4 August 2007

Song Basics - Chords And Notes

This post introduces the basics of songs. Songs are the things that you're aiming to play on the guitar, pretty obvious right? But just what does that mean?

A song is made up of a series of sounds called chords. A chord sound is made up of several individual sounds called notes. A chord usually has three notes. Don't worry about this for now, just take my word for it.

Songs also have a melody, or tune. The melody is a series of single notes. You sing the words of the song using these notes. In songs the chords and the melody sound together in a way that is pleasing to the ear. The sound is said to be harmonious.

Your goal as a budding guitarist is to learn to play the series of chords of a chosen song. On the guitar, a chord is played by strumming or picking the chords with one hand. The other hand presses some or all of the strings down onto the fret board to sound the notes of a chord.

So, there you have some basic knowledge of songs and I'm sure you're pleased to have found that you already knew quite a lot of useful music theory.

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