Guitar Chords

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 What do we need a basic guitar chord chart for? A basic guitar chord chart gives us a list of useful guitar chords arranged in a compact chart.

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Which Chords Should We Learn First on the Chart?

First, we should learn open chords. Open chords have some open strings. What are open strings? You do not need to hold down a guitar string with your left hand to play an open string. An open chord is fairly easy to make. Which chords should we learn next?

Learning The Guitar Power Chord

Next, we should try some power chords. Power chords can be open or closed. A closed chord is one with no open strings. Generally, a power chord is closed. A power chord is fairly easy to make because it only has 1 to 3 strings. It has a very strong punchy sound. The next chord type we should learn is the bar chord.

Mastering a Bar Chord

The bar chord is a closed chord. It is a difficult type of chord to make. Of course some bar chords are easier to make than others. Now, we have touched on which chords we should learn. Our next step is to understand the mechanics behind these chords? Where did these guitar chords come from?

Understanding Chord Construction

The basic guitar chord chart shows us some chords but doesn’t say how they got there. In order to understand this concept let’s look at an example. Let’s construct a C chord.

Making a C chord from Scratch

First, we must look at the major scale with the same letter name as the major chord. The C major scale has a C, D, E, F, G, A, and B note. We will call the C the 1st note and the D the 2nd note etc. A major chord is made up of the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes. Therefore, a C chord has a C, E, and G note. How about minor chords?

Minor chords are made up of the 1st, flatted (b) 3rd and 5th notes. Therefore, a C minor chord would contain a C, E b, and G note (A flatted note is between two notes going left on the scale.). What about fifth chords. A 5th chord is made up of the 1st and 5th notes. As a result, we can say that a C 5 chord contains the C and G notes.

Chord Progressions

We don’t really need to understand chord construction when studying the basic guitar chord chart. Nonetheless, an understanding of chord progressions could be useful. A chord progression is a group of guitar chords that sound good together. What are the mechanics of chord progressions?

Looking Under the Hood Of Chord Progressions

The most basic guitar chord progression is the I, IV, V progression. Let’s try to make a C chord progression so we can understand this topic.

First we must look at a C major scale since it has the same letter name as a C chord progression. I means the 1st note and IV means the 2nd note. Finally V means the 5th note. The 1st, 4th and 5th notes of the C scale are C, F, and G. Therefore, the C, F, and G major chords make up a C guitar progression. The I, IV, V progression also contains a vi chord. A vi chord comes from the 6th note but it’s minor not major (It is lowercase because it’s minor.). The iv chord in this most basic progression is A minor. Now let’s look at some strategies for learning chords.

Memorizing or Figuring Out Chord Progressions

First, an basic understanding of chord progressions is essential to understanding the chart. Of course, we can memorize various progressions. For example, we can memorize the fact that the G, C and D chords make up a G major progression. However, we may run into a situation where we need a strange progression. For example, we might need to play a song in C # (sharp). If we understand chord progressions (not just memorize a few common ones) then we could immediately say the key of C # has a C #, F #, and G # chord. A knowledge of this topic isn’t all we need. There is another important chart.

The Guitar Fretboard Chart

A guitar fretboard chart is also essential in learning the guitar. Of course basic players should learn how to find chords and scales using this chart. However, they don’t have to be in a rush. The basic guitar chord chart and the memorization of a few progressions allows us to play many songs. Nonetheless, some websites have information on mastering the fretboard chart and I would advise checking it out.


Generally, music theory isn’t essential for guitar beginners though useful. However, a basic guitar player should learn guitar tuning, rhythm (I would advise learning basic drumming but it isn’t the only way.), the guitar fretboard, the basic guitar chord chart, correct chord fingering among many things. These skills will allow an inexperienced player to sound professional quickly.

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