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Minor CAGED System

If you’ve been exposed to at least a bit of guitar theory, you’ve most likely heard of the CAGED system. It’s a system that allows you to visualize the guitar fretboard by using common major chord shapes.

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52 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

Nothing keeps you motivated to play the guitar quite like learning new songs, particularly when you’re first starting out. So, in this lesson I’ve compiled a list of 52 easy songs with guitar chords for beginners.

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Guitar player playing guitar chords by number
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Guitar Chord Key Chart

Below is a guitar chord key chart the major and minor keys. A chord key chart outlines the diatonic chords, or the chords that naturally occur in a given key. Chord charts are useful when trying to figure out the key of a song.

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Chord Functions in the Major Keys

Chords within a given key have a function, or role they play within the key. Understanding these chord functions can help you understand why some chord progressions sound good while others sound not so good.

Applying arpeggios to guitar solos and fills
Play chord progressions by position