Learning to Play the Guitar – What Are Chords?

0 19

So you want to learn how to play guitar but when you reach the part about chords you’re like “huh – what, what’s a chord?” I realise that this is a beginners problem if it isn’t and you’ve been playing the guitar for a few years now and don’t know what a chord is, then read on.

Chords are pretty simple when you know what they are. In essence a chord is when you play 2 or more notes simultaneously. That is basically what a chord is! Easy right. However there are many kinds of varieties including: Major, minor, diminished, augmented, seventh, and Neapolitan. Chords with 3 notes are called triad chords.

The strings on a guitar play the following notes E, B, G, D, A, E. The strings are sometimes referred to as numbers.

The first string is note E

The second string is note B

The third string is note G

The fourth string is note D

The fifth string is note A

The sixth string is note E

As you can see there are two E notes (first string and sixth string) So the notes get referred to as string numbers so it’s easy to differentiate.

A chord is made up of any of these three notes. For instance you can use C+E+G this will play the C Major chord. If you play F+A+C notes, this will play the F Major chord.

Generally in music the harmony parts behind the leading melody are chords. Every song from all genres have a chord progression – meaning one chord follows the next in a pattern.

So how many are there? Well you may as well ask me how many colours there are. You have the 3 primary colours and when you mix those the possibilities are endless. Same goes for chords. Most songs usually use only 3 or 4 chords. So here is a list of the chords you should learn to get ahead of the game:

12 major chords

12 minor chords

12 7th chords

12 Minor 7th chords

12 Major 7th chords.

In total that’s 60! Seems like a lot huh. Well it is and it takes a lot of practice to learn them but it’s worth it. Just take each section at a time and don’t worry about learning them all at once.

Hopefully you now have a basic understanding of how to play a chord and can start learning from here.


Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. AcceptRead More