Learning To Play Easy Guitar Chords

Learning To Play Easy Guitar Chords

Welcome to your learning to play guitar chords lessons. Here we will start you off with simple chords. As you progress, we will move along to more complicated chords.

There are tons of guitar chords. Some can be very complicated and others are fairly easy. Some will make you stretch your fingers and for others, you will need only one finger. Some chords will take a long time to master. Some chords will take you just a few moments. Remember, don't rush to try and learn them all at once. There are too many for that.

Remember to take your time. There is no rush. I am not going anywhere. I will be right here to guide you every step of the way.

Overall, learning to play guitar chords can be easy.

I will start you off with four chords that can easily be used to play many songs. These are the chords I started with ten years ago when I first started playing guitar.

When you first start playing, your fingers may feel painful on the strings. As you practice, your fingers will get more and more used to it and will toughen up. You will also get ugly little things called calluses. Your fingers may not want to bend or stretch the ways that they will need to in order to play certain chords.

Now, get ready to embark on your learning journey into the world of guitar chords. And remember, practice and determination are the keys to successfully mastering the guitar.

G Chords

We will begin with the G chord. There are two ways to play this chord. The easy way for people who cannot yet get their fingers to stretch all the way, including children, is the simple G.

There is the full G chord which, overall, sounds better. You should strive to practice the full G, even if you can only play the simple G now.

The full G is played by moving your pinkie to the high E string, third fret, and moving your ring finger to the B string, third fret. Move your index finger to the A string, second fret, and your middle finger to the low E, third fret. See photo below.

G Chord

Me making a G Chord on the guitar
Me making a G Chord on the guitar

Simple G Chord

Now for the simple G chord. In order to play it, move your pinkie finger to the high E, third fret. Move your ring finger to the B string, third fret. These are the only fingers you will use for the simple G. See the photo below.

Simple G Chord

Me making a Simple G Chord
Me making a Simple G Chord

D Chord

Now, let's learn the D chord.

Move your middle finger to the high E, second fret. Move your index finger to the G string, second fret. Move your ring finger to the B string, third fret. See photo below.

D Chord

Me demonstrating the D Chord on guitar.
Me demonstrating the D Chord on guitar.

Practice G And D Chords

Now strum.

Now practice changing between the G and D chords for guitar. At first, you will be slow and you may have problems with your fingers touching other strings. This makes them muffled. When this occurs, try and position your fingers so they are not touching other strings. This may take you a while to get used to.

Remember, practice and determination are the keys to playing these chords well.

C Chord

In this lesson, I will teach you how to play the C chord for guitar.

There are three ways to play this chord. The easy way for people who cannot yet get their fingers to stretch all the way, including children, is the simple C.

For the simple C chord, put your index finger on the B string, first fret. That is it.

The next way to play the C chord is by putting your pinkie on the high E string, third fret. Put your ring finger on the B string, third fret. Put your middle finger on the A string, third fret. Put your index finger on the D string, second fret.

Another way to play the C chord is to put your ring finger on the A string, third fret. Put your pointer finger on the B string, first fret. Put your middle finger on the D string, second fret.

3 Ways To Make A C Chord

Simple C Chord
Simple C Chord
Second C Chord
Second C Chord
Full C Chord
Full C Chord

E Minor Chord

To make the E minor chord, place your index finger on the A string, second fret. Place your middle finger on the D string, second fret. The photo for this is below.

Practice going back and forth between the different C and E minor chords.

Practice and determination are the keys to playing these chords well.

E Minor Chord

E Minor Guitar Chord
E Minor Guitar Chord

F Chord

There is one F chord. To play it, put your index finger on both the B and high E strings together, first fret. Put your ring finger on the A string, third fret. Put your pinkie on the D string, third fret. Put your middle finger on the G string, second fret.

F Chord

F Chord On Guitar
F Chord On Guitar

A Minor Chord

To make the A minor chord, put your ring finger on the G string, second fret. Put the index finger on the B string, first fret. Put your middle finger on the D string, second fret. This photo is below.

Practice going back and forth between the different F and A minor chords.

Practice and determination are the keys to playing these chords well.

A Minor Chord

A Minor Chord For Guitar
A Minor Chord For Guitar

A Chord

We will start this lesson by learning to play the A chord.

First, place your ring finger on the B string, second fret. Next, put your index finger on the D string, second fret. Finally, put your middle finger on the G string, second fret.

Play this chord over and over until you are comfortable with it. Take your hand off the chord and then put them back on. Do this several times until you can do it without looking at the guitar.

Now add some of the other chords you have learned. Once you can do this without looking then proceed to the next chord.

It would also be advantageous for you to record what you are doing so you can watch and listen to make sure you are doing it correctly.

Try using the web cam from your computer if you have one.

A Chord

A Chord On Guitar
A Chord On Guitar

E Chord

Now let's move on and learn the E chord.

First, place your index finger on G string, first fret. Next, place your ring finger on the D string, second fret. Last, place your middle finger on the A string, second fret. This photo is below.

Now play the chord. Play it several times and then remove your hand. Play the chord again. Do this over and over until you can do it without looking at the guitar. Record as necessary.

Try switching back and forth between the A and E chords for guitar until you are comfortable making them and changing from one to another. This can take a while before you change from one chord to another smoothly.

Once you have mastered switching back and forth, try adding some of the other chords you have already learned. Soon you will be able to play songs, easily switching from chord to chord.

E Chord

E Chord
E Chord

A7 Chord

The A7 guitar chord is fairly easy. First, place your index finger on the D string, second fret. Put your middle finger on the B string, second fret. That is all there is to the A7 chord. See the photo below.

A7 Guitar Chord

A7 Guitar Chord
A7 Guitar Chord

A Minor 7 Guitar Chord

The A minor 7 is a little more difficult to master but you will get there after a ton of practice.

Place your index finger on the B string, first fret. Place your pinkie on the high E on the third fret. Put your ring finger on the G string, third fret. Put your middle finger on the D string, second fret. See the photo below.

You will need to practice this one over and over, but it will be worth it once you can master it.

A7 Minor Guitar Chord

A7 Minor Guitar Chord
A7 Minor Guitar Chord

G7 Chord

In this lesson, I will teach you how to play the G7 and E minor 7 chords. Both of these are a tad bit difficult, but you can successfully make both of them with a bit of practice and determination!

We will start with the G7 chord. Take your index or pointer finger and put it on the high E string, first fret. Next, put your ring finger on the low E, third fret. Then, take your middle finger and put it on the A string, second fret. That is all there is to the G7 chord.

See the photo below.

G7 Chord

G7 Chord
G7 Chord

E Minor 7

Now for the E minor 7 or Em7 chord. Take your index finger and put it on the A string, second fret. Place your pinky finger on the B string, third fret. Next, put your middle finger on the D string, second fret. That is it for the E minor 7 chord.

Please see the photo below.

Practice changing between the G7 and the Eminor 7 chords for guitar. At first, you will be slow and you may have problems with your fingers touching other strings. This makes them muffled. When this occurs, try and position your fingers so they are not touching other strings. This may take you a while to get used to.

As I always say at the end of these lessons, practice and determination are the keys to playing these chords well.

E Minor 7

E Minor 7
E Minor 7

G4 Chord

In this lesson, I will teach you how to play the G4 and DF guitar chords.

We will begin with the G4 chord.

Place your index finger on the B string, first fret. Put your pinky on the high E string, third fret. That is it. See the photo below for finger placement help.

G4 Chord

G4 Chord
G4 Chord

DF Chord

Next let's work on the DF or D/F chord.

Place your index finger on the low E string, second fret. Put your pinky finger on the high E string, third fret. Put your ring finger on the B string, third fret. That is it for this chord. Please see the photo below for proper finger placement. The photo is below.

Now practice changing between the G4 and D/F chords for guitar. At first, you will be slow and you may have problems with your fingers touching other strings. This makes them muffled. When this occurs, try and position your fingers so they are not touching other strings. This may take you a while to get used to.

 

DF Chord

DF Chord
DF Chord

Guitar Suspensions

Now I will teach you about guitar suspensions or chord suspensions.

These are suspensions of chords. Suspending a chord gives the chord a different sound. Sometimes, you just want a different sound on some parts of a song. For example, you can suspend the A chord.

To suspend any chord, take your pinky finger, which is what you will use usually, and put it on the lowest string used in the chord you are playing but one fret up. Up is going towards the head of the guitar (where the big circle hole is).

Suspending a chord gives the chord a different sound. Experiment with the different chords you have learned so far. This can be a lot of fun for you to do.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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