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Title: Basic Guitar Chords And How To Play Them Word Count: 520 Summary: 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. Keywords: 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 a 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 s: 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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