Learning where to place your fingers to play chords is one thing, but as your playing develops, it really helps to know how those chords are made. In this acoustic guitar tutorial, Elixir Strings artist Shawn Persinger breaks down the theory behind chord building in an easy-to-understand fashion.
Understanding the basic theory behind chords on the guitar will help unlock the fingerboard and allow you to change voicings and find chords up and down the neck. It’s a great way of breaking out of the usual open-position “cowboy chords” when you need to.
Taking the major scale (played on one string), Shawn quickly explains which notes are used to make up chords from the scale, and where you can play them on the guitar. If you’ve always struggled to understand why chords are made up of the notes they are, this is the lesson for you!