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Open position chords and Guitar tablature Instruction

Guitar Lesson 9

In this chapter, we need to learn a little more about guitar chords and tablature. Since we are learning the Am pentatonic scale, it's a good idea that we learn the chords that blend in with this scale. The first chord we should go over is the Am chord. The Am chord is the main chord in the Am pentatonic scale.

The notes that make up the Am chord are A, C, E. All minor chords are made up of the (1st or root), flat 3rd and 5th notes. Remember in our previous lessons, I said the (m) represents the minor chord. (Am) = A minor. The Major chord is represented with its letter name only. (C) = C Major.

Before we get into any progressions or playing rhythm, we need to learn the chords we will be using.


Am chord and guitar tablature

 

The first illustration above, to the left, is showing the Am chord being played in the open position. The second illustration shows the Am chord and the notes laid out on the fret board. The third illustration above, shows the Am chord written in tablature. Notice the numbers on each string in the illustration to the right. Each number equals the fret being played, and each number is on the particular string you play.

Notice the 0 on the A string above. That 0 means you leave that string open. You do not fret that string, but you do strum it along with the other notes of that chord. Notice the 2 on the D string. That 2 represents the second fret D string which is an E note.

Notice the 2 on the G string. That 2 represents the second fret on the G string and is an A note.

Notice the 1 on the B string. That 1 represents the first fret on the B string and the C note.

Notice the 0 on the high E string. That 0 means that you do not fret that string, but you strum that string along with all the notes.

The illustrations below, shows the chords in the key of C. Look over the homework assignment and learn the arpeggios assigned.

A good exercise, is to play each note of the chord one note at a time, then move to the next chord to the right. For example, play the Am chord one note at a time starting with the open A string. Then play the next note which is the 2nd fret on the D string. Examples and tablature have been included in illustration below. Please become a Gold Level Member and login to view the complete lesson.

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