The first guitar chords you should learn: G, D, Em, C
► WORKSHEET for this lesson available in my FREE E-BOOK!
Learn the easiest chords to play on guitar and unlock the ability to play 1000s of songs… songs using these 4 beginner guitar chords:
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton: https://youtu.be/IArCM4eQO8I
Zombie – The Cranberries: Coming soon!
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd: https://youtu.be/R18aaIG67_c
Wagon Wheel: https://youtu.be/iTsNvSWddh8
Perfect – Ed Sheeran: https://youtu.be/XuLLpjOLUTA
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison: https://youtu.be/g_Tj_yIpJZ0
Viva La Vida – Coldplay: https://youtu.be/P5YUwwTd0I4
Little Talks: https://youtu.be/6lSjaGJ7eJI
Good Riddance Time of Your Life – Green Day: https://youtu.be/GUvMMnwBl3g
Hey Ya – Outkast: https://youtu.be/q6m7vnwVSqw
Wonderwall – Oasis: https://youtu.be/7OomtGdzwtM
Hey Soul Sister – Train: https://youtu.be/eQBUKkqqiww
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz: https://youtu.be/W00YYSBOrOc
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley: https://youtu.be/3CrEfb93O3Q
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman: https://youtu.be/nlGoESChsn0
Stand By Me – Ben E. King: https://youtu.be/TXLElO_YYiY
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift: https://youtu.be/EPNfsgShPlk
Country Roads – John Denver: https://youtu.be/2fQAb7uLA-U
When I Come Around – Green Day: Coming soon!
► Need help with the basic chords and strumming? My beginner guitar course will help you build a solid foundation one step at a time:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
0:00 – Demonstration
0:25 – Why you should learn these 4 easy shapes
1:46 – Essential technique that makes this very easy
2:36 – Easy way to play D chord
3:43 – Easy way to play G chord
4:47 – Switching from G to D smoothly
6:47 – Easy way to play Em chord
7:56 – Switching from D to Em smoothly
8:44 – Easy way to play C chord
10:04 – Switching from Em to C smoothly
10:50 – Switching from C to G smoothly
11:37 – Practice the easiest chord progression on guitar
13:36 – Add some strumming
15:44 – Play TONS of songs!
17:05 – Farewell message
We begin with the core of this entire progression. We need to place our 3rd and 4th fingers on the top 2 strings at the 3rd fret. They will stay there for every single chord shape and provide you a “pivot point” that will make switching as easy as possible.
Next we add our first finger, and play the D chord easily. This is followed by the G chord, which uses our middle finger. With 2 shapes, we can practice switching, which is really the essential skill you need to play rhythm guitar. It only takes these 2 shapes, and we can already play a full song (What I Got by Sublime).
We repeat the process for the Em and C chords, practicing the switch between each shape and then putting our entire progression together. We practice switching gradually and add simple rhythm, followed by a useful strumming pattern.
With just those 4 shapes and a simple pattern, you are ready to play TONS of hit songs. We go over a few simple ones before concluding the lesson.
If you would like a printable pdf copy of the worksheet, please check out my free eBook: https://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/
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