Open Chords

20 Chords Every Guitarist Should Know

Open Chords are played within the first few frets on the guitar and include notes on strings that are not fretted and thus considered to be “open” strings. They are the first chords most guitarists learn.

Open chords are sometimes referred to as Cowboy Chords but don’t be fooled, they have a fuller and more robust sound then barre chords that reacts well to the over-driven guitars of rock.