Ok, so this may be remedial. It is not something I ever worried about much, but I thought I would ask. The rule of thumb is that the chord is named after its lowest fretted note. C for the C that is played on the 3rd fret of the A string etc. And that all makes sense except… In the A chord the lowest fretted note is the E. And in the E chord the lowest fretted note is the B. I guess what I am asking is, am I taking “lowest fretted note” too literally? And, if so, what is actually meant by the term?
Change the word ‘fretted’ in played note, it will become a lot clearer from the OPEN chords…
I hope this helps for now.
And fretted is your finger on a string in a box/section between those 2 metal pieces/frets on your guitar neck.
You are looking through the wrong end of the telescope.
chords are named after their root note.
The chords you are learning are shaped that way on a guitar so that the root note is the lowest note within the chord. Some chords do this by using an open string (chords whose root note is E, A or D) as the lowest note. Other chords whose root notes are not E, A or D have a fretted note giving the lowest root note.
Chords are named after the root note. Consider the slash chords for example. You will discover inversions at some point as well.
Justin has several theory lessons i think starting Grade 2. You will see how the chords are formed and then change your mind on this.
Welcome, @SaintGiff !
Hi Saint, you are on the right track you just need to look at all notes in the chord rather than just the fretted notes (i.e for the e-chord it is an open e string, a-chord open a string)