How to Play Guitar: Basic Chords

The following lesson is for all beginner level guitarists who are serious in committing to playing guitar. If you want to just impress your friends, play as a hobby, or pursue a life long career.

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How to Play Guitar: Basic Chords
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What you want to do is grab your guitar (it doesn't matter what brand or model, just as long as it has 6 strings is what matters) and plug into your amp (if you have an electric or acoustic-electric.

What you want to do is grab your guitar (it doesn't matter what brand or model, just as long as it has 6 strings is what matters) and plug into your amp (if you have an electric or acoustic-electric.

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Assuming you have a guitar strap on, you want to make sure that it makes your guitar sit comfortably and perfectly aligned with your torso. Especially if you are sitting down in a stool.

Assuming you have a guitar strap on, you want to make sure that it makes your guitar sit comfortably and perfectly aligned with your torso. Especially if you are sitting down in a stool.

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After you're done tuning the guitar to E Standard (E A D G B E) the first, and most popular guitar chord you will play is the G chord (as pictured). You will strum the bottom 4 strings with your…

After you're done tuning the guitar to E Standard (E A D G B E) the first, and most popular guitar chord you will play is the G chord (as pictured). You will strum the bottom 4 strings with your…

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Ring finger on the 3rd fret of the last string, and it should sound how it does in the video. If you hear a buzzing noise or all of the strings you hit don't make sound you are creating dead notes.

Ring finger on the 3rd fret of the last string, and it should sound how it does in the video. If you hear a buzzing noise or all of the strings you hit don't make sound you are creating dead notes.

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As a beginner you may place your fingers in unorthodox ways, and that's okay. If you practice finger placement for at least 5 minutes before you play you should be fine.

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Now moving on to the C chord. You will start with your ring finger on the third fret of the second string, your middle finger on the second fret on the third string, the fourth string will be open and

Now moving on to the C chord. You will start with your ring finger on the third fret of the second string, your middle finger on the second fret on the third string, the fourth string will be open and

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Your index finger on the first fret of the 5th string.

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This is much easier to play. For this version you play the bottom 3 strings. String 4 is open, your index finger on the first fret of String 5. And String 6 will be played open as well

This is much easier to play. For this version you play the bottom 3 strings. String 4 is open, your index finger on the first fret of String 5. And String 6 will be played open as well

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Both versions of the C chord should sound like this

Both versions of the C chord should sound like this

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The last chord to play in this guide is the D chord. It's more involved than that of the C and G chords. Start with the four bottom strings. Play an open 3rd string, 2nd fret on the 4th, 3rd fret on…

The last chord to play in this guide is the D chord. It's more involved than that of the C and G chords. Start with the four bottom strings. Play an open 3rd string, 2nd fret on the 4th, 3rd fret on…

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String 5, and 2nd fret of the last string. Make sure that all of the notes come out very clear and that your fingers are not in the way of each other

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And it should sound like this

And it should sound like this

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And this is a recap of all of the chords in the guide. Thank you for viewing, I hope it helped and expect more helpful guides on learning to play guitar and the technology behind it.

And this is a recap of all of the chords in the guide. Thank you for viewing, I hope it helped and expect more helpful guides on learning to play guitar and the technology behind it.

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