Small Upper-String Chord Types

Small chord shapes built from the 4th and 3rd guitar strings are excellent for both acoustic and electric guitar. Most commonly known as Triads (and triad inversions), these chord types are some of the most popular chords used by rhythm guitar players in almost every style of music.

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These extremely popular small chord types are generally built with their lowest tones found from off of either the 4th or the 3rd guitar strings. It is somewhat less common to see them built from off of the 5th string, however there are portions of larger chords that are sometimes scaled down in their note groupings to include only a few string-sets built from off of the lower 5th, or possibly even the 6th string. For this guitar lesson, I will primarily be concerned with the construction of these smaller chords (triads) built from off of the most common string-sets (the 4th or the 3rd strings). In the video, I zoom in on the neck and get explore a group of the most common small chord types. Detailed chord diagrams will be provided on-screen. I will also play though a short chord progression that demonstrates their usefulness and function in a practical situation. On-screen TAB is provided to learn the chord changes in the example progression. Watch the video below to follow the lesson outline:
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