Open Guitar Chords

Open chords are guitar chords that utilize open strings. They are usually considered the best sounding chords on the guitar. That is because the guitar’s strings sound best when played open. They are also considered the “beginner” chords, because of the relative  ease of learning them (as opposed to other chord forms such as barre chords).

Common Open Guitar Chords Chart

Strum each string unless you see an “X” over the string.

Open Guitar Chords
The Most Commonly Used Open Chords

Video: How To Play The Commonly Used Open Guitar Chords

You’ll need to know how to read a chord diagram and make sure you tune your guitar before you get started.  In the video below I’ll show you how to play the chords. Then use the chord chart above to practice them. Keep working at them until you can play them from memory. You’ll find the chord chart immediately below the video.

Tips For Playing Open Guitar Chords

It can be very difficult to get your fingers to cooperate when you are first learning guitar chords. After a few days of practice your fingers will start remembering where to go. It’s important to spend a little time everyday practicing these chords until you are comfortable with playing them.

Your fingertips on your fret hand will become sore and tender to the touch. Stop practicing for the day if it becomes too painful. With steady practice you will develop calluses on your fingertips and this won’t be a problem anymore.

If you’re hearing a buzzing sound, or the sound of the notes sound dull, then your not pressing hard enough on the strings.  Also, one or more of your fingers may be catching a nearby string.  To fix this, make sure your fingers are standing straight up and down. When you strum the chord each note should ring out clearly.


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