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Open Chords
Open Chords
These 20 chords are the basic building blocks of most guitar chord playing. It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing songs with friends, sitting in with a band, or playing for the Grammy awards. These are the chords every guitar player needs to know. You can’t call yourself a guitarist and not be familiar with these common chord forms.

This is not meant to be an extensive list of every possible chord, but it can be a simple reference of the chords you need to know because you’re going to see them a lot in all guitar styles.

These chords are referred to as “Open” chords because they use at least one open string. The chords are grouped into families by key and common shape so they’re easy to remember.

Check out the Open Chords Workout in the Power Workout section to get the practice you’re going to need to play these chords.

Work out the forms and memorize them and you’ll be able to strum along with countless songs. Have fun learning and incorporating them into your playing. - Steve Krenz

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Steve plays a Vintage Sunburst J-45 Standard in this lesson.

Steve Krenz
    Steve Krenz

As an instructor, Steve is best known for the top-selling guitar instruction course, Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar. He has helped thousands of students in over 95 countries across the globe to learn, improve, and master the guitar.

Steve's performing experience covers a large gamut, from playing guitar with the symphony orchestra, to jazz big bands, to performing with Grammy-winning artists like Donna Summer, Michael W. Smith, The Fifth Dimension, Israel Houghton, and Tommy Sims (producer, renowned bass player for Bruce Springsteen and co-writer of Eric Clapton's Grammy-winning song "Change the World").

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