Common Guitar Open Chords

Common Guitar Open Chords

Open chords are chords that have at least one open string. Many guitar players begin by learning open chords. Then they progress to power chords, barre chords and other moveable chord shapes. While there are no hard rules, a lot of popular music (rock, country, pop, folk, etc.) is created using mainly Major and Minor chords with other types of chords (7, m7, maj7, sus4, etc.) being used less often. Blues music typically uses a lot of 7th chords and even some 9th chords. 

I have created a chart organizing common open chords by type: Major, Minor, 7th, etc. By learning these chords you will be equipped to play most popular music. Of course you should also learn power, barre, and other chord types also. The more you learn about chords the better equipped you will be as a musician.

Common Open Chords

Link to pdf of the Common Guitar Open Chords chart.  Use your browser's download or export features to save the pdf to your computer. 

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