This lesson is all about discovering more
interesting, uncommon open chord variations, built around those same positions - E A D C and G.
You'll be surprised at the vast library of
you'll have under your fingers just from playing around with these
beauty of open chords is, because they use open
strings, they sound especially vibrant - great for those big strumming
The idea is that you
build up your chord voicing options and experiment with each in your
songwriting. Open chords shouldn't replace
other chord forms you learn,
but just having the option gives you that creative freedom.
E chord variations
open E chords
how the key elements of the basic major chord (the root E string, the
3rd on 1st fret G string and 5th on A string 2nd fret) are kept intact.
All we're doing is adding tones to these basic chords to give them more
open E chords
key elements of the basic minor triad are still there (root E string,
open G string minor 3rd and 5th on A string 2nd fret). We're just
adding tones around it to spice things up. They won't sound right in
every context, but they're there when you need them!
Open A chord variations
Major open A chords
Minor open A
Suspended open A chords
Open D chord variations
Major open D chords
Minor open D
Open C chord variations
Major open C chords
Open G chord variations
Major open G chords
Minor open G chords
Suspended open G chords
Use the open chord variations you've learned in this lesson as
inspiration for trying
your own ideas. Add/remove fingers/notes to the chord forms you know
and hear how it changes their sound.