Chords are three or more tones ringing together. And, two can sound together and can pass as a chord. And, a single tone is ultimately a ringing chord [harmonics].
Chords are the ‘vertical’ dimension of music. Another word for chords is harmony.
Chords can be strummed, fingerpicked as blocks/fragments, or arpeggiated [broken into individual tones by picking or fingerpicking each tone separately – the tones that are picked can ring together or not ring together].
Our Main Goals with Chords
- Program chord changes to strumming
- Arpeggiate them – fingerpicking and/or picking
- Expand our chord catalog by learning new chords, understanding chord forms & playing chord scales [both, fixed position & linear]
- Put our skills & knowledge to work in songs which exist or songs which we write