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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!


    What about COVID-19?

      • Please stay at home and practice your instrument! In order to encourage you staying at home, we're offering 15% OFF with promo code STAYHOME

      • Please note that shipping fees are slightly higher than usual and there might be delays due to global shipping operations being slower. However, this is only a warning and deliveries are still going on as normal.

    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!
    (As seen on Facebook!)

      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?

        Watch WHAT THE E# Reviews here:

          Customer Reviews

          Based on 43 reviews


          Music Therapy Major Loves Theory Game

          I am enjoying this game a lot. Learning the fundamentals of theory in my music theory class has given me knowledge and understanding of the game's content. I am hoping to share it with my theory class during the fall semester.

          Worth the wait!

          I have to say, my expectations were pretty high, as I was pretty anxious to play this game since I backed the Kickstarter campaign over a year ago. My order had some shipping problems and I thought my package was lost, the guys of Lord of the Chords were extremely helpful and graciously sent me another copy. A couple of days later I found out that apparently my orginal package spent about 2 months in Chile, just chilling... Anyways shortly after receiving my copy, my country basically went under lock down because of the coronavirus and I had to cancel my plans to test the game with friends :( I don't think I ever waited so long to play a game. After days of nagging I convinced my mom to try the game with me and she loved it!! My mom doesn't speak English, so she was reluctant to play and her music theory knowledge was a bit rusty but that didn't stop her from winning! My music theory knowledge is pretty basic (I hated theory when I was younger) but I loved being able to exercise that knowledge and learning a bit more! Honestly it's a fantastic game and the language and theory knowledge are no barriers, anyone can have a great time!!

          No Frets Here!

          Fun game -- I've enjoyed playing it with musicians and non-musicians alike. Brimming with delightful puns. Options for more advanced play and simple play are a nice addition, as well. Highly recommend!

          Playable by people who don't know music theory! Simple, but it's fun.

          It is playable by people who don't know music theory, with a bit of orientation and use of the charts. You do want to keep it simple, but it's fun. First time, we played at a party, and the winner was a guy with zero expertise. (I also have almost zero.)

          REALLY fun hilarious and clever game!

          I have it and it's REALLY fun! 😃 It's a hilarious and clever game! Only for those who understand theory 😛

          My 7 and 5 year old love it! Fun to play and fun to remember the theory lessons we took

          I have used components to teach my 7 and 5 year old some theory. The 7 year old is a new violin student. He might not get all the puns, but he laughs anyway. My 5 year old likes to line notes up. We have a notebook with blank staves, so we will write out her little songs. My husband and I have both had some theory and lessons. Though both of those go back 20 years. It is fun remembering. Fun to play. It was a great kickstarter campaign.


          Lord of the Chords: The Complete Edition

          Brilliant Game

          A lot of thought has gone into this. It is so fun! I play it at the music school I work at with other fellow teachers!

          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,

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