The five basic chord shapes are the open C, A, G, E, and D chords. Together they spell the word CAGED which helps us remember them.
What To Do
This is your very first step! If you do not know how to play these 5 basic chords then you should learn and memorize each chord pattern. Take your time to insure that you learn them and are playing them correctly. Each pattern is accompanied a picture of the chord being played and an audio sample of what the chord sounds like when played properly.Read More »The Five Basic Chord Shapes
You cannot play every chord in the guitar’s open position.
What if you wanted to play an F or B chord? How about an F# or Gb chord for that matter? You can’t do it without using a barred chord. There are 12 possible major chords and without barre chords you can only play 5 of them. It’s the same thing with minor chords. A barre chord is where we take a basic chord pattern and “move” it up the neck of the guitar to create different chords.
Here’s the five dominant 7th arpeggio shapes as they are found in the open position.Read More »Dominant 7th Arpeggios In The Open Position