#1
Do you define under learning chords just to learn how it's fingered or also the theory behind it ?
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#4
I like to know both the finger position for it's practical use and the theory for it's application.


Shouldn't we strive to know as much as possible? I think so.
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But I can't believe that the guitarist of Ramones only knows three chords


Johnny Ramone knew more than three chords. He was a much more competent guitarist than he gets credit for, that actually was the sound he was going for. He knew more than three chords.

It really depends what you want to do. If you learn the theory behind chords, you don't have to try to memorize a finger pattern for every single chord you ever want to use, because even if you have no idea how to hold it, you can figure it out pretty fast.

For example, if I wanted to play 1 (E) 5 (B) b7 (D) as a chord, which definitely is not something terribly common, I could scour around looking for a listing or I could just play (0-2-0-x-x-x) because I know the intervals and don't really need to think much about how to find them.
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I like to know both the finger position for it's practical use and the theory for it's application.


Shouldn't we strive to know as much as possible? I think so.


I think so too, but being self taught and not knowing any other musicians in the area besides a drummer I cant ask anyone hey, whats the theroy behind this or that?
#9
i consider it being both. in fact i consider it probably more theoretical knowledge than just learning the shape on the guitar. with the theoretical knowledge you can apply it to any instrument in any version/inversion (ie 1-3-5 or 5-3-1 or 3-1-5 etc etc) i can play a C in many different places on a guitar and they each have their own special uses.
#10
In terms of guitar playing it means knowing the finger positions and being able to play them on command, in terms of theory it means knowing the intervals of a particular chord, and from that you can figure everything else out.
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#11
When I know how a chod will sound before I play it, that's when I know a chord.
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