open position

Dominant 7th Chords

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There are 5 dominant 7th shapes in the open position. They are C7, A7, G7, E7, and D7. All other dominant 7th chords must be played with a barred version of one of these chords.Read More »Dominant 7th Chords

Major Chords

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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.

C Shape Barre Chord

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While the C major in open position should be no sweat to you by now, the barred version is a little more challenging.

It’s hard to get at first, but don’t you dare skip it. It’s important know this shape.Read More »C Shape Barre Chord

The Five Basic Chord Shapes

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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

Barre Chords

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  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.

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