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.

 

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.

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The tiny letters and numbers

Hi, Neil.

These charts are fantastic.

However, I don't understand what the little letters and numbers below each string mean. For example, in the A Major chord, the figures are R - 5 - R - 3 - 5. Do these have something to do with playing technique or music theory or are they not relevant here?

Regards,

AR.

Re: The tiny letters and numbers

Hey, Alpha Romeo.

The figures that you are refering to indicate the notes of the scale:

R denotes the root note of the scale. In the case of A Major, the root is A.

The numbers 3 and 5 refer to the third and fifth notes in the scale. For A Major, these are C and E, respectively.

So, for the A Major chord, R - 5 - R - 3 - 5 indicate the notes A - E - A - C - E, which are being played on the strings.

All major chords are made up of these three notes: R, 3, and 5.

Hope this helps. Happy guitaring! :)

Re: Tiny letters

Hi, Guitar Fan.

Thanks for that lucid explaination. :)

AR

Thanks

Its very help full chords thanks,