When guitar chords are mentioned, the first thing that can be associated with them is music. These chords are a collection of tunes that are usually played together at the same time by utilizing a guitar. These can also be a composition of notes performed on closest or parted strings or on all strings at once. These guitar tunes or notes can be utilized for various functions, techniques, styles and approaches. It is popularly known to be easier to learn chording purposes when using a guitar than other musical instruments. Using a guitar makes it highly possible to play or composed a note or more with the same pitch. A guitar’s fret board makes it probable to play the identical notes in a certain place.
Guitars, which may vary from the minimum or maximum number of strings and on how such musical instruments are tuned, usually with six strings and tuned finely from the lowest to the highest pitch, are the most popular musical instruments especially for popular music making it more attractive for music lover to study and understand guitar chords. The strings are arranged accordingly: E-A-D-G-B-E. According to tradition or the conventional study of playing the guitar, the first string is the one with the highest pitch and the thinnest while the sixth string is the one with the lowest pitch and the thickest.
There are five major and easy to play guitar chords. An acronym, CAGED is used to give name to these major chords. These chords are considered to be very important in playing the guitar for four reasons. The first reason is that they are all major triads which primarily means that these chords are treated as reference chords. The second reason is that the chords transpire and exist in open positions. The third reason is that the chords become the basis of the CAGED system because of their large shapes. And the last reason is that the chords can be joined and connected together while creating one large long adjoining 12-fret.
From the CAGED guitar chords, other chords can be produced through modification. The CAGED guitar system can be amended by modifying the basic shape of the chord creating slightly altered and different gaps in between notes. By doing this, the outline can be played on any part of the fret board. The modifications of these CAGED chords, or also known as the other CAGED chords are the minor, augmented and diminished chords, slashed or inverted chords, seventh and extended chords and the power chords.
The modified or other CAGED guitar chords have their own unique characteristics and the three most common and easiest to study are the minor, augmented and diminished chords. The minor chords can be directly compared to the major chords with only one string that makes the difference of one semitone, the presence of a minor third in place of the major third. The augmented chords, on the other hand are shaped with major chords and an improved fifth, while the diminished chords are created with a minor third and moderated fifth.
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