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Cheat Sheet

Rock Guitar For Dummies

From Rock Guitar For Dummies by Jon Chappell, Carl Verheyen (Foreword by)

Are you looking to master rock guitar? First, make sure you know the parts of an electric guitar, then get a beat on the common open-position chords, and moveable chords of rock guitar.

Common Open-Position Chords for Rock Guitar

Open-position chords are aptly named because they involve unfretted strings that can ring open, along with the fretted notes. Open-position chords have a “jangly” pleasant feature, sometimes referred to as “cowboy chords.” These 24 chords make-up just about all the chords you need for rock guitar in open position:

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Common Moveable Chord Forms

A moveable chord, unlike an open-position chord, does not include open strings. If you can move, without rearranging your fingers, from position to position on the neck of the guitar, it’s a moveable chord.

6th-String Root

These moveable, or power, chords get their name because they get their root from the 6th string.

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5th-String Root

These moveable, or power, chords are rooted from the 5th string.

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5th-String Root (more chords)

These additional chords are also rooted from the 5th string.

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Anatomy of an Electric Guitar

An electric guitar is the key component of the rock guitar sound. Take a look at this figure to identify the major parts of a typical electric guitar, and read the chord diagram for finger placement. The tablature, or tab, is represented to show the frets and strings of the guitar.

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