Are Open Strings A Chord?

Are Open Strings a Chord?

Yes. The definition of a chord is anything that is two notes or more. If you played the open strings E and A, you would be playing a chord. The chord could be an E sus, A5, or some color tones of another chord that has no root.

Many styles of music use open strings, in fact it determines the key signature many times. Writing a song in the Key of G# makes it difficult to utilize the open strings (unless of course you have a capo).

Keep in mind that if I play three notes and all three notes are the pitch ‘A’, then it is NOT a chord. A chord has to be two different notes.

If you are in Standard Tuning (E A D G B E) and decide to play all open strings then you would be playing an G9add13/E. Don’t be confused about that slash chords or sus chords.

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  1. Jimi Hendrix's butler

    an E11 would be nearly impossible to play on guitar no?

  2. Jimi Hendrix's butler

    an E11 would be nearly impossible to play on guitar no?

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