Here are first of all some basic chords positions. They are all very useful and it is necessary to know them imperatively
Here are the basic positions (simple chords, in top of the fingerboard) that permit to begin to play quickly.
Some positions can be played with a barré (B, Bm and possibly F), others can be played over the fingerboard, with the use of the inch of the left hand (D, Dm, Em and F).
- M = Major chord
- m = minor chord
- If nothing is specified, the chord is call "neutral" or "modal", that is to say that it doesn't contain third.
- If the chord is accompanied by a / , it's a reversed chord. In this case, it is not the fundamental of the chord that is played in bass, but the note that follows this symbol. Example: "Dm/A" must be read "D minor with A on bass"
Here is now a set of neutral chords (without third) that will be appreciated especially in Irish music.
Some positions come out of tonalities usually met in Irish traditional music, but it is not all the same a reason to ignore them completely !
In the emergency, it would be preferable to memorize the most frequent chords first (D, A, G, C, E, B and F).
Come then the reversings of these chords (with a fifth in bass), then the other chords.
- The number that is placed on the left of the diagrams indicates the number of the slot where begin the chord.
- If no number is present, a double lign represents the 0 fret in top of the diagram.
- At the top of the diagram, a cross indicates that the corresponding string must not be played (F, F# and G# chords for example).
- Some positions are only feasible on instruments whose fingerboard is relatively short (65 or less). F/C for example.