Use of chord substitution will enhance your guitar playing - I guess make it stand out a bit. There's a ton of theory into chord substitution (some of which u'd probably have to go to music school to understand and not a whole lot of us have any such inclinations!), we'll skip over all that and go directly to what needs to be done.
Say you have 2 bars of G chord (8 beats).
/ / / / | / / / / |
Playing the G Major chord over 8 beats can start to become boring and monotonous.
One way to make it better, is to use different strum patterns, arpeggiating the chords, playing partial chords etc.
Another way is to substitute.
Try this chord progression (sounds neat)
G G6 Gmaj7 G6
/ / / / | // // |
For those not in the know (G6 is how you write G major 6, but Gmaj7 is how you write G major 7 because G7 is G dominant 7 - yeah! its a tad confusing, but I didn't make up these things )
Use different combinations of this e.g. Gmaj7 G6 G G6 (ending on a major 6th lends a nice sound).
Basically, the rule for substituting major chords is that they can be substituted by major 7th and major 6th chords.
For those that are not aware of Gmaj7 and G6, here's how you do it (I will use the barre G chord in the 3rd position as the starting point).
G (barre chord 3rd position)
As with barre chords, this can be moved along the fretboard for any other major chord. Try it with all major chords.
BTW, this is also an introduction to jazz guitar. Depending on interest, will post more on dominant 7th and minor substitutions.
Sure, its a bit more complicated that playing straight chords bcos of the more frequent chord changes, but that's what makes it a bit more interesting too.
I am just going to start figuring out if this fits well with Hindi songs - experts could chime in here and suggest if they do fit and where they fit.