First Chord Lesson

author: SharkoNed date: 09/23/2008 category: the basics

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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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