Guitar Chords for Beginners

Basic guitar chords to get you playing

Guitar Chords for Beginners

In this article I’ll be displaying beginner guitar chords every beginner guitarist should know. No prior musical knowledge is required. Learning these chords will be a starting point to learning rhythm guitar and playing songs. However I do want to stress that it’s my belief that the guidance of an experienced teacher will be invaluable to your progress.

In this article I’ll be using Guitar Chord TAB to demonstrate how the guitar chords for beginners should be played. From the first diagram you will see how the guitar fretboard relates to Guitar TAB Chord diagrams. This will help you determine where to place your fingers

The Guitar and Guitar Chord TAB

You can see this diagram displays a grid pattern of strings (vertical lines) and frets (horizontal lines). This grid pattern closely reflects the actual guitar neck itself. For those of you having difficulties identifying string one and six of the guitar, string one of the guitar is the thinnest string and string 6 the thickest.

Guitar Chords for Beginners

A chord can be defined as a group of 3 or more different notes played together. Rock Chords or Power Chords are an exception to this. So, what are the Guitar Chords for Beginners? If you refer to the diagram below I’ve listed the most common open guitar chords for beginners that everyone learns when playing guitar. There are other open guitar chords however you’ll find these ones to be commonly used in a lot of songs. Once you’ve mastered these chords, learn some more and your next move will be to learn barre chords. You’re biggest challenge will be changing chords however I do have tips for that. If you want to progress on your own, a Rhythm Guitar text book I use and recommend to all my students is Progressive Rhythm Guitar by Gary Turner and Brenton White. It’s well structured and will teach you all facets of Rhythm Guitar.

Guitar Chords for Beginners Diagram

The numbers at the bottom of the chord diagram indicate which fingers to use. Finger one being your index finger. If you look at the Chord TAB diagram you should be able to work out which frets and which strings to place your fingers. If you have any questions or would like lessons on Guitar Chords for Beginners please get in touch