Beginner Guitar Chords
Learning guitar is a fun and exciting process. Whether you aim to rock out arenas or simply strum by the camp fire we can help you reach your goal.
What is a chord? Simply put a guitar chord is a collection of notes played simultaneously. Understanding basic chords is essential to learning and writing your own music.There are thousands of different chords out there, each with their own unique sound. For now we’ll focus on the most important and most common ones you will run across. When embarking on your guitar journey it’s good to get a handful of beginner guitar chords under your belt. These beginner guitar chords will allow you play literally thousands of songs and are the gateway to your guitar goal.
So what exactly is a chord? Basically chord is a group of three or more notes played simultaneously.
Before we start learning chords we must understand how a chord is formed. Most modern day chords are based around three notes, the 1 the 3 and the 5.
“But what do these numbers mean?”
The 1,3 and 5 are referring to the scale the chord is made up of, the numbers are simply the notes from the scale. For instance if we wanted to make a C chord we would use the C major scale and use the first note (C) the third note, (E) and the fifth note (G). Now if we play C, E and G together you have just made a C triad (tri= 3 notes) or more commonly known as a C chord.
Congratulations! You’ve made a C major chord. You can use this method to form any major chord, just remember that you will need to use the chord’s corresponding scale.
“Woah what’s major”. There are four different types of chords, but for now lets just talk about the two most common, major and minor. Major chords, like the one we just made above, are generally “happy” and “bright” sounding, while minor or “sad” or “dull”. You can make a minor chord the same way as a major, just be sure to use the minor scale!
Its important to remember that you can play a chord many different ways and in different positions up and down the guitar. There are many ways to play one chord and they all have there own unique voice to them.