First Chord Lesson

The best way to begin with playing a song, is to learn the basic chords which can be found here.

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I put the best chords to begin with in this lesson. With these chords you can play the easy songs, for the harder songs you need some more. The letters at the end of the lines are your fingers. For example:
 i = index finger, the forefinger
 m = middle finger, the longest 
 r = ring finger, also known as fourth finger
 p ='pinky' also known as little finger

Major


A major:

E -----0--------
B -----2-------- (p)
G -----2-------- (r)
D -----2-------- (m)
A -----0--------
E -----X--------

C major                 D major

E -----0--------         E -----2-------- (m)
B -----1-------- (i)     B -----3-------- (r)
G -----0--------         G -----2-------- (i)
D -----2-------- (m)     D -----0--------
A -----3-------- (r)     A -----X--------
E -----X--------         E -----X--------

E major                 G major

E -----0--------         E -----3-------- (p)
B -----0--------         B -----0--------
G -----1-------- (m)     G -----0--------
D -----2-------- (p)     D -----0--------
A -----2-------- (r)     A -----2-------- (m)
E -----O--------         E -----3-------- (r)
The following 2 major chords are the hardest.
B major                   F major

E -----2-------- (i)     E -----1-------- (i)
B -----4-------- (p)     B -----1-------- (i)
G -----4-------- (r)     G -----2-------- (m)
D -----4-------- (m)     D -----3-------- (p)
A -----2-------- (i)     A -----3-------- (r)
E -----X--------         E -----1-------- (i)
The Minor chords can be recognized by the 'm' at the end of the chord For example: 'Cm' means a C Minor.

Minor


A Minor:

E -----0-------
B -----1------- (m)
G -----2------- (p)
D -----2------- (r)
A -----0-------
E -----X-------

B Minor:                  

E -----2------- (i)    
B -----3------- (m)    
G -----4------- (p)     
D -----4------- (r)    
A -----2------- (i)    
E -----X-------

C Minor:                 D Minor:

E -----3------- (i)     E -----1------- (i)
B -----4------- (m)     B -----3------- (r)
G -----5------- (p)     G -----2------- (m)
D -----5------- (r)     D -----0-------
A -----3------- (i)     A -----X-------
E -----X-------         E -----X-------

E Minor:                 F Minor:

E -----0-------         E -----1------- (i)
B -----0-------         B -----1------- (i)
G -----0-------         G -----1------- (i)
D -----2------- (p)     D -----3------- (p)
A -----2------- (r)     A -----3------- (r)
E -----0-------         E -----1------- (i)

G Minor:

E -----3------- (i)
B -----3------- (i)
G -----3------- (i)
D -----5------- (p)
A -----5------- (r)
E -----3------- (i)
It comes in really handy to know all these chords. Although you'll need the major chords the most. The Em (E-Minor) is used the most of all the Minor chords, so learn to play them all! I hope I helped you to take a step into the fantastic world of guitars!

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    BodaciousBob
    Not a bad lesson, although you could have done a lot more with it. I feel that if you put in a few chord progressions from some popular songs it would have helped illustrate them better. Also you've shown bar chords with explaining that they were barchords which is what makes them more difficult and how to go about barring chords properly.
    MosesThoukwho
    Ummm sounds that can be play with those chords are Back in Black Rock N' Roll Train Highway to Hell These songs are from ac dc and they're pretty easy to learn Hope i helped someone.
    Jeyssika
    I would like to let you know that me and my friend Craig would like to say something about the names of the fingers. When he was teaching me the chords and he was telling me which fingers to put on which strings, the couldn't remember the name of the ring finger...so we called it the nameless finger. We found it quite insulting you gave it two names, and not that one. That is all Au Revoir xx
    tootsie166
    Im kinda new to guitar, and i wanted to know, does x mean you mute it or just don't hit the string?
    ArcticDude
    It means you don't play the string :p
    tootsie166 wrote: Im kinda new to guitar, and i wanted to know, does x mean you mute it or just don't hit the string?