The first thing a new guitarist must do is learn some basic guitar chords. It will feel like work at first, since pushing down the strings may be uncomfortable and produce some buzz. Memorize the shape and feel of each chord until they are second nature. The key is moving between them with ease. Try learning your favorite songs and find the shapes on your own. The process of exploration and fretboard discovery is what makes this instrument so much fun. Check out this starter batch and try to play them. Finding tabs to your favorite song helps one to practice and learn by repetition. Memorize a few shpes and you'll be equipped for years of enjoyable strumming in standard tuning and beyond
Q what are those little numbers there at the bottom?
A these show you what fingers to use!
1= index 2= middle 3= ring 4= pinky X= dont play
No Pain No Gain
For those new to learning the guitar, the fingers may hurt at first. Strings will buzz and you may struggle with pushing down those strings. Over time, they will strengthen and develop calluses. You must push through this initial phase and develop strength and agility with the fingers. As you memorize these guitar chords, try and switch back and forth between them. This will help tremendously in learning songs and advancing your gutiar playing technique. It's a process that even professionals can benefit from - fretting each chord so that it rings true. It's very important to be consistent with your practice of these tabs as it will increase confidence and help in moving on to more challenging concepts.
If you become bored with playing these chords, grab a different guitar in an alternate tuning. The chords above will sound off, but it will free you up and allow for some exploration. This is a trick for keeping this FUN and not too serious. When playing around with a different guitar in an open tuning, try and come up with your own chords. It will open up a whole new world of sounds and tones for your ears. Having an extra guitar for alternate tunings will keep things interesting and you musical curiousity at its peak.
When returning to standard tuning, you can use the same improvisational approach, but learning the basics is very imporant. Treat the guitar chords like jigsaw puzzle pieces and see which ones fit and lead to the next. Pick them apart. For example, pulling out the middle note in E chords and A chords create a more bluesy sound. This is how songs are written. Just trust your ears and avoid string buzzing - this comes from too little pressure when pushing down the guitar chords. The chord should sound clean and uniform when played, so work on strengthening those fingers and keep the fun levels high. Once these chords feel easy to play, try and jam with others.
Already mastered these chords? Now head over to Guitar Chords 2 and try to play some more!