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.
This lesson covers all of your natural notes on the neck and teaches you how to quickly find them with almost no hesitation. By breaking these notes into three smaller groups you will be able to move directly to any note within a second or two.
Let’s now begin to organize all our notes into more manageable groups. This will allow us to find specific notes much quicker. In this lesson we will begin with separating our notes into two groups. We’ll find these groups on all the strings.
Keep in mind this is only the first step! In the upcoming lessons we will break these groups down even more. Let’s begin here first though. This is an important step that will help a great deal later on down the line. So let’s get to it!
In this lesson we will be going over the major scale sequence. This is a specific sequence of whole and half steps which form the major scale. This is the mother of all scales! Everything you will learn in music will be built from this scale. For this reason I think this would be a pretty important thing to learn. So let’s get started!
In this lesson we are going to talk about enharmonics! An enharmonic is one note that has two different names. What the heck am I talking about you may be asking? Don't worry I'll explain this all for you!
Up until now now we have learned what the natural notes are. All of these sets of natural notes have whole steps between them except for what two sets? Correct B to C and E to F. What are those notes in the frets between? These are enharmonics!
Now it's time to dig in and really get to work! In this lesson we are going to learn the natural notes on the low E string. If you are familiar with power chords then take the notes you are learning within each lesson and experiment with creating some progression based on these notes.
So let's get started!
Let's now move onto learning the musical alphabet and the names of the open strings. This is the first step into the journey of complete mastery of the fretboard. We need to have the ability to quickly find any note on the neck in order to reach the level of musicianship it takes to acheive this goal.
In these lessons we will slowly build upon what was learned in the previous lesson and slowly, step by step we will continue until you are able to find any note on the neck almost instantly.
Let’s start by learning the musical alphabet!
Welcome to Fundamentals!
This series of lessons is meant to suppliment whatever else you are studying. As you work on your main focus of study take one of the lessons and dedicate about 5-10 minutes working through the lesson. Not bad huh?
In the second installment of this series, I will explain the Musical Alphabet and the open string names on the ukulele. It is imperative to know the names of the notes in order to understand how to combine them into melodies and chords. In order to learn the names of the notes the Musical Alphabet should be introduced or reviewed.
The following is an excerpt from my guitar method Six Straight Lines.
The Musical Alphabet
Guitar Instructor Steve Falter teaches you 7 basic strumming patterns and 3 exercises using quarter and eight notes. Learning these patterns will help learn new songs faster and easier.