The free guitar chords app “Basichords” is sufficient for beginning guitar students. It provides first and foremost, chord diagrams | chord charts for all the major chords – and I mean major in the musical sense as well as the important sense. In fact, come to think of it – that’s probably why they’re called major chords – people prioritize major chords as more important than minor chords. Perhaps this is because if you start off playing only minor chords all the time the music might depress you and discourage you from continuing. People deeply need encouragement, so major chords are more important. If you only want to play major chords, they are based on the 1st, 4th, and 5th intervals in any major key.
Quick Major Chords Reference for 1-4-5 chords arranged according to the first half of the Circle of Fifths: (Little Chord Families)
1 4 5
F Bb C
C F G
G C D
D G A
A D E
E A B
B E F#
(Little Chord Families)
The mnemonic for this is of course Fun Charlie Goes Down And Eats Breakfast. Memorize this phrase. Then memorize it again – and again. You should know this like you know the back of your eyelids at night. In fact, repeat Fun Charlie Goes Down And Eats Breakfast imagining fun Charlie going down and eating breakfast in the morning instead of counting sheep at night. It actually shouldn’t take too much repetition for you to get it. Probably in this paragraph alone you’ve probably already memorized Fun Charlie Goes Down And Eats Breakfast.
In conclusion, check out that app, especially if you are a beginner guitar player, and make sure you know all your major chords. Then start playing them using the little chord families listed above. Stay away from the minor chords for now, as that way lies sadness. Stay happy. Stay rooted in happiness. Each chord has a root, as every person, and that chord either has a happy root (major) or a sad root (sad). The “root note” is the same as the name of the chord – so for a C chord, the root note is C. For a G chord, it is G, for a D chord, the root note is D, and so forth.
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Peace be with you, stay rooted in happiness, and have a very restful and peaceful weekend. Happy Fretty Friday!