How to Play Basic Guitar Chords – Simple Beginner Guitar Lessons

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To play basic guitar chords at first you have to learn how to hold the chords. well, it is not that hard; with proper practice and exercise anyone can play and master the guitar chords. There are 7 chords which are known as basic guitar chords which you are going to discover today. The songs that we hear today, the music that we listen are all composed of a combination of chords. We can say Chords are the main building block of every music piece.

There is a fundamental music theory behind the formation of chords; you might know that chords are often called as triads. The name itself explains everything. The combination of several notes when played simultaneously give rise to a chord. And a triad is a chord formed by the combination of three notes. Some of the popular triads are Major, Minor, seventh, Augmented, Diminished.

How to hold basic guitar Chords?

Below are the 7 basic guitar chords, learn how to hold and play the chords given below. If you are beginner you must have to learn it because these chords are the main building block. There is a 100% chance that you might found the chords in most of the popular songs nowadays.

basic guitar chords

E minor (Em)

basic guitar chords

E minor (Em) is the 1st basic guitar chord because it is very easy to hold, and for beginners, this chord will be the best to start on.

Hold 2nd feet of the 5th (A) string with your ring finger and the 2nd fret of the 4th (D) string with your middle finger of your right hand. See the image above, the right-hand position of  E minor chord is shown.

D major (Dmaj)

basic guitar chords

D major is the second basic guitar chord for the beginner. To play the D major chord hold the 2nd fret of the 3rd (G) string and 1st (E) string with your point finger and middle finger, and with your ring finger hold the 3rd fret of the 2nd (B) string. Right-hand position of holding the D major chord is shown in the image above.

G major (Gmaj)

basic guitar chords

This chord is one of my favorite and it is very easy to hold and it sounds very melodious.

To play the G major chord hold the 2nd fret of the 5th (A) string, 3rd fret of the 6th (E) string with your point finger and middle finger, and also hold the 3rd fret of the 1st (E) string with your ring finger.

C major (Cmaj)

basic guitar chords

C major is also one of the best in the basic guitar chord category; you can easily hold this chord with just a little practice and effort.

To play the C major chord Hold the 1st fret of the 2nd string (B) with your point finger, hold the 2nd fret of the 4th string (D) with your middle finger and hold the 3rd fret of the 5th string (A).

A minor (Am)

basic guitar chords

To play the A minor (Am) Chord, hold the 1st fret of the 2nd string (B) with point finger, 2nd fret of the 3rd string (G) with ring finger, and hold the 2nd fret of the 4th string (D) with your middle finger.

E major (Emaj)

basic guitar chords

Hold the 1st fret of the 3rd string (G) with your point finger, 2nd fret of the 5th string (A) with your middle finger, and the 2nd fret of the 4th string with your ring finger.

A major (Amaj)

basic guitar chords

A major chord is very easy to hold, to play the A major chord hold the 2nd fret of the 2nd (B), 3rd  (G), and 4th (D) strings with your ring finger, middle finger and point finger.

Points to Focus while learning the Basic guitar Chords

Now there are few things that you should keep in mind while learning the basic guitar chords, the best way to master all the chord is to practice the more you practice the more you will gain the perfection. While practicing the chords at first play each of the notes individually just to check that all the strings and notes are sounding perfect.

Before practicing the chord progression (changing of chords randomly), perfect the holding of each and every chord and then move on the chord progression, start with the strumming pattern single beat in each measure and then increase the strumming beat, try to play with a metronome.

It is the best way to practice the strumming. At first practice the downstroke strumming and then upstroke strumming. Keep on practicing until and unless you reached the goal that you have set.

So, it was a simple tutorial, hope you find it useful. If you have any thoughts regarding this post do let me know, I will be very happy to know that. Thanks for reading.

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