Well i jsut started playing guitar and dont know what chords are common so that i can practice switching them fast, could anyone please give me a list of them?
A, C,D,E,G Major are the most common ones, at least to me. You also will want to learn a few Minors. After you learn those try learning some Barre chords like F.
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I consider all all Major and Minor chords common, 7 chords you'll find alot too.
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Start with all the basic open chords. A, Am, C, D, Dm, E, Em, G, F
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A good song for the season you might want to try to build your chords is "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon considering it's that season and it's also his anniversary sometime around now.
Thanks, ill thry what you guys said thanks for your help, its always good. ye his death anniversery was last thursday or this thursday i believe.
I suggest learning all of the majors (A-G) and also minors. Maybe B7 too.

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try E, A, Am, D, C, Em, and G for ur first basics. if u dont play acustic tho, u wont hav 2 use thoes as much. and F is definatly a hard chord for me.
Definitely practice the open chords first. A good way to practice chord strumming & chord switching is to do a combination. Heres a good one:

G, Em, c, dmaj, Em. If you figure out a good rythymic strumming pattern, it's a great rythym.
It depends on what style of guitar and it varies from one guitar player to the next. For example, Metal/Hard Rock chords are not that important (in fact, in Troy Stetina's book, chords don't even appear until near the end of Rhythm Book 1). Then, any style of guitar that uses an alternative tuning other than dropping or capoing all the strings at the standard intervals has its own set of chord patterns.

Even if you have all the common open chords mastered perfectly, it is of no help to play "Rock and Roll" by Led Zeppelin or "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones. It depends on what you want to play, as to what techniques are actually going to be most helpful.
E, Em, E7, A, Am, C, G, G7, D, D7
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A, C,D,E,G Major are the most common ones, at least to me. You also will want to learn a few Minors. After you learn those try learning some Barre chords like F.

I think it's a good idea to learn all the basic chords and their sevenths. C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C
and minors Cm,Dm,Em,Fm,Gm,Am,Bm,Cm. And # means the chord is moved one fret up the neck, b means one fret down. (mostly useful with barre)

I think it's important to learn these by heart, it helps immensely in accompanying.
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