There’s a lot of discussion about which guitar chords to learn first. This article clears things up for beginners who want learn guitar.
Learn About Guitar Chords
Learning about guitar chords, how they are made, what notes they contain and why you should learn the notes is an important step for beginners. As you move beyond the beginner level you’ll want to improve at changing chords smoothly and start making barre chords without too much fuss. Check out our handy guitar chord dictionary for help with the most common guitar chords.
So many great easy guitar songs use slash chords to create smooth and melodic bass lines that go down or up one step at a time as the chord changes. You might have seen these slash chords on a guitar chord chart and not have been sure about what to play! First, what are slash […]
Most fretted string instruments like the guitar have barre chords, and they are a true pain in the hand. However they help you get a better grasp on the different guitar chords to be found across the fretboard. It is not easy to play barre chords as a beginner guitar player, but it is never […]
When a guitar string rings without any fingers down on the fretboard, we call that an “open” string. An open string is allowed to ring freely and will sound for a while if it is not muted (the word for using your hand to stop the ringing of the strings). Open chords are the chords […]
It’s time to talk power chords – what they are, how to play them, the theory/how they’re formed and ultimately, how to use them. Maybe you already play power chords but don’t know the theory behind them or where they come from. Or maybe you’ve never even heard the name before. Or perhaps you sort […]
“Open Chords” is a term you’ll likely encounter very often in the early stages of learning to play the guitar. The main reason it is so common at this stage is that chords are usually one of the first things an aspiring guitarist will learn, and within ‘chords’ as a category, ‘open chords’ are usually […]
Here’s a primer to help you understand and form any power chord you want on your guitar in several different ways.
Knowing a chord’s root note helps you play it cleaner. This knowledge also helps you recognize and play slash chords without thinking twice about it.
Mike Philippov walks you through making difficult chord changes, step by step.