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Lesson 7: How to spell major chords

A notebook sits beside a person learning guitar

In this lesson, you'll learn how to spell each of the major chords. 

What do I mean by that? Well, when you learn any new chord, you need to know the three core notes that make up that chord (the tonic, the major third interval, and the fifth interval).

If you do this, regardless of how you play the chord, you’ll always be able to identify which notes you’re playing, anywhere on the fretboard.

I’ve included a print out for you below, so you can start to learn how to spell each of the major chords.

Each time you say a chord name, just spell it out too. For example, you’d say C chord, C, E , G. It only takes a few seconds and it really helps you to remember which three notes you’re going to be playing. 

As you move through the next few lessons, you’ll start to see why this is really important, and so useful to you as you mature as a guitar player.

Spell each of the major chords - worksheet (PDF, 22KB)

Spell each of the major chords - answer sheet (PDF, 23KB)

Guitar practice journal

Download the Guitar Practice Tracker today. It will help to keep you motivated and give you a visual representation of your progress, and areas of focus throughout the year. 

A guitar journal will enable you to:
  • Set personalised goals and monitor your progress

  • Identify the number of hours or days you've spent on a particular skill
  • Provide a quick reference to the notes and chords in a particuar key
  • List the songs you know and sort by key, capo placement, artist, and chord progression
  • Link directly to your favourite YouTube videos and tutorials 

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