A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Guitar Using 4 Main Chords

Do you still remember when you held the guitar for the first time? The experience of not being able to play anything must have abashed you! But it is all about the time you finally get to learn something. And if your motivation is lacking somewhere amidst the dilemma of being able and not being able, then here is a must-go-through lesson for learning guitar.

How about checking out some of the most functional guitar chords and start making a tune with them? That sounds like something you would love to do right? So, let’s start with the 4 major chords, or common chords for that matter, and see how fast you can learn them.

Guitar Chords

Learn These 4 Main Guitar Chords

So, the four common chords that we are speaking about for learning guitar are:-

  • G major – G
  • E minor – EM
  • C major – C
  • D major – D

Considering your presence, it is our assumption that you are attuned with the basics of Guitar, its strings and the chords. So, let’s jump in and learn to play these chords one by one.

Playing G Major Chord: 320003

Steps: Place your third finger on the third fret of the 1st string which is high E. Keeping that in place, use the first finger for the second fret of the A string and then extend your second finger on the third fret of the E string. To play the G major, you can now strum all six strings.

G Major Chord Diagram

Playing E Minor Chord: 022000

Steps:Using your second finger, press the fifth string of the second fret. Now, place your third or ring finger on the fourth string of the second fret. Play all these strings together and listen to E minor.

E Minor Chord Diagram

Playing C Major Chord: x32010

Steps: Place your third finger on the third fret of string A (5th string). Now place the second finger on the second fret of string D (4th string) and put the first finger on the first fret of string B (2nd string). To play the C major chord, strum the first five strings leaving the low E out.

C Major Chord Diagram

Playing D Major Chord: xx0232

Steps: Put your index (1st finger) finger on the third string of the second fret. Now, use your ring finger (3rd finger) to hold on to the second string of the third fret. Put the middle finger (2nd finger) on the first string and second fret, and strum all the strings leaving the fifth and sixth.

D Major Chord Diagram

Quick Tips for Playing Guitar Chords with Perfection

Learning Guitar is not a hectic task when you are in love with the instrument. However, certain tips will help you get your hands set faster on those strings and chords. So, while learning to play the guitar, you can follow these quick rules to turn things in your favor.

  • The main practice required while learning guitar is switching between the strings and frets. The more you learn the position of each fret and string, the better you will be.
  • The best way to learn transition is by playing the chord progression repeatedly.
  • Ensure that you use only the tips of your fingers for most of the chords to avoid interrupting buzz.
  • Visualize the chord or the shape of the chord before changing it.
  • Remember how each chord feels when they are under your finger. This will ensure your practice sessions are more productive.

To conclude, practicing how to play the guitar over and over again will help you learn this instrument flawlessly. Even if some of the lessons were taught days ago, you must keep practicing them while keeping up with the new lessons. Also, you can try playing your favorite songs on the guitar.

For instance, Music Pandit has several songs in the guitar course you can learn that will help you get the fundamentals right in terms of guitar playing. The song course will not only help you play with precision but as you keep following the tutorials you will develop better guitar skills and musicianship.

Individual songs can be purchased and practiced without paying for the entire course. A piece of advice while you learn, try and experiment to create a new tune every time. It will help you become more creative and who knows we will be listening to your song someday.


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