20 Commonly Used Open Chords

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Open chords are guitar chords that utilize open strings. They are usually considered the best sounding chords on the guitar. That is because the guitar’s strings sound best when played open. They are also considered the “beginner” chords, because of the relative ease of learning them (as opposed to other chord forms such as barre chords).

Common Open Guitar Chords Chart

Strum each string unless you see an “X” over the string.

Open Guitar Chords

The Most Commonly Used Open Chords

Video: How To Play The Commonly Used Open Guitar Chords

You’ll need to know how to read a chord diagram and make sure you tune your guitar before you get started. ┬áIn the video below I’ll show you how to play the chords. Then use the chord chart above to practice them. Keep working at them until you can play them from memory. You’ll find the chord chart immediately below the video.