The final step when
learning to play the guitar is playing chords. This is the certainly
the most satisfying element in learning to play guitar because a
beginner will already be playing music with the instrument. Playing
a chord simply means striking simultaneously at least two or three
strings on the guitar.
To play chords, a beginner
can start with the three most common chords -- G major, C major and
D major. These are the easiest chords to play and should be
When playing a G major
chord, place your second finger on the sixth string of the third
fret. Then place your first finger on the fifth string of the second
fret. The third finger is then placed on the third fret of the first
It's important to remember that your
fingers should be curled and shouldn't be touching any other strings
that shouldn't be touched.
You can then strike all six
strings in one continuous strum with the sound coming all at once
and not one string at a time.
In playing a C major key,
all you can do is place the third finger on the third fret of the
fifth string. Then, the second finger may be placed on the second
fret of the fourth string.
You can then place the
first finger on the first fret of the second string.
It's important to be careful
and not to hit the sixth string. Only the bottom five strings should
be strummed when playing a C major key.
A D major key may be
difficult for some beginners because all three fingers crowd into a
small area of the fret board. A beginner can put their first finger
on the third string of the fourth fret.
Then place the third finger
on the second string of the third fret. Finally, put the second
finger on the first string of the second fret and then strum the
four bottom strings to play a D major key.
It's important to be
familiar with these three basic chords before starting to learn the
more complicated ones, as these are the chords commonly used to play
Start learning by choosing
songs that only have these chords. Practice and remember, it's by
practicing that will enable you to master playing chords with the