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This tutorial covers the basics of chord theory: how chords consist of notes from scales played together, the origin of open and barre major and chord shapes. You'll also learn about chord voicings by using triads and inversions in order play any major or minor chord across the fretboard in order to make your playing more musical. Then we'll look at some basic practical applications of triads and inversion.

We'll explore how chord theory leads to the basic open and barre major and minor chords most guitarists learn and play. We'll see show those basic shapes can be moved around the fretboard to play on a chord on all of the 12 possible musical alphabet letters. Then we'll take that knowledge further by looking at chords in their most basic form: as triads, groups of three specific notes. We will see how chords are built by isolating the 1st, 3rd & 5th scale degree notes of their parent (major or minor diatonic) scale. Then we will take that concept and apply it across the fretboard to learn about chord inversions. Chord triads and inversions are a very powerful musical tool. They can show you how to use the entire fretboard to play, or voice, chords in a wide variety of ways. This will make your guitar playing much more musical.

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Chord Theory: An Introduction