Guitar Chords for Beginner Guitarists

by Taura Eruera

 

 

Most players learn guitar chords first when they learn guitar.

The most important guitar chords to learn are the C, A, G, E and D chords.

The next most important ones are the challenging B and F chords.

The worst thing you can do if you are a new player is learn these shapes in open position.  

The best thing you can do when learning new chords is:

  • get or buy a capo
  • place it on the 5th fret
  • learn all the chords in 5th position then (when these are comfortable to play)
  • learn all the chords in 4th position then (when these are comfortable to play)
  • learn all the chords in 3rd position then (when these are comfortable to play)
  • learn all the chords in 2nd position then (when these are comfortable to play)
  • learn all the chords in 1st position then (when these are comfortable to play)
  • learn all the chords in open position

By learning the chords this way you will avoid bad habits that come from trying to do too many things at once too soon.

Things like:

  • trying to support a heavy arm held furthest from the body
  • trying to train a wrist at the end of a tense tired arm
  • trying to train a thumb to support new untrained fingers while trying to train a wrist and a heavy arm to relax while in the air
  • trying to train fingers to stand on fingertips while simultaneously trying to train a thumb to support new untrained fingers while trying to train a wrist and a heavy arm to relax while in the air
  • trying to train fingers to move independently while trying to train fingers to stand on fingertips while simultaneously trying to train a thumb to support new untrained fingers while trying to train a wrist and a heavy arm to relax while in the air 
  • trying to train fingers to move interdependently while trying to train fingers to move independently while trying to train fingers to stand on fingertips while simultaneously trying to train a thumb to support new untrained fingers while trying to train a wrist and a heavy arm to relax while in the air 

That's why the worst thing you can do if you are a new player is learn these shapes in open position.

All kinds of problems get created when you force your muscles to do new things instead of allowing your muscles to do new thins.

The problems that get created result in problems you don't even know you have.

An unrecognised problem is the hardest one to fix.

The first thing to realise is that chords are not the easiest thing for the human body to learn and master.

A successfully played chord is the result of many complex muscular and physiological processes that recognise and respects that forces of tension and relaxation are required.

Forces that have nothing to do with intelligence, talent, fame or self-esteem.

And everything to do with patience and self-acceptance.

The gradual fret by fret chord learning process will help your fingers become the graceful, potent "air force" you'd like them to be.

This process also gives your muscles every possible chance to learn the best habits.

For a lifetime of successful guitar.

In this chords section you will discover a range of lessons and articles that will help you step by step to master guitar chords.

And boost your playing pleasure. 

Be aware that changing chords is not just a matter of cordinating fingers to move in a particular formation but to also move in and out of the correct formation in the correct time. Knowing how to talk, read and write rhythm vocabularies makes playing chords in a smooth flow so much easier.

When you have these rhythm skills than you are able to coordinate both hands. That is you can coordinate the strumming hand in time with the chording hand. Be ware that when you are changing chords it is not the fretting hand that is the boss. It is the rhythm strumming hand that leads the chording hand.

You will also learn that a chord is an arpeggio. When you think a chord is half a scale that you can play with a confident single string alternate picking you are more than halfway to mastering your major scales finegerboard CAGED shapes.

You will learn major chords in this section using the most commonly used open position major chord fingerings for the C chord, A chord, G chord, E chord and D chord.

And the most common minor open position fingerings for the C minor chord, A minor chord, G minor chord, E minor chord and the D minor chord.

As well as the most common open position 7 chord fingerings for the C 7 chord, A 7 chord, G 7 chord, E 7 chord and the D 7 chord.

Getting these 15 chords patiently under your fingers and between both coordinated hands will open up volumes of popular guitar songs from all ages for you sooner than you imagined..

The main thing to remember when you are learning chords is that you play chords with two hands not one. And that you benefit by training two hands not one. Apply this principle and you will find yourself playing your favorite guitar songs sooner than later. Enjoy

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