You can’t drive a car without wheels right?
Well, you can’t play a song on the guitar without chords.
As a beginner, you need to master some basic chords.
It turns out that there are 4 easy chords to get started with, and we’ll cover those here.
You might be wondering:
What is a chord anyways? Basically, a chord is what you get when you put 3 different notes together. Notes = Strings in this case.
So there are a lot of possibilities, but let’s cover 4 basic ones here.
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Enter the Simple C Major.
For beginners, it’s recommended to play the highest three strings when starting with these basic guitar chords. The “highest strings are actually found on the lower end of the guitar”.
A Simple C Major chord requires you to play the open G (3rd string), pressed down B (2nd string) in the first fret, and the high E (1st string) played open.
So this chord requires you to play all three notes together.
With your pick, you want to gently sweep across each string in a smooth stroke.
Don’t dig in, and don’t go too slow.
The Second Simple Chord: G.
For the Simple G chord, you have the open G, open B, and the 3rd fret of the high E string. Remember we’re only strumming the 3 high strings.
You should use your 3rd finger in the 3rd fret.
It’s that simple.
Moving on to Level 2 – Learn How to Get Your Other Fingers Involved!
The Simple A Minor (Simple Am).
This requires you to place your index finger in the first fret 2nd string (just like the C chord), then place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string.
It’s that easy:
You just learned how to play the Simple A Minor. Congrats!
Lastly, We Have the Simple E Major.
This is another easy one.
You use your index finger on the 3rd string, in the 1st fret.
Just like that, you have another chord under your belt.
Easy Tip: You probably will want to draw out the chord charts above and memorize them. Mastering these 4 chords is everyone's first step to improving on the guitar.
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