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The 3 Chords You Need To Be Proficient At Guitar

The Easiest Way To Learn Guitar Chords

When you start playing guitar for the first time, once you get used to holding the guitar properly, and understanding that both hands must perform different operations. The best way to begin is to learn very simple ones initially, and to do this, you will have to position your hands and fingers properly. We will begin this with a few tips on how to get started, and then show you how to do some of the initial chords that must be learned so that you can begin to play songs.

Initial Starting Tips

One of the first things that you will notice when you start to play is that your fingers will definitely hurt. It is something that you must get used to overtime. As the weeks and months progress, you will slowly begin to develop tougher skin, and perhaps calluses, as a result of playing guitar a couple hours a day. You will also notice that your fingers will not want to move the way that they should, and once you have gotten past these physical hurdles, you will then have a chance at learning to play the different basic chords that you must know in order to play different songs that you come across.

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Learning G Chords

The first place that you should begin is learning the G chord which is the easiest to learn for people that are just starting out. It’s actually the best one for kids as well, or people that are having problems organizing their fingers appropriately in order to make the proper chords. You will start by moving your middle finger to the E string. This will be placed on the 3rd fret, and you will then move your 4th finger to B string, also on the third fret. Finally, your index finger will be on the A string on the second fret and the middle finger to the low E on the third. This is something that will require a little bit of practice, but once you have the muscle memory set, it will be automatic.

Learning D Chords

Again starting with the middle finger, placing it on the high E string on the second fret, you will move the index finger to the G string. Both of these on the second fret will then be followed with your fourth finger on the B string, but this will be on the third fret. In order to remember this, it’s good to shift between the G and D chords, conditioning your fingers to move fluidly. Muscle memory is always much easier to develop when you are forcing your fingers to switch back and forth.

Three Ways To Make The C Chord

This can actually be done in three different ways. For a simple C chord, index finger goes on the first fret on the B string. The second way is to actually play the C chord with your pinky on high E third fret, ring finger B  string third fret, and finally your index finger on the second fret on the D string. Finally, if you want to play the full C chord, your ring finger goes on A string third fret, second finger B string first fret, and your middle finger D string second fret. You will want to switch between all of these so that you can remember how to do this particular chord depending upon the song that you are playing.

Other Chords

There are several others that you can learn outside of G, C and D such as E minor chord, F chord, A minor chord, A chord, A7 and more. However, you will want to first learn the basics, committing them to muscle memory, so that when you make the transition to the more advanced musical chords, you will be able to do so fluidly. It is all about practice, and then applying what you practice to the songs that you are trying to learn. Soon it will not be a matter of remembering how to position your fingers, but simply understanding what notes you need to play, and then finally recognizing the sounds that you hear around you that will allow you to play with others.

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