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The Fifteen Essential Open Chords For Guitar
These are the 15 essential Open Chords. The name is derived from the fact that the chords contain open strings and, for the most part are immovable. Sometimes called 'Cowboy chords', knowing these shapes are a must for every player, and usually where people start. I have substituted the FMaj7 for the F chord. I have found that the normal F Major shape, with the first finger barre across the E and B strings is very hard for beginners. The FMaj7 works as a substitution for the harder F Major chord in many songs.
Common fingering involves holding certain fingers while others are moved or added during a chord movement:
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