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More Useful Chords
This is part of the "VERY Basic Guitar subset of our "How To Folk" articles. In an effort to "jump start" your enjoyment of Folk music and your ability to join in, no matter what instrument you play, we are providing some very basic notes about guitar chords.
Note: - This part of the Folkarama page, which is dedicated to helping beginners "get into" Folk music and join Folk communities as easily as possible, with simple articles and links to resources that provide hands-on instruction in traditional acoustic instruments.
Folkarama, in turn, contains many references to more extensive articles and resources in Paul Race's CreekDontRise.com site, as well as other related pages.
Previously on "Basic Guitar"Hopefully, you have already worked your way through these materials:
This section will introduce you to the next set of chords you're likely to need if you're playing guitar-based songs. Our first priority is to give you the chords you need to play 3-chord songs in the key of G, a favorite key of Country, Bluegrass, and Folk musicians.
More useful chords will follow, that will help you play more songs in more keys.
By the time you're done with this section, you'll know most of the chords that most acoustic guitar players use most often.
There are chords beyond those, most of which you won't encounter very often, but we will cover them eventually, so you don't get caught having to ask "dumb questions" in the middle of a jam.
Moving Ahead - Once you've got comfortable with D, A7, and G, the next chord you have to learn is C, one that throws a lot of folks at first - sorry about that. But there is a relatively easy workaround you can use for songs in the key of G. Other chords you should know are presented in the pages that follow.
ConclusionUp through this section, we've focused on "root position" guitar chords. Most of them also have "open strings," so there's sound ringing out of your guitar even while you're changing chords. There are many other ways to play the chords we've covered, and there are many other chords that can be played. But if you stay in the Folk, Bluegrass, or Country genres, the chords we've shown so far will give you 95% of what you need.
Again, the more you play, sing, practice, and hang, the more you'll get out of it, the faster you'll learn in the future, and the better you'll be at whatever you already do have "under your belt."
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