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A Bit About Acoustic Guitar Chords

Jan 15, 2008
An acoustic guitar chord is several notes all played at once. There are a lot of different acoustic guitar chords, but if you can learn a few basic ones, you can then play hundreds, if not thousands, of songs. There are some of the major chords, which have a brighter sound whilst the minor chords have a darker or sadder sound.

The chords that you play on a guitar are notated using chord diagrams and those for the acoustic guitar are similar in ways to guitar tabs. The main difference however being that the lines, which represent the strings on the acoustic guitar, run vertically instead of horizontally. Often when you first look at a chord diagram all you will see before you is a grid.

As you look at it, the vertical lines you see in front of you are those that represent the strings on your guitar, whilst the horizontal ones are there to represent the frets on it. Along with these lines there are dots and these represent the position in which you need to press down on the strings. Further to the dots and lines on the grid there are also numbers at the bottom and it is these that tell you where you need to place your fingers on each string. The Number 1 relates to your index finger, Number 2 to your middle finger, Number 3 to your ring finger and Number 4 to your small (pinkie) finger.

If however you see a zero this is means that the string should be left open as it is played. Although the thumb does not generally, get used when playing the guitar on the grid this is denoted by the letter "T".

However, the first acoustic guitar that we are going to be talking about in this article is the G-Major chord. In order to play this particular chord you need to place your middle finger (No 2) on the 6th string at the 3rd fret. Your index finger (No 1) should be placed on the 5th string at the 2nd fret and your ring finger (No 3) on to the 1st string at the 3rd fret. Now all you need to do is play each one including along with open strings one at the time.

Make sure you can hear each note clearly and there aren't any odd sounds like buzzing or rattling. If you hear something off, try pressing the string down harder on the fingerboard or move your finger closer to the fret. Also make sure that your fingers aren't touching each other or any of the other strings. Once all of the notes sound good, strum them all at once. That's a G-major acoustic guitar chord.

Another basic chord which any would be guitarist should learn in the beginning is the E-Minor one. This is much simpler to learn, as it only requires a couple of fingers in order to do so. You take your index finger and place this on the fifth string above the second fret and then your middle finger on to the fourth string above the second fret also. When placing your fingers on the strings makes sure once again that, there is sufficient space between them to ensure that they do not touch. But where as when playing the G-Major chord you need to play each note separately with this one you can play, (strum) the strings at the same time. The sound that this particular chord produces is much darker than that you would hear when you play the G-Major chord.

The other basic acoustic guitar chords that all would be guitarists should learn in the beginning are C-Major, D-Major, A-Major and A-Minor. As well as learning about positioning of the fingers in order to play these chords in order to become really proficient a person should spend a great deal of time practicing them. The more a person's practices then the more likely they are to get their fingers into the right position more quickly and fluidly and so the sound quality they produce as they play will be greatly improved.
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