Discover the basic guitar chords and master songs on the guitar!
This post is for the total beginner in guitar playing and aims to introduce you to beginner guitar chords.
I’ve focused on the fundamental and most commonly used guitar chords in popular rock, pop, and related music genres to make learning the first few chords easier.
I’ve also added some easy-to-play “color” chords (the blue diagrams below), so your playing will sound richer from the start.
(Besides, they are easier to play).
In this short lesson, you’ll find explanations about how to “read” the downloadable chords chart provided and some tips and ideas for interchanging between chord shapes.
This way, when you start tackling songs, you will already be “armed” with some chord skills.
At the end of this guitar chords lesson, I’ll give you tips on how to use these “color” guitar chords.
What Do You See in The Chords Chart?
- Shape = The way you should organize your fingers on the fretboard to press and get a specific guitar chord.
- Fingers = are marked as balls with numbers inside.
- 1 = first finger, 2 = 2nd finger etc…
- A red ball with a number = chord’s ROOT.(this note determines the chord’s name.) The number still indicates the finger.
- X = Don’t play this note or string.
- O = Play an open string, meaning you fret the string even though you don’t press any note. The open string is a note to itself.
Some Guide Lines For These Beginner Guitar Chords:
The complete beginner with guitar chords should learn the four blue diagrams first! (put aside the Bsus7 chord just for now).
For two reasons:
First, these chord shapes are easy to finger because they are built from only two pressing points. That will prepare your hands for later chords, and you’ll feel progress much faster than the average guitar player.
By this, I mean you’ll produce some sound from your guitar quicker.
And that’s very good for your motivation!
Secondly, You can use the easy blue shapes to replace the chords next to them in most cases.
For example, You can play the Asus2 chord (first blue diagram) instead of the Am or A chord.
Another example: Use the G6 (2nd blue diagram) instead of the G chord until your hands are more familiar with the guitar and you can master the complete G chord.
BTW I call the blue chords “color” chords because you can use them instead of simple minor or major guitar chords even after you know the “official” beginner guitar chords shapes, thus coloring the harmony.
Whenever I have a three chords song like “Knocking on Heaven Doors,” I will “experiment” with the chords and color them occasionally…just for fun.
Exactly like in the example above. ( I’ll change the G chord to a G6 chord just for the seasoning and interest.)
Now, I promised some exercises for you to download. Exercises that will help you get control over these beginner guitar chords. I’ve also included exercises that change the original chords with a new “color” chord so you can use it in your chord playing right away and benefit more from this lesson.
Otherwise, it’s just another guitar chords lesson.
So, download this lesson’s free chord exercises now, and make progress.
Oh, and another thing…
Take some more of my guitar chords lessons when you finish this lesson. They’re built the same way, and do it in the following order, please!