Open Chords - chords with
one or more open strings, played within thefirst few frets of the guitar
- has the sound that we associate with the lone cowboy sitin' on the
open range strummin' away for his horse and the lone coyote to enjoy.
The first thing we'll
play is the C Major Scale. This scale is played in the first
position - that is with your first finger at the first fret,
the second finger at the second fret and so on. This can also be called
the open position. The combination of open and fretted
notes tend to sound "country."
Try the C Scale in open
position or first position:
The seven chords associated
with the "Key of C" are based on the seven ntes of the C scale
and use only notes in the C scale - no sharps or flats. The chords are
created by stacking notes in thirds - for example 1-3-5 or 2-4-6. Because
each chord has only three notes they are called triads.
The "cowboy chords"
of C Major are as folows: