Learning to Play the Guitar – What Are Chords?

by | Dec, 2019 | Blog

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 realize that this is a beginner’s 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 notes 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 has 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 colors there are. You have the 3 primary colors and when you mix those the possibilities are endless. The 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! It 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.
Source by John Springz