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G major chord for guitar (open).
Violoncello chord on C About this sound Play . Bottom two strings are open.

In music for stringed instruments, especially guitar, an open chord (open-position chord) is a chord that includes one or more strings that are not fingered. Thus in an open chord the strings ring, or sound, freely and fully. In contrast, all of the strings are fingered for a barre chord. Guitarists use capos, which are devices that clamp down the strings to create a movable nut, to play open chords in different keys. With a capo on the first fret, an open A minor chord would sound like a B♭ minor chord.


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G major chord for guitar (open).
Violoncello chord on C About this sound Play . Bottom two strings are open.

In music for stringed instruments, especially guitar, an open chord (open-position chord) is a chord that includes one or more strings that are not fingered. Thus in an open chord the strings ring, or sound, freely and fully. In contrast, all of the strings are fingered for a barre chord. Guitarists use capos, which are devices that clamp down the strings to create a movable nut, to play open chords in different keys. With a capo on the first fret, an open A minor chord would sound like a B♭ minor chord.


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Intro  Guitar  See also  Sources  

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