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Guitar Chords for Beginners

Chords are the backbone of guitar playing, and you will need to learn a few of them before escalating to more complicated exercises. Below you will find 10 of the easiest guitar chords out there!

June 7th, 2019

G Chord

The G chord is used quite often, but it can present a challenge for some players. Here, you only need to place you third finger on the third fret of the high E string and then strum three strings down from the G string.

C Chord

The single-finger version of the C chord is a snap to learn. In the video below, you’ll see how you can just put your index finger on the first fret of the B string and strum three strings down starting from the G string to get it sounding great.

D5 Chord

All you need to play the D5 power chord is take your first finger to the second fret of the G string and then play two strings down starting with the D string. That’s all!

A5 Chord

The A5 power chord is one that is in open position with a root on the A string. Put your index finger on the second fret on both the D and the G string and strum three strings down from the A string.

E5 Chord

To build the E5 power chord, barre your first finger across the second fret of the A and D strings. Mute the remaining strings (3, 2 and 1) with your index finger. Strum three strings down, starting with the Low E and that’s the root note.

E Minor Chord (Em, Emin, E-)

This is for the E minor chords in open position. Guess what? There’s no fretting! Just strum from the G three strings down.

A Minor Chord (Am, Amin, A-)

For a three-finger version of A minor, start with your index finger on the first fret of the B string, your middle finger on the second fret of the D string and your ring finger on the second fret of the G string. Then strum five strings today beginning with the A string. There is also a two-fingered version that places your index finger on the first fret of the B string and middle finger on the second fret of the G string. Strum three strings beginning with the G string.

E Chord

For the E chord in open position, fit your second finger on the second fret of the A string, your third finger on the second fret of the D string and first finger is on the first fret of the G. Strum all six strings for a great resonant chord.

D Chord

This is the standard D chord in the open position. Place the first finger on the second fret of the G, second finger on the second fret of the E string and third finger on the third fret of B. Strum four strings down from the D. That’s the root note!

G7 Chord

The G7 chord can be played in multiple different ways, but this version is in open position with the root note on the sixth string. Place third finger on the third fret of the Low E string. Second finger on the second fret on the A string. Then, put your first finger on the first fret of the high E string. Strum from the sixth string down, and you’ve got it.

This article is a re-post, with small modifications, of “10 Simple Guitar Chords for Beginners” an article published on fender.com by Mike Duffy.

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