Major Chords

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Major chords are THE most common chord you will find. Learning these are a must. They range from easy open string versions to ones where you need to contort your hand but you will get used to that, practice them, memorise them, dream about them.

Major chords are based on the major scale and contain the first, third and fifth note of the scale. Here’s the C Major scale.

C Major Scale

C Major Scale

As you can see from the diagram, the first (also known as the root), third and fifth note are C, E and G. So a C Major chord would look like this.

C Major Chord

C Major Chord

This is an open string chord. One of the easiest chords to play, and luckily enough, it’s a very common chord.

Move it up four frets and you get a E major chord. To help you remember what key you’re playing with this shape anywhere on the fretboard, remember that the root of this shape is on the 3rd string (C string). I’ve put a slightly different version of this chord next to it also.

E Major Chord

E Major Chord

Another easy major chord shape is the B Major chord shape pictured below. The root of this chord lies on the first string (A string)

B Major Chord

B Major Chord

The last simple chord shape is the G Major chord shape. The root of this chord lies on the 2nd string (E string)

G Major Chord

G Major Chord

There are many many other versions of the major chord, but these are the three major chord shapes I use. If you’re a beginner, stick to these for now.

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