#1
What are the most used chords for rock music / pop and the chords that have like

AbM or C# are those chords i should learn if i wanna play the type of music described above.

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#2
All of them, but start with major, minor, 7th and power chords.
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#3
If you can play power chords you can play an approximation of most popular songs since in most cases you can substitute a bar chord for a power chord (not perfect but its close enough when starting out).

But I find that with G, D, C you can play a pretty wide variety of songs. Add in F, A, A minor, E, and E minor and you've got a very strong selection to choose from.

Then you try to play some stone temple pilots songs and find out about all these crazy ass nameless chords with F'd up fingerings.

But like... matchbox 20 for example, if you can do G, C, D, E, A you can play a lot of stuff.
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#4
Nice..Ya I know the G, D, C , A and Am, E, f SEEMS TO BE A BAR for that one, didnt get to that yet. Just need to practice playing them over and over to make sure they sound pretty. The strumming I am improving on alot in these past 4 days of playing for like 3-4 hours a day. Only problem with playing an easy song is my fingers dont move that quick to even make it out as a song i dont think lol but i'll try it out when i get a chance. I am putting rubbing Alcohol to dry out my finger tips quicker..which so far its better..i can see the difference within 2 days already

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#5
Hey ct22! Try to do this. From a C chord for example and strum it SLOWLY say 5 times then switch to ,say a G chord,. After doing that a few times try strumming only 4 times and then changing. While you are strumming the chord it gives you time to think about where you are going to put your fingers next. I can now play guitar while staring into space so to speak.

It helped me a lot when i just started. I have chord changing down in 5 minutes - no joke there.
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#6
Thats what i'm doing. I'm going from G to C , D to C , A to C , Some are easier to switch to because your fingers dont have to go to far the way there positioned. Then i Strum switching to each chord even if it takes alittle more time I dont stop strumming. I can change chords no problem just it aint like all fingers hit the strings together. I'll definetly need lessons once I find back a job. C is abit hard because when i switch to it i'm not able to hold the strings down to the fret board all the time.

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#7
Quote by Black Adder
Hey ct22! Try to do this. From a C chord for example and strum it SLOWLY say 5 times then switch to ,say a G chord,. After doing that a few times try strumming only 4 times and then changing. While you are strumming the chord it gives you time to think about where you are going to put your fingers next. I can now play guitar while staring into space so to speak.

It helped me a lot when i just started. I have chord changing down in 5 minutes - no joke there.


True, all there is to it is practicing the chord changes. You'll be fluent in no time.
Not in 5 minutes surely, but the more you play the more you learn.


^ btw I didn't know you quoted me.
#8
i defintely have the motivation
...so far no frustration as of yet ...thats prob because didnt learn barre chords yet
#9
Quote by ct22
Nice..Ya I know the G, D, C , A and Am, E, f SEEMS TO BE A BAR for that one, didnt get to that yet. Just need to practice playing them over and over to make sure they sound pretty. The strumming I am improving on alot in these past 4 days of playing for like 3-4 hours a day. Only problem with playing an easy song is my fingers dont move that quick to even make it out as a song i dont think lol but i'll try it out when i get a chance. I am putting rubbing Alcohol to dry out my finger tips quicker..which so far its better..i can see the difference within 2 days already

thanks guys
chris


I used the about.com guide to learn guitar, http://guitar.about.com/library/weekly/aa082300c.htm shows you how to play the "cheat F" that I still use. Basically it avoids having to play it like a bar chord by only strumming the bottom 4 strings.

It really helped me bridge the gap between open and bar chords too - trying to push two strings down was hard enough, never mind fretting all 6. But after I could do 2 reliably, moving on to 5 and 6 was much easier.

Fingers will stop hurting in like a week or so if you play a lot, then you can play as long as you want to which is nice

Chord changes are all just practice as mentioned above. When I started i couldn't imagine being able to flick around from one chord to another so quickly - especially without looking at the fret board, but now i dont even think about it my hand just knows what to do

That being said I still have to look at the fret board for power and bar chords, but there's a lot more space to deal with since you play those all up and down the neck, and its just a few inches between playing the right chord and the wrong one!
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