What’s a chord?

A combination of three or more notes played simultaneously and perceived as sound as a whole is called a chord. It is called a melody if you play one note after the other, not in the form of accompaniment.

When a chord consists of three notes, we call it a triad.
We can remember this quickly because of the resemblance between the word “three”
and the word “triad “.

Triad chords are in the basic guitar chords category.

Don’t get confused, though. When you play a major or a minor chord on four, five, or even six strings, it’s still consisted of three notes but on different octaves. (different “height” of pitch).

Playing two notes at the same time is not considered to be a chord but an interval.

Chord shapes are just shapes. We need to add the strumming or picking motion to get a sound out of them. 

What’s an open-voicing chord?

It’s a chord shape that includes one or more open strings when we play it.

The open strings envelop the chord with a richer sound.

What are the chord types?

In simplicity (not getting into 7th chords).

Major chord – Sounds happy.

Written with upper-case letters like G, A, D, C, etc.

Minor chord – Sounds mellow.

Written with upper-case letters + a small m (which stands for minor) next to them: Gm, Am, Dm, Cm, etc.

Usually, beginners start their playing journey by learning the shapes of C, A, G, E, and D, commonly
known as the CAGED system.

It doesn’t mean that you have to start with them.
My advice is to start with a simple 2-3 chords song that you like, no matter what the chords are because when you’re just beginning to play the guitar, you have to find ways to stay motivated.

Learning systematic methods like the CAGED, when no fun’s connected to it,
can reduce motivation.

I think there are much simpler chord “shapes” a beginner guitar player can start with to
produce music out of the instrument faster.

I will explain it here

Or go to the next step. 

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