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Lord of the Chords: The Complete Edition

Transform monotone music theory lessons into dynamic educational experiences accented with major laughs, minor learning and an augmented love for music theory!


  • Major geeky fun with friends - For 2-4 players; Ages 10+; 30-60 minute playing time; 433+ hours of replayability
  • Get started with no treble at all - Easy to learn rulebook with instructive diagrams, including rules for easier game variants so beginners don't have to fret!
  • Trusted by musicians and board gamers - Struck a major chord at USD$ 232,323 raised on Kickstarter with over 4000 customers worldwide.


    What You Get:

    • Lord of the Chords Base Game, containing:
      • 60 Note Cards and 44 Action Cards (310gsm black core stock with linen finish), 20 Accidental Tokens (sharp on one side, flat on the other),12 Key Signature Tiles (major key on one side, relative minor on the other), 16 Tonality Indicator Guitar Picks, 13 Instrument Tiles, 1 Cloth Bag, 52-Page Full-Colour Rulebook
    • "Who Let the Chords Out" Expansion containing:
      • "What chord is that?" Advanced Chords Extension Pack
      • "Satie-sfaction guaranteed" Extra Composer Puns Extension Pack
      • "I'm not off-Key, I modulated" Modulation Extension Pack
      • "Yes, I really need another guitar" Instrument Essentials Extension Pack
      • "You just can't escape them" Conductor Cards Extension Pack
        • For a total of 52 cards that add 9 symphonies worth of extra gameplay
    • Beautiful Piano Box travel case that fits the whole game - brighten up your music studio!

    Don't take our word for it, hear from our customers! Here's music teacher and experimental composer, Jason Hodge! (More reviews below the FAQ section)

    Learn hours of music theory in minuets - with puns and lots of fun!


    Do you have a music teacher's discount?

      • As a matter of fact, we do! Please email us at hello@lordofthechords.com with any documentation to prove it and we'll send you a massive 20% off discount code.

      • Without the good work that you do, we would never have created this game, nor would we have all this amazing music to listen to! Thank you for being a music teacher (:

    Do you have to know music to play this game?

      • No. Beethoven was a deaf musician, you can Handel it!

    Can kids play this game?

      • To fully enjoy this game, we recommend it for kids aged 9 and above, because kids aged 8 and below tend to have a hard time waiting to take turns.
      • However, in the rulebook, there are instructions for a game mode called "Allegro Mode" that doesn't require any turn taking. Kids aged 7+ can enjoy this fast-paced game mode!

      Does the piano box make music?

        • No. It is a Beethoven Simulator.

      What are the 4 H cards and 4 A#/B cards? Are they typos?

        • No. They are for German players. Please remove them from the game before you start. Germans refer to B as H, and Bb as B. It's B-zarre! Rumour has it that Bach would write his name as notes in some of his compositions - A# A C B (which spells B A C H in German notation)

      Who was the coolest music celebrity we've met because of this game?

        • Meeting Igudesman and Joo, Jordan Rudess, Jacob Collier and Ray Chen was amazing, but the coolest of all had to be Marketa Dvorak. Yes, you heard me right! Dvorak, as in, Antonin Dvorak's great-great-granddaughter, Marketa Dvorak! She doesn't actually play music herself, but she told us stories of how Antonin would wake up at 3am every morning, write music at his desk (with no piano!) until his family woke up at 7am, then just enjoy the the rest of the day in nature of with family! Isn't that lovely?

        Customer Reviews

        Based on 34 reviews
        A lot of fun!

        It was a present for my son who is studied musician for sacred music. We had a lot of fun with it. Since he was always super in music- H
        harmony and music -theory, e.g. we all did not beat him. But he likes your humour and we all laughed a lot. I guess he will play Lord of the Chords with his friends. Thank you for your ingenious game. Harmonious greatings, Waltraud,


        Haven’t played it yet but it was delivered in 6 days! Their customer service was super speedy and I can’t wait to start the game

        Let these ivories tickle you!

        My game arrived as scheduled, but the box was then unceremoniously buried under a pile of other cards and papers courtesy of my 10 year old. I emailed the creator who seemed to have a better grasp on the situation within my house than I even I did. Everything looks great and I can't wait to play. I love both music and puns so this game is definitely right up my alley. Couldn't be happier with the product and the whole process. So glad I found this one!

        The fabulously a-MUSE-ing cresendo in music education.

        The puns alone are almost worth the purchase. This novel approach to music education is composing a whole new movement. It stanzas on its own two feet. This is an Ode to Joy of music theory. It is like the triads took over suzuki.
        More seriously. This is best way to make music theory interesting and, dare I say it, fun. Of note, they are quick to respond to questions. There are a few supplemental cards that look like misprints. If you check the FAQ, it explains that certain countries that have alternative notation. I didn't RTFM but they kindly answered me anyway.

        I give the Lord of Chords 5 Jimi's (E #9). A must for anyone that wants to progress past twinkle, twinkle or chopsticks.

        Fast and fun music and puns

        This game is fun and quick to learn. Music lovers and students will especially love it. There are many puns in the card names, some obvious and some more thoughtful, which adds another great dementition. Production values are excellent. Highly recommend it!

        Delivery issue but solved immediately, amazing customer support!

        I had some issues with delivery going to my neighbour and getting returned to sender, but they dealt with it quickly and sent me another one. I'm extremely happy about the game!

        Hard but fun

        Really neat game, you get a piano case for carrying cards and stuff. Learn music theory the fun way, what chords are, length of notes, rhythms and stuff!

        Great for non musicians too!

        Even though I have no musical talent or understanding, this was quick to learn and fun to play. I feel like Mozart already!

        Fun game, even if you don’t know music!

        Just played a short round, but it was a challenging strategy game! Good for everyone, even if you don’t know music theory.

        Great game!

        This game is fantastic. You need to bring all of your strategy to the table. Love it!

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