Beginner Guitar Chord Charts
Learning to play the guitar for the first time or refreshing your knowledge can be difficult at times. The beginner guitar chord charts page will help give you a firm foundation on reading simple chord diagrams and provide you with some simple chords to work on.
The X's represent strings not to be played O's are for strings to let ring open. All the dots have a number representing a finger.
1 = index finger, 2 = middle finger, 3 = ring finger, 4 = pinky finger
The strings are represented in the order of E,A,D,G,B,E
While playing the chord check to see how you did. While holding the chord down with your fretting hand, play each string one at a time starting with the 5th string for the C chord. Listen to make sure each note rings out clearly. If you notice buzzing or a muted sound study your hand to see what is stopping the note from ringing. One of your fingers may be touching another string it's not supposed to? Maybe you just need to press down a little firmer. If you're having trouble take your time and be patient as it may take some time to develop your hand strength.
Below are some easy chords to get started with. Work at a slow pace making sure your fingers are in the proper location. Hit each string individually in the chord shape making sure that the note rings clearly without buzzing. It may take a while to cleanly play the chord as you build up your hand strength so don't get frustrated. Persistence is the key. Keep working on the following shapes and when you feel comfortable try moving on to some new chords found on the
basic guitar chord charts page.
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