Guitar Chords Up the Neck PDF

Chords can be extremely beneficial for multiple reasons. First of all, they help support melodies by filling in any gaps between low end bass notes and single note licks on top.

Second, chord shapes can be moved up the neck to create new voicings and sounds (remembering that all major and minor chords are composed of three chords); this process results in power chords.

Open Position Chords

Open chords are an ideal place to begin when learning guitar, as they combine open strings with fretted notes. Start off learning these basic chords first before progressing onto other types.

As you use open chords, be mindful to avoid muting any of the strings – this could result in the chord not sounding correctly. A string marked “o” should be played as part of the chord; any string marked “x” must not be played or muted slightly with another finger.

Use these chords to accompany many popular songs. However, be careful not to overdo it as this could quickly wear out your thumb and fingers. Also ensure your wrist curls naturally; tightness could result in forearm soreness.

Barre Chords

Barre chords are a form of movable chord that enable you to quickly alter its shape up or down the fretboard by using one string as a barre for multiple barre chords, all using identical fingering patterns across all strings. By moving this way you can easily make multiple chords on various parts of the fretboard using just one finger as a barre across multiple strings at the same time!

Beginners often make the mistake of applying too much pressure when playing barre chords, leading to sharp sounding strings that cause pain in fingers and forearms. To successfully play barre chords, apply just enough pressure so you can comfortably press down on all four strings while maintaining control of hand position and maintaining harmony within your music.

Relieve pressure when changing between barre chords to prevent strings from sticking together and muted them. Remember, precision overpowers power – especially when it comes to playing guitar! If unsure how much pressure should be applied when changing between barre chords, consult your teacher.


Triads, which consist of three notes that form a chord, can add depth and drama to songs; for instance, switching from major seventh to minor seventh chord progressions is common in jazz and R&B music.

A triad is composed of three elements, the root, a major third (four semitones from the root), and a perfect fifth (7 semitones from the root). The interval sizes between root, third, and fifth determine chord quality – for instance a major 7th chord contains both major thirds stacked upon one another to give its sound a full and lush quality.

Triads come in different note arrangements known as inversions. Each inversion produces its own distinct sound; therefore it’s essential to familiarize oneself with them all. For instance, the first inversion of a major 7th contains both its root note and major third note in an unstable but unresolved configuration – giving an unstable feel.

Power Chords

Power chords are simple combinations of two notes that are often found in rock music. Also referred to as dyads (two notes played together), power chords can be easily played if unwanted strings are muted with palm or finger mutes; their absence of thirds means they act as neither major nor minor chords when necessary, offering another solution when either major or minor are not suitable.

Beginners will find the easiest power chord shapes to play to be those which use an open string with fretted note on top. By adding an octave to these chords, thicker chords will emerge which require additional fingerwork.

Power chords combine distortion with power chords to produce an unsettling or menacing sound, making them especially suitable for hard rock and metal music, though you could use them with any genre for gritty textures. Plus, their shape can be moved up or down the neck to produce various inversions!