Major Chords...

Photo of a chord

A kind of D major chord...

The thing that separates the guitar from the bass is its ability to play chords. Because it has six strings, chords on a guitar have rich tones that resonate much better than the strings of a bass. There have been bassists who have experimented with chords, and the results have been interesting, but they just don't compare to chords played on a guitar. It just isn't the same...

In general a guitar is played with a person's weaker hand on the neck, and the stronger hand strumming around the body, over the pickups. So if you're right handed you play the guitar with your left hand on the neck.

Think of your fingers as numbers, with your thumb left out -- so your little finger would be 4 and your index finger would be 1, working in sequence. With that in mind, here are some examples of "open" major guitar chords. Click on the diagrams to hear the chords. Notice how major chords sound confident, happy, and strong:

A major chordB major chordC major chordD major chordE major chordF major chordG major chord