The C, A, G, E, & D chords can be a basis creating all other fingerings for every known chord. This is just one way to learn a whole bunch of chords and to understand our fretboard [another is linear versions]. Once we know a chord, a chord is just a chord; not necessarily a chord based on another. By using this method [see our CAGED learning unit], every closed fretted entity gets 12 for 1 [movable to every position, and keeps its quality]. CAGED is a valuable thing to know & doesn't interfere with creativity; rather, it provides a framework for figuring out every chord.
We start by getting these chords in our hands. Fret the following chords.
This system, CAGED, provides an architecture for learning all of the possible fingerings for any type of chord [we will need to memorize the chord components within each form [Root, 3rd, 5th], so that we can modify tones by using formulas].
Once you have these chords, move on to this lesson.