One of the easiest ways to start learning how to play guitar is learning the 3 essential beginner guitar chords. These chords will help your guitar playing significantly and will help you become a better guitar player.
What are Guitar Chords?
Here is what a basic guitar chord diagram looks like. The numbers on the strings tell you what frets you need to fret with your fingers. The O’s tell you what strings you need to play and the X’s tell you what ones not to play.
Also pay attention to the fingering numbers. For instance, your first finger is your index finger, your second is your middle, third your ring finger and so on. It’s important that when you play chords that you place your fingers in the correct places.
Remember that in guitar chord tablature, the thickest string, which is the 6th string, is the first. This means the 2nd string on the diagram represents the 5th string, the third the 4th and so on. It’s confusing at first but eventually your brain will get used to reading it backwards.
Guitar chords are essentially a series of notes that are played at once that allow you to create nice tones on a guitar. Guitar chords are very popular in songs that involve strumming. Almost every style of music uses guitar chords as the basis of its music. The reason being is because they sound nice and are very easily played.
There are many different types of chords that beginners can learn to play on guitar. There are many names and it can get very confusing trying to learn them all. This is why I am going to show you the basic chords first ant then work our way up to the more advanced ones.
You play a guitar chord by fretting multiple frets on your guitar and then playing all the strings at once. This style gives a full sound to the notes that you are playing. Trying to get the positioning of your fretting hand and being able to play all the strings at once can be a little difficult for most beginner guitar players.
It takes time to build calluses on your finger tips and this is a very important part of playing the guitar. You need to build that strength in your fingers, muscles and memory. The only way you can go about doing this is just practicing the guitarÂ over and over again.
Eventually you will get to the point where you will be able to easily switch through chords at a rapid pace with so much ease you will never believe you would get this far in the beginning. It’s just that simple though, if you can overcome the first wall of playing guitar chords you will be a pro at it in no time.
I recommend that everyone starts off with the three basic guitar chords. The names of these chords are G major, D Major, and C Major. These chords are all part of the major family. Major chords usually have a more bright sound so when they are played in music they sound happier. Minor chords on the other hand have a more darker and lower sound.
Most guitarists will usually use a combination of these two types of chords in their music to get the desired effects they desire or are trying to achieve.
I recommend these three chords because they are easy to play and sound really good. This makes them very ideal for any beginner guitarist who is just learning how to play guitar.
The G Major chord is the first chord that you are going to learn how to play on guitar.
In order to play it you must play the 3rd fret on the sixth string with your 2nd finger. Then take your 1st finger and place it on the second fret of the 5th string. Lastly take your 3rd finger and place it on the 3rd fret of the 1st string. You have now correctly placed your fingers in order to play a G Major chord.
When you play this chord you have to play all the strings, so just strum down all six strings. As I said before, try to get each string to ring out clearly and play all at once. If something doesn’t sound right, then play each string separately to find out what one isn’t ringing out clearly and fix it.
The G Major chord is used in many songs and is very popular. This is the first chord that I also learned to play on guitar as well. There are a few different fingerings for this chord but I will go over these in a more advanced lesson.
For now just focus on trying to play the G Major chord the way I explained above.
The D Major chord is played a little bit differently than the G Major chord. It is played entirely on all of the first 4 strings on the guitar.
You start it off by playing the 2nd fret on the 3rd string with your first finger. Then you place your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string. Finally you place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the first string. There you go, you now have a D Major chord intact.
It’s important to note though with this chord that you do not play the 6th and 5th string. You do note mute it or anything, you simply just don’t strum it. This is hard at first because you’re probably used to strumming all six strings.
Now you know how to play a G major and a D Major chord. You only have one left to learn and then you are done. Next is the…
The C Major chord is very similar to the D Major chord because you Â have to omit the six string. By this I mean you do not strum it.
The fingering is as follows, you place your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 5th string. Then you take your 2nd finger and place it on the 2nd fret of the 4th string. Lastly take your first finger and place it on the 1st fret of the 2nd string. Strum it and you have a perfect C Major Chord.
Just like the G major chord, the C Major chord can be played in multiple ways. I recommend you stick to this way for now as it is the easiest for beginners to learn on guitar.
Now you have learned to play the 3 major chords. There are many more but these songs should be good enough to get you started.
If you need some beginner songs to play I recommend you check out my post that shows you how to play some easy beginner guitar songs.
These chords are easy and fun to play. Next post I will go over the 3 essential minor chords and you will have even more to learn. Once you get the hang of it you will be able to play and make up easy songs in no time.
Believe it or not but some of the most memorable songs are created with just two or three chords in them. I highly recommend chords as a starting point for any beginner guitar player.