Basic Open Major Chords

A quick lesson on common open major chords.

Basic Open Major Chords
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A great start for someone beginning to learn guitar is by learning open chords.

The hardest thing about learning in the beginning is a mixture of memorizing the shapes of the chords and getting your fingers used to matching these shapes.

Begin first by studying the shape and fingering of the chord; memorize its pattern.

Next, position your fingers, one at a time, using your thumb from behind the neck to help provide the adequate pressure needed to properly fret each note.

Once in position, play each string individually, listening to hear if each note is ringing clearly.

If a fretted note doesn't ring clearly, it is either from not pressing down the note hard enough or because it isn't fingered correctly.

If an open string doesn't ring clearly, one of your fretting fingers is muffling the string.

Here are a few beginner chord shapes:

     A       C       D       E       F       G 
e|-- 0 --|-- 0 --|-- 2 --|-- 0 --|-- 1 --|-- 3 --|
B|-- 2 --|-- 1 --|-- 3 --|-- 0 --|-- 1 --|-- 0 --|
G|-- 2 --|-- 0 --|-- 2 --|-- 1 --|-- 2 --|-- 0 --|
D|-- 2 --|-- 2 --|-- 0 --|-- 2 --|-- 3 --|-- 0 --|
A|-- 0 --|-- 3 --|-- --|-- 2 --|-- --|-- 2 --|
E|-- --|-- --|-- --|-- 0 --|-- --|-- 3 --|
Take time out of every day possible to practice guitar. The more time spent, the easier playing will become. Practice, practice, practice!

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