release the tension.. I guess in my life as well. Thanks Tom

Tomas (Administrator) May 13, 2019 at 11:25 am

You’re welcome. Breaks are good… I have to keep reminding myself also 🙂

Finding the tips and how to relax brilliant. Thank you.

Tomas (Administrator) March 17, 2019 at 9:54 pm

You’re very welcome Matt.

Progress is moving right along Love the course and I believe for an eighty eight year young man its going well even tho I tire quickly in the afternoon JGW

Tomas (Administrator) February 25, 2019 at 11:50 am

Go Joseph! I’m really happy to see your updates. 🙂

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