So you’ve decided that you want to learn to play guitar. Perfect, let me help you out with that. I’m going to teach you the first three basic chords that you should learn and show you how to do that on the guitar.
Really quite simple, a couple of things you need to know first one is the three chords we’re going to learn are D G and A. Once you’ve learnt those three chords you will be able to play a whole heap of songs and you only need to learn two more chords after that and you can play most songs or nearly.
The next thing to learn though before we go into how to play those chords is learning the names for the strings. When I say the names of them, we’re just going to learn the numbers for them to save you having to learn all the theory and everything about guitar yet because you can leave that for another day.
So first things first, the strings are numbered from the thinnest string to the thickest string numbered one two three four five and six. So that again, thinnest one thinnest string is one thickest string is number six. These things along here are called frets and it’s actually the metal bar that goes along there that’s actually called the fret that’s what the fret is but when we’re playing guitar and we say first fret what we mean is to put your finger in the first space between the nut which is this part here and the first fret. And the third part to learn is that your fingers on your left hand, if you’re left-handed, are numbered one two three and four so we’re going to start learning our first chord straight away. To do that we take our first finger and we move it to the third string so we go one two three third string and we put it in the second fret. So first finger third string second fret one two so get that one in place next is your second finger and your second finger goes right down on the first string which is the thinnest string way down the bottom still in the second fret as well so both fingers fit in the second fret.
Now a thing to remember to make your guitar playing easier is to always slide your fingers to the front edge of the fret so up close to the actual fret itself and that will that will change this sort of buzzing sound to a nice clean note. So we’ve got our first two fingers in place our third finger all it has to do is go on the string in between the two, so that’s on the second string string number two in the third fret and that’s where our third finger goes and that is a chord called a D chord and I’ll show you here what it looks like on a chord diagram.
Don’t worry too much about the chord diagram yet just see if you can match it up as you as you’re comparing where your fingers go and what a chord diagram looks like. Now the idea is to play this chord which is a D chord to play it use your thumb start on the fourth string and all you need to do is slide down one at a time brushing across each string just like that so have a go here we go one two three four one two three four just like that and there’s your first chord that’s a D
Well done, I told you it was going to be really easy. So that’s a D chord. Take your fingers off we’re going to put our fingers back on again first finger on the one two third string inside the second fret, second finger on the first string the very thinnest string in the second fret as well, slide them forward, third finger will go on the second string one two second string in the third fret and we play our D chord two three four one two three four just like that, easy.
Now we’re going to go to a G chord which is our second chord. To go to a G chord all I’d like you to do is move your third finger down one string, got that, third finger down one string, take your second finger and that’s still in the third fret, your
second finger will go all the way over here, this is called the stretchy chord so you need to stretch all the way across so you’ve got this finger here down the bottom your third finger, your second finger stretches right across to the now the third fret, so it’s one two three across now. So look here one two three third fret and on the sixth string and then your first finger you can lift that up now as well so you should see you’ve got your two fingers two and three stretched right across on the two on the thickest and the thinnest string in the third fret your first finger just has to go on the second fret fifth string so just below this finger it goes in there second fret on string number five and that is a G chord.
Nice and easy let’s try and strum two three four one two three four one two three four. Now before your fingers start
to hurt too much let’s quickly have a go at our A chord which is chord number three. To do an A chord take your other two
fingers off move this finger here your first finger down one string and then all you have to do is drop your other three fingers you squish them in on all the other strings below so that they cover the strings four three and two all squashed into the second fret so this is called a squashy chord or an A chord. So you now have all your fingers squashed in together.
For an A chord we only strum with our starting with our thumb on the fifth string and down now this one’s a bit tricky because the thing you’ve got to be careful of with an A chord is that you don’t touch this string down the bottom with this finger so that finger there shouldn’t be touching that string down the bottom that thin string, which is string number one.
So that’s an A chord if we take our fingers off we can put them back on an A chord again. To do that, first finger goes on there one two three fourth string, second finger goes on the third string, third finger goes on the second string all squashed into the second fret so all squashed in together, there’s our squashy chord or chord A two three four so your turn here we go two three four one two three four. There you go you’ve now learned your three first chords D G and A.
If you need to go back through it just rewind go back and play it again as many times as you need to so you can practice
playing those three chords. Once you’ve got those three chords search on Google chords with songs with the chords D G
and A in them and you’ll find a whole heap of songs there that you can play. So remember D G and of course an A chord.
Good luck now if you do need to learn how to play guitar and you’d like some more lessons that are a lot more detailed and teach you a lot more of a lot more about other chords feel free click on the link down the bottom and there’s some some free lessons there for you.