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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).
||The D minor chord is to the
left. The first box shows the fingers and the second box shows the
notes. I personally use my 4 finger, but you can use your 3 finger.
The open strings are the E, G, B and E string. Those notes are left open and
played because they make up the E minor chord.
|The E minor chord is to the
left. The first image shows the fingers that play it and the second
image shows the notes that make that chord up.
The notes that make up the E minor chord are E -
Notice you can play this chord with your thumb on the Low
Notice that you can bar this chord. Your 1 finger covers the entire
1st fret from the 1st string to the 6th
|The F chord is to the left. The
first image is showing you play the F with the thumb on the Low
E string. The second image is barring the complete 1st fret with
your one finger. This is the root 6 E type Bar chord. The Low E string
determines what chord it will be. This is also a movable bar chord. You
can move this fingering all over the fret board to play
different chords. If you moved this fingering to the 3rd
fret, it would now be the G chord. If you moved it to
the 5th fret, it would be the A chord. 7th fret, B
chord, 8th fret C chord, 10th fret D chord and so on.
The note on the Low E string determines what chord it
is. We will learn more about bar chords a
little later on. Listen
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.
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.