What are Open Chords?

Open chords are chords that are played with at least one open string ringing out. By this definition, we could play an open chord anywhere on the guitar neck. But to keep things simple, we’re going to consider open chords using the definition above, but played within the first 3 frets on the guitar. 

Open chords are also sometimes referred to as beginner chords because they’re generally the first chords we learn to play on the guitar.