Guitar Chords for Beginners

Easy guitar chords to get you playing

Guitar Chords for Beginners

Below are beginner guitar chords that every beginner guitarist should know and no prior musical knowledge is required. Learning these easy guitar chords will be a visual exercise and may be a starting point to learning rhythm guitar and playing songs.

I’ll be using the Guitar Neck and Guitar Chord Diagrams below to demonstrate how theses guitar chords for beginners should be played.

The first diagram represents the Guitar Neck (fretboard) which directly relates to Guitar Chord diagram. The guitar neck itself acts as a map which will help you determine where to place your fingers on the fretboard to form the chords.

The Guitar Neck

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 and only represents the first four frets of the guitar.

For those of you having difficulties identifying string one and six of the guitar, string one of the guitar is the thinnest string and sounds high while string 6 the thickest and sounds low.

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 when playing songs 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.

How to use the Easy Guitar Chord Diagram

The numbers at the bottom of the chord diagram indicate which fingers to use. Finger one being your index finger and so forth.

If you look at the guitar neck diagram you should be able to work out which frets and which strings to place your fingers. All easy guitar chords in this diagram start from fret 1.

In conclusion, if you have any questions or would like to learn more easy chords then please get in touch