There is a certain beauty in the simplicity of a cowboy chord which offers the guitarist either a lifetime of simple songs to strum or a gateway into a larger musical world. If you have never heard of cowboy chord it is a term (at times derogatory) which refers to open chords and their simplicity which bring about the image of a cowboy playing guitar around the campfire.
The mastery of open chords will help the budding guitarist develop a sense of confidence and security in their playing – teachers however, should be weary that students may become complacent in this security and must help students push ahead to develop new skills.
Below are fifteen of the most commonly used cowboy/open chords – this list is by no means meant to be exhaustive. In the coming months I’ll be talking about how to help students use these chords to develop their skills.