This Week... Basic Chords On Guitar

Playing chords and starting to learn to strum acoustic guitar may seem like a daunting task for someone who has never picked up the instrument. They may hear an old song by Van Halen and think to themselves, "There is no way I could ever play something like that! Playing the guitar seems really hard!" While this may be true, playing like Eddie Van Halen is something that few guitar players can do even with years of experience under their belt. In reality, you don't need to be able to shred all over the neck of the guitar to play this instrument beautifully. Even if that is your goal, everybody needs to start somewhere, and the perfect way to start is by learning the basic open chords.

Learning the basic chords and being able to change between them smoothly is a task that will only take most complete beginners a few weeks to a month or two to learn with regular practice and good quality spanish guitar lessons. The best part is that most popular songs only use the basic chords or subtle variations of them. So by learning these chords, you'll already know how to play some of your favorite songs in a matter of weeks!

The first chord every guitar player should learn is C Major, you can learn it here on CeBASE online guitar videos. The C Major scale is the root of all of the scales, used in tens of thousands of songs, and the easiest to learn because it has zero sharps or flats. If you are completely new to guitar, you'll want to know that the strings are numbered from lowest to highest (the 6th string is the lowest sounding/thickest string, the 1st string is the highest sounding/thinnest string). It doesn't matter if you're left or right handed. These instructions will work for both. To play this chord, place your first (index) finger on the 1st fret of the 2nd string, your second (middle) finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string, and your third (ring) finger on the 3rd fret of the 5th string. Then strum all strings but the 6th string. That may sound a little tricky, but it is a very simple and comfortable position for your hand.

Two other chords the beginner player should learn are the G Major and D Major. G Major is played by placing your third or fourth (ring or pinky - whichever is most comfortable for you) finger on the 3rd fret of the 1st string, your first finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string, and your second finger on the 3rd fret of the 6th string. The D Major uses the second finger on the 2nd fret of the 1st string, the third finger on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string, and the first finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string. Only strum the top 4 strings (4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st). And there you have it! Just by knowing and practicing these 3 simple chords, you'll be able to play thousands of different popular songs such as Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day, Twist and Shout by The Beatles, Wild Thing by The Troggs, and many more!

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