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Welcome to the sessions 3 , where we’re going to talk about some basics about guitar chords . Hope this tutorial helps you take your first steps into a more serious musical event !
Let’s start the lesson ( video script ) !
We all have seen guitar players do some crazy stuff without peering at their instrument in concerts , or a guy who’s singing with emotion and closed eyes , they all look kinda free and nice with their instrument .
Enough talking , that happens when you play chords , let’s get into it !
What is a chord ?
When we play two string or more at the same time , we’re playing a chord . As you may noticed it takes some time to find out which notes should we play using tablcher , So here you go , we have a special way to read chords !
How to read chords ?
This chord diagram literally portrays guitar fretboard :
The vertical lines Are our strings , they’re counted from right to the left .
The horizontal lines are the fret wires , so the space between them is a fret , just like what we do on a real fretboard ; And they’re counted from the top to the bottom .
We have some circles on each fret and each string , which tells us what fret on which string should we play .
Eventually we have some numbers in those circles that tells us which finger we have to use , to hold the determined frets .
Let’s translate this chord which is called Am :
We need to put our first or index finger on the first fret of B string .
Then we put our third finger on the second fret of G string .
And we put our second finger on the second fret of the D string !
Now you have to reach a clear sound whitout any extra noise . If it’s not clear there are some reasons .
Why chords don’t sound clear when you play them ?
- you should put ONLY your finger’s tip on the frets . otherwise your fingers would mute the lower strings and the same one you want to hold .
- your thumb is on a bad place , so you have to push your fingers too much and it exhausts you , and also make the notes sound false .
- you’re doing it nervously , if there’s just one thing I’m allowed to say before I die , is that DON’T DO ANY MUSICAL ACTIVITY STRESSFULLY , OTHERWISE YOU’RE DOING IT ON A PURPOSE .
So just relax , remind yourself you want to enjoy music , not to bother yourself . in this moment we’re getting into chords , and it’s the main step we have to take right now !
Main chord types
We have two Primary chord types , Open chords , and barred chords .
In Open chords according to their name , we play open string alongside the frets we’re holding .
But in barred chords , we put our index finger on all the strings , 5 or 4 of them , then we use other fingers to play a chord .
Therefore , learning the open chords is easy and there are exercises Further !
But when we get into the barred chords , we’ll have another tutorial to hit the ebbs and flows of them .
Different chord playing styles
You can play chords with your right hand fingers , Or simply using a pick .
Also if we play a chord notes one by one , it would be called “Arpeggio” .
Why do we learn chords ?
Most of the times when you’re a singer , you would play chords with your guitar and sing over them . because chords create a wide sound range and is just fine for and lead melody to be heard beautifully .
or you’ll be able to cover some songs with your band .
And also , you can just simply enjoy playing them !
whenever you wanted to learn a song’s chord progression , just search it on the internet , like : “Nothing else matters guitar chords”
then try playing it along the original song or sing on the chords to know where you should jump from the first chord to the next one , and to the next one as well , until you get the idea of that chord progression .
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