Open chords, guitar
Let’s start with the open chords. Open chords are basic chord formations that all guitar players learn how to play first.
MAJOR OPEN CHORDS
About the chords:
Solid dots represent finger positions. Diamonds represent played notes. X es represent a string or note not played (muted).
Each of these major chords are built from a corresponding major scale. And also consists of a triad in notation.
The formula for a major triad consists of R-3-5. What means that if your C major scale is: C D E F G A B C, Root = C, 3rd = E, & 5th = G. When you play your C major chord, the only notes strummed are C E G. This will be kind of confusing but will make sense once you really get to know your fret board and scales.
See some of the common ways that these chords and notes will be referred to. CM, DM, EM, FM, GM, AM, BM, C, D, E, F, G, A, B.