What are the 3 basic guitar chords? – How To Read Guitar

The key is that I use all 3 notes at the same time when I play guitar in order to make the guitar playing sound good:

Major 3rd 5th 6th 7th

So that’s all there is to the Major chord. I’ll explain the others below. The next thing we’ll look at is the minor chord. For the minor chord you just go left 4th to the root of the chord. The next thing you need to know is how to play those minor chords to the root of the chord.

Major 7th 10th 13th 17th

In this example you can see we need to play minor 7th over the 6th in order to get the 7th. Now on the other hand you need to use the 2nd and 4th as a substitute for the 7th in order to get the 10th. So now you have been made aware of all the intervals of each chord and how to work them together. The next thing I’ll show you is the I chord. I play the I, because I need it to be a 5th above the 6th of the major chord, because you can see this gives me a minor 7th note. I then take the first note and go for a C in order to get the chord I I.


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You can see that I then take the 2nd and 4th of the 7th and add an Em7 after the first chord, so I get a Cmaj7(D#)/Em7(F)

To make the next note I start at the root and add the 1st note in 5th place, i.e. my I note will start on the root note C. Now I’m back to play the major chord and I’ll just take it up another 7th and I add 5th to it.


Because I now take the 3rd and the 2nd of the 7th, I start right at the 2nd note.


For the last chord I use the 7th of the Db7 chord and now I get a Cmaj7(D#)/Em7(G)

This is how you do it!

I’ll now show you how to use the notes as substitutes for the 7th of the major chord with each chord

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