Beginner Chords

The ten open position chords

Five major and five major chords

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Five open position major chords


The open position chords hold the key to understanding the guitar fretboard

Study the five open position major chords carefully, they are the starting point and foundation for mapping out the guitar fretboard and understanding music.

You will, later on, turn them into barre chords, pentatonic scales, arpeggios, and modes. The open position chords literally hold the key to understanding the guitar fretboard.

In the beginner course, we dig deep to fully understand all of them, including possible small variations and what each and every interval actually is located.

When you can play them all, it’s easy to translate them to open position minor chords.


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Five open position minor chords

To create the five open position minor chords we must find the third interval of each chord and move it down one fret.

  • E to Em – The third appear on string 3, move it to open string.
  • A to Am – The third appear on string 2, move it to fret one.
  • D to Dm – The third appear on string 1, move it to fret one.
  • G to Gm – This is complicated, see the video lesson for details.
  • C to Cm – The third appear on string 4, move it to fret one.

The beginner guitar course teaches you how to switch between these chords as you play songs and exercises.


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Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

Not only will learning songs help you with switching from one chord to another and improve your rhythm playing – they also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

To see all lessons in the beginner course, go to Beginner Guitar Course


Exercises

Beginner Chord ProgressionWe all have to start somewhere, but for how long do you strum simple songs? What do you need to know to play real songs?

What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a chord progression of a song?

A beginner need guidance more than anyone, check out these easy to follow video lessons as a preview of what awaits in the course: Beginner Guitar Lessons


Tunes

Learn how to play famous beginner songs.

‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’, ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Rewind’. ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Talking About A Revolution’, ‘Time Of Your Life’, and ‘Wonderwall’.

To preview each song, go to Beginner Acoustic Songs


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A monthly subscription with access to all acoustic and electric step by step lessons, each one designed to bring your guitar playing skills to the next level.

Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.

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