Chord Patterns

author: TriviumFan717 date: 07/14/2009 category: guitar chords

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Here are the shapes for these 6 basic chords on the first 3 strings. This should get you going for basic chords and should allow you to explore the world of triads. I have included the inversions also, so hopefully this is a helpful starting guide to triads. *Please remember this is more of a guide than a lesson. Patterns are helpful, but it is important to know the theory behind chords (chord construction, formulas, etc.)
Major Chord Shapes (first 3 strings G-B-e)

 Root        1st          2nd        
|-5-|---|---||-R-|---|---||-3-|---|---|
|---|---|-3-||-5-|---|---||---|-R-|---|
|---|---|-R-||---|-3-|---||-5-|---|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|

Minor Chord Shapes (first 3 strings G-B-e)

 Root        1st          2nd
|-5-|---|---||---|-R-|---||-3-|---|---|
|---|-3-|---||---|-5-|---||---|---|-R-|
|---|---|-R-||---|-3-|---||---|-5-|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|

Augmented Chord Shapes (first 3 strings G-B-e)

 Root        1st          2nd 
|-5-|---|---||-R-|---|---||-3-|---|---|
|---|-3-|---||---|-5-|---||---|-R-|---|
|---|-R-|---||---|-3-|---||---|-5-|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|

Diminished Chord Shapes (first 3 strings G-B-e)

 Root            1st          2nd
|-5-|---|---|---||---|-R-|---||-3-|---|---|
|---|---|-3-|---||-5-|---|---||---|---|-R-|
|---|---|---|-R-||---|-3-|---||-5-|---|---|
|---|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|

SUS2 (first 3 strings G-B-e)

 Root            1st          2nd
|-5-|---|---||---|-R-|---||-2-|---|---|---|
|-2-|---|---||---|-5-|---||---|---|---|-R-|
|---|---|-R-||-2-|---|---||---|---|-5-|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|---|
|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|---|

SUS4 (first 3 strings G-B-e)

 Root            1st          2nd
|-5-|---|---|---||-R-|---|---||---|-4-|---|
|---|---|---|-4-||-5-|---|---||---|-R-|---|
|---|---|-R-|---||---|---|-4-||-5-|---|---|
|---|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---||---|---|---||---|---|---|
Interval Chord Formulas: Major- 1 3 5 Minor- 1 b3 5 Augmented- 1 3 #5 Diminished- 1 b3 b5 sus2- 1 2 5 sus4- 1 4 5 **Feel free to leave comments or your input to make this more helpful for others. I added the formula numbers in the shapes to help you identify which intervals are which. Their just labeled without their quality (b3, #5, etc).
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