Chords in C Major Mu
Guitar voicings are expressions of harmony, in fingerings, on the fretboard. We have a lot of options for how we express harmony, yet all chord architecture on the guitar can be based on the chord shapes C, A, C, E, and G [this is the CAGED system – check out the CAGED Series]. We did move the R5 E shape in our power chord sessions. For now, let’s index the idea…all chords can be viewed to be based on 5 chord shapes [CAGED]. Below the tab are the chord shapes which each of the fingerings are based on [can be viewed to be based on].
The big numbers are frets, the little numbers are fingers. When a chord has numbers on each side, these are alternate fingerings, or fingerings that are a part of a bar chord.
P = position of fretting hand. P1 = Position 1. Get these chords in your hands.
These are basic open string first position chords.
F is a new fingering from the one we played in Chord Connect. F has a lot of options, we’ve chosen the inside four strings from an E form. This makes it a slash chord [F/C – since C is in the bass – chord/bass tone], but it can work fine when F is written or desired. I toggle off the 2 finger to an open as a default toggle. We can also just use the FMaj7 [F
7] shown under 7ths, below.
The G7 at the end is in place of a Bo chord. The tones in Bo are B-D-F which are the 3-5-7 of a G7. G7 = R-3-5-b7 = G-B-D-F. G7 is called the Dominant 7. The triad G is the Dominant. The Dominant is a Major chord in position 5 to the root. C-D-E-F-G = 1-2-3-4-5.
Take notice that the qualities of chord are I, IV, V Major, ii iii vi minor, viio diminished [but we substitute a G7 in our exercise – it’s far more common].