Basic Open Position Chords

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Now we will begin learning some basic chords. A chord is created by playing more than two notes at a time. In this lesson we will be learning open position chords. Open position chords get their name from the fact that they are played in what is commonly called the first or open position on the guitar neck.

Let's begin by learning the following five chords. If you do not know how to read the chord diagrams, click here.

Now that you have learned these chords, we must begin learning how to change from one chord to another. To do this we will use a very simple exercise. We will begin by choosing to chords that we wish to practice switching between. First we will choose the chords A and D. This exercise works like this. First, finger the A chord and strum it three times. Second, finger the D chord and strum it three times.

Learn each of the following chords and then practice moving between the chords using the exercise above as an example.


Now let's practice some songs that use these chords.

Wild Thing House of the Rising Sun

Some of these songs have been simplified so that they are easier to play. After you feel comfortable playing the simplified version, you can go to the songs section of the Tonart Website and get the complete versions.

Basic Open Position Chords

Tonart Music

Now we will begin learning some basic chords. A chord is created by playing more than two notes at a time. In this lesson we will be learning open position chords. Open position chords get their name from the fact that they are played in what is commonly called the first or open position on the guitar neck.

Let's begin by learning the following five chords. If you do not know how to read the chord diagrams, click here.

Now that you have learned these chords, we must begin learning how to change from one chord to another. To do this we will use a very simple exercise. We will begin by choosing to chords that we wish to practice switching between. First we will choose the chords A and D. This exercise works like this. First, finger the A chord and strum it three times. Second, finger the D chord and strum it three times.

Learn each of the following chords and then practice moving between the chords using the exercise above as an example.


Now let's practice some songs that use these chords.

Wild Thing House of the Rising Sun

Some of these songs have been simplified so that they are easier to play. After you feel comfortable playing the simplified version, you can go to the songs section of the Tonart Website and get the complete versions.


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