Open Chord Technique

Open Chords are usually what beginner guitarists learn first on the guitar. But more often than not, they get the technique all wrong.

In this lesson, I’m going to show you what I believe to be the most effective technique for open chords.

Some Analysis

Let’s start with some analysis of professional players. I’ve chosen 5 different players from various generations and styles of music. They are:

Keith Richards, Neil Young, David Gilmore, James Hetfield, and Taylor Swift.

What We’re Looking For:

Thumb Position

Where is the thumb placed? Why is it placed there? How does this affect the other elements below?

Wrist Posture

How does the wrist look? What is the angle?

Palm Position

What parts of the guitar is the palm connecting with?

Finger Angle

How are the fingers angled? How are they spreading themselves across the frets?

Finger Curve

How much are the fingers curled?

Contact Points

What parts of the hand are in contact with what parts of the guitar neck?

Bob Dylan

Neil Young

David Gilmore (Pink Floyd)

Johnny Marr

Taylor Swift