How to Play Guitar: Learning Guitar Chords

In learning how to play the guitar, a beginner should be familiarized with different chord patterns and how to play them correctly. This guide will help you learn about basic chords and the CAGED Fret board system. First, let's define what chords are; they are 3 or more notes played simultaniously. They fall under two main categories, major and minor. There are 5 primary major chord patterns in playing the guitar; C, A, G, E, and D. Chord patterns, scales and arpeggios come from this 5 basic chord patterns that is why it is called the CAGED Fret board system. All other chords, scales and arpeggios can be assembled under these 5 basic patterns. Understanding them will help you become a skilled musician.

Now lets look at the basic open position guitar chords. An open position means that it contains one open string. Below are the first chords that beginners need to learn. The E major is probably the first chord you should learn. It is easy to play and very useful. The C chord or C major is another chord that is usually used in songs. You need to strum the highest sounding 5 strings in playing this chord. Another minor chord is the A major, this has two fingers in common with C chord. Another is the G major or G chord which has two fingerings. The more useful one is using the pointer finger on the second string, third finger on the first string and the fourth finger on the sixth string. This is the recommended fingering because it is easier to change to the C chord. Another chord is the D chord where the pointer finger is on the fourth string, the second finger is on the sixth string and the third finger is on the fifth string. The E chord has the same fingering as the A major chord only moved to the 5th, 4th and 3rd strings. It is also like the E major only adding your first finger on the first fret of the 3rd string. The other important minor and major chords are Gm, Dm, Cm, and A.

Mastering these chords is an essential part in learning how to play the guitar. One must be patient and determined to practice the chords individually until the fingers are familiarized with the various positioning, when playing the chords, you must make sure that the all the strings are strummed. Practice switching between chords to keep your beat.

Once you've practiced the chords have a friend or family member test you. They can call out a chord for you to play and then check online or in a guitar lesson book to assess whether or not you strummed the chord correctly. It also helps to have feedback on how your chords sound. Are they harmonious? Too loud or too quiet? Do not shy away from constructive criticism. If you take these points to heart you will successfully learn how to play the guitar in no time at all!

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