Basic_Guitar_Chords_And_How_To_Play_Them by MonikaKam


Basic Guitar Chords And How To Play

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The first hurdle for the novice gui
tar player is learning chords. This
 article puts into perspective the
physical and emotional challenges i
nvolved in this early stage of play
ing guitar.
basic guitar chords, minor, major

Article Body:
One of the challenges for the novic
e guitarist is learning the basic c
hords. You will not only need to kn
ow where to put your fingers, but a
lso how to change from one chord to
 another. The technique of smooth t
ransition between chords is a learn
ing process we are never really fin
ished with. Every time we learn som
ething new on the guitar, that's an
other sequence of small movements o
ur body learns, and these sets of m
ovements must be executed smoothly
through relaxed, calm practice.

Holding chords with your left hand
is a new skill. It uses groups of m
uscles we do not normally use, so i
t takes time to learn the chord sha
pes without experiencing discomfort
. There is light at the end of the
tunnel, although sometimes the tunn
el seems very, very long.

Another physical adaptation that ha
s to be made when you learn your ba
sic guitar chords is the left-hand
fingers need to be toughened up. Ca
llouses form on the tips of the fin
gers after a few weeks playing, but
 until they do you need to put up w
ith the pain.

Fortunately learning the notes on t
he guitar is a job that does come t
o an end. As you learn more songs,
chords and scales you will feel you
r ease with musical theory and nota
tion growing even if you didn't dir
ectly learn much theoretical stuff.
 If you learnt in your own way the
knowledge gets into you by way of c
onstant practice and the enjoyment
you bring to your guitar playing.

So the task at hand is to learn a b
asic group of chords. This is your
toolbox you begin your guitar playi
ng with.
Each chord is identified by a lette
r. If the letter is followed by the
 word, minor, it's a minor chord. I
f it is just the letter alone, it's
 a major chord.

Major chords contain the Root note,
 a major third above the Root plus
a fifth above the Root.
Minor chords, which have a more "sa
d" sound, are the same except that
they contain a minor third instead
of a major third.

A basic rule of thumb for understan
ding major and minor chords is for
major chord play the (1) (3) and (5
) of the major scale, and for a min
or chord play the (1) (3) and (5) o
f the minor scale.

A handy thing to know once you star
t playing barre chords is that if y
ou learn the major chord shape, you
 only need to lift one left-hand fi
nger to play the minor chord.

The basic chords come from the keys
 of A G C and D. The chords themsel
ves can be played at all positions
on the fret board, but beginners st
art with open chords at the first p
osition. This means that at least o
ne note is played on an open string.

We group the basic keys into familie
The A family contains the chords A,
D and E.
The D family contains the chords D,
E minor, G and A.
The G family contains the chords G,
 A minor, C, D and E minor.
The C family contains the chords C,
 D minor, E minor, F and G.

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