Open position guitar chords
Open position guitar chords get their name from the root note of the chord. For example, the root note for the open position E chord would be the Low E note. This E note would be the open Low E string or 6th string.
The root note for the open position A minor guitar chord would be the Low A note and would be the open A string or 5th string.
Look below at the guitar chords. Notice the (0's) next to the strings. The (0's) shown next to the strings will be strummed open or not touched. When playing the A minor chord strum from the open A string down through the rest of the strings.
Once again the A minor chord is made up of the A - C - E notes. Look at the images below. The first image shows the A minor chord with the fingers that play it and the second image shows the notes of the A minor chord. The open strings are the A, and high E. Once again these open strings are not fretted, but strummed along with the fretted notes. Also notice that the open strings are part of the A minor chord, the A string (A note) and the high E string (E note).
Once you have these guitar chords mastered, we will use them for our background rhythm. We will then begin to play lead guitar over each chord (CD ROM only). Each of the chords illustrated above are from the Key of C major. If you were to write your song in C, you could use these chords to get started.
The next thing I would like for you to learn will be hammer-ons, pull offs and bending. hammer-ons. Just a tip, you may eventually want to lay down your progressions on a recorder so you can improvise over them.
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