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Guitar Chords For Beginners: 7 Simple Guitar Chords You Should Learn On Guitar

There are literally thousands upon thousands of different guitar chords you can learn and play on the guitar. But which chords should you begin learning first?

Fortunately there are only a handful of chords that I use, that make up the majority of the songs I play on the guitar. So If you’re just getting started on the guitar, then here are my 7 simple guitar chords for beginners you should begin learning first:

  1. E Major
  2. E Minor
  3. A Major
  4. D Major
  5. C Major
  6. G Major
  7. A Minor

In this post not only will I be teaching you how to play those 7 chords step by step, I’ll also share with you 5 easy guitar songs you can play using the chords taught in this post.

So without further ado, here’s our first chord which is the…

1. E Major Chord

Step #1: Place your 2nd finger on the 5th string in the 2nd fret

Step #2: Place your 3rd finger on the 4th string in the 2nd fret

Step #3: Place your 1st finger on the 3rd string in the 1st fret

When strumming this chord, you can strum all six strings.

2. E Minor Chord

Step #1: Place your 2nd finger on the 5th string in the 2nd fret

Step #2: Place your 3rd finger on the 4th string in the 2nd fret

When strumming this chord, you can strum all six strings.

3. A Major Chord

Variation 1

Step #1: Place your 2nd finger on the 4th string in the 2nd fret

Step #2: Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd string in the 2nd fret

Step #3: Place your 4th finger on the 2nd string in the 2nd fret

When strumming this chord, you strum strings one through five, meaning you DO NOT play the 6th string (low e) string in this chord.

Variation 2

Step #1: Place your 1st finger on the 4th string in the 2nd fret

Step #2: Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd string in the 2nd fret

Step #3: Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd string in the 2nd fret

When strumming this chord, you strum strings one through five, meaning you DO NOT play the 6th string (low e) string in this chord.

Variation 3

Step #1: Lay your index finger across the 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings in the 2nd fret.

When strumming this chord, you strum strings one through five, meaning you DO NOT play the 6th string (low e) string in this chord.

Please Note: When using Variation 3 to play the A major chord, you will probably mute the 1st (high e)  string when getting started. Don’t worry about it too much, as I generally use this variation when playing heavier rock songs.

4. D Major Chord

Step #1: Place your 1st finger on the 3rd string in the 2nd fret

Step #2: Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd string in the 3rd fret

Step #3: Place your 2nd finger on the 1st string in the 2nd  fret

When strumming this chord, you strum strings one through four. Meaning you DO NOT play the 5th and 6th (low e) strings in this chord.

5. C Major Chord

Step #1: Place your 3rd finger on the 5th string in the 3rd fret

Step #2: Place your 2nd finger on the 4th string in the 2nd fret

Step #3: Place your 1st finger on the 2nd string in the 1st  fret

When strumming this chord, you strum strings one through five. Meaning you DO NOT play the 6th (low e) string in this chord.

6. G Major Chord

Step #1: Place your 3rd finger on the 6th string in the 3rd fret

Step #2: Place your 1st finger on the 5th string in the 2nd fret

Step #3: Place your 3rd finger on the 1st (high e) string in the 3rd  fret

When strumming this chord, you can strum all six strings.

7. A Minor Chord

The beauty of the A minor chord ,is that if you can play the e major chord, all you need to do is move your hand down 1 string and you’ll be able to play this chord too J

Step #1: Place your 2nd finger on the 4th string in the 2nd fret

Step #2: Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd string in the 2nd fret

Step #3: Place your 1st finger on the 2nd string in the 1st fret

When strumming this chord, you strum strings one through five, meaning you DO NOT play the 6th string (low e) string in this chord.

Bonus Chord: F Major Chord

I wanted to add the F Major chord as part of the seven must know chords. But due to its difficulty in learning when getting started, I decided to include it as a bonus chord instead.

It does take some time to get the hang of this chord, but once you do, the number of new songs you’ll be able to play greatly increase.

Step #1: Place your 3rd finger on the 4th string in the 3rd fret

Step #2: Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd string in the 2nd fret

Step #3: Lay your 1st finger across strings 1 & 2 in the first fret

When strumming this chord, you strum strings one through four. Meaning you DO NOT play the 5th and 6th (low e) strings in this chord.

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