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Basic Guitar Chords

Learn Basic Guitar Chords

Basic guitar chords are considered to be made up of three or more notes. Well, you can construct a chord with a bare minimum of two or more notes. All chords have a certain letter designation along with a brief description of how to play that particular chord. Also, most chords are named from their root. The root is the lowest note within that chord.

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The root is the point from which all chords all built. There are three major chord types used in guitar. These include the major, minor, and dominant chords. Songs are usually made up of a number of small chords played together. Playing these chord groups is also a great way to practice and learn basic guitar chords. Once you have the chords in your music library, you can start to align them together to form your own music.

The only way to practice is to play. It will take time to get good at this but you cannot become a good guitar player unless you know the basic guitar chords. When playing these basic guitar chords, if you find something doesn't sound right, there could be a couple of reasons for this. Your fingers might be too far away from the fret line or perhaps part of your finger is actually on the fret itself. Your fingers may also be touching more than one string at a time. Try to be as careful as possible when playing chords. Also be clean and precise in everything that you touch. Lastly, keep your fingers pressed down hard. Again, this will only come with practice.

  • The A major chord is built from the notes A, E, A, C#, and E. This uses two open strings and three fretted strings. The top five strings are played here.

  • The A dominant seventh chord is built from the notes A, E, G, C#, and E. This uses three open strings and two fretted strings. The top five strings are played here.

  • The B diminished chord is built from the notes B, F, B, and D. All of these notes are fretted. The four middle strings are played here.

  • The B dominant seventh chord is built from the notes B, D#, A, and B. This uses one open string and three fretted strings. The four middle strings are played.

  • The B major chord is built from the notes B, F#, B, and D#. This uses all fretted strings and they are the middle four strings.

  • The C major chord is built from the notes C, E, G, C, and E. This chord contains two open strings and three fretted strings. The top five strings are played.

  • The D minor chord is built from the notes D, A, D, and F. This uses one open string and three fretted strings. The top four strings are played.

  • The D dominant seventh chord is built from the notes D, A, C, and F#. This uses one open string and three fretted notes. The top four strings are played.

  • The E dominant seventh chord is built from the notes E, B, D, G#, B, and E. This uses four open strings and two fretted strings. All six strings are played on this chord.

  • The F major chord is built from the notes F, A, C, and F. Every note played here is fretted. Your first finger should also hold down the first two strings.

  • The G major chord is built from the notes G, B, D, G, B, and G. Three strings are open and three strings are fretted. All six strings are played.

  • The G dominant seventh chord is built from the notes G, B, D, G, B, and F. This uses three open strings and three fretted strings. All six strings are played here.

As you can see, each chord has its own definition. Take some time to memorize what each chord is made up of. Then, you can start to learn each chord one by one. After you are comfortable playing each chord individually, try to put them together. Next, vary your approach and try to create a song out of them. This is the pefect way to learn basic guitar chords. Guitar Charts >>

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