How Major Chords are Built on Guitar Part 2

C major triads on strings 6-4

Now that you know how major chords are built, we will look at how to apply the formulas to actual chord fingerings on the guitar.
Major chords are built by taking the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes from the major scale.

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How Major Chords are Built on Guitar Part 1

how major chords are built on guitar - c major scale

A triad is a chord that contains three different notes.

To understand how chords are built, we return to the major scale.

Take the first, third and fifth notes from the C major scale and you will have a C major chord.

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What is a Sus 4 Chord and How is it Played on Guitar?

D sus 4 guitar chord fingering diagram

You’ve probably seen the chord symbol D sus 4 in many popular guitar songs. But what does this really mean?

Let’s start by looking at what a chord really is.

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An Overlooked Way to Improve Your Guitar Playing

In most popular songs, about 80% of the guitar parts involve playing guitar chords. This means that the vast majority of your guitar playing is related to chords. This is especially true if you’re in a band, or want to be in one soon.

So doesn’t it make sense to…

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Guitar Lesson: Making Sense of Common Guitar Chord Symbols


Translating guitar chord symbols onto the guitar fretboard can often be frustrating and confusing.

Today we will demystify some of the most common ways that guitar chords are symbolized, so you’ll probably want to bookmark this page for future reference.

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