12. Beginner chords recap

So is this like similar to those filler episodes that serve no purpose other than to pad the season episode number count?

1. Topics of discussion

In this tutorial, we will taking a bit of time to recap what we’ve learned so far. So, let’s have some fun.

2. Beginner chords recap

Before we move on to more complex chords, I think it’s best to remind ourselves what we have learned so far.

This series is focused on teaching you how to play chords on your guitar, but one thing I will always want you to remember is that the theoretical aspects of chords (e.g. triads) are the same for all instruments.

In the beginning, we took a look at the basic components of a guitar and learned about the standard tuning of such an instrument. We also learned all the notes you can play on a guitar on each string. Afterwards, we talked about some theoretical aspects which would help us in our journey. The most important one is that of triads.

A triad is a group of 3 notes, played at the same time. The triads of interest are major (formed by stacking a major third and a minor third on top of each other), minor (formed by stacking a minor third and a major third on top of each other), minor (formed by stacking a minor third and a major third on top of each other), augmented (formed by stacking two major thirds on top of each other) and diminished (formed by stacking two minor thirds on top of each other).

We learned that the terms triads and chords are interchangeable and that playing the exact notes of one of the triads above is enough for it to be considered a chord, on any instrument.

We then learned all the chords from the C major scale and learned how to play bar chords and diminished chords. We then took a look at the CAGED system for major and minor chords. As you remember, the CAGED system allows us to play chords anywhere on our guitar by making use of certain chord forms (C, A, G, E or D, as the name suggests).

Finally, we learned about scale and chord degrees and their effect on chords and we also tackled the subject of chord progressions by looking at some examples.

In the next section of this series, we will be expanding our chord knowledge by looking at the various different types of seventh chords and by using various other techniques.

The first subject we are going to tackle is an introduction to 7th chords, which we will discuss in the next tutorial. See you then.

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