8 Guitar Chords You Must Know Beginner Guitar Lessons
Hey I'm Nate Savage. In this lesson I'm goingto teach you eight guitar chords that you must know if you're a guitar player. Now,if you already know these chords that's fine, but stick around, I'm gonna be giving sometips on making your chords sound great and clean, and your chord transitions sound smoothtoo. Now, I believe it was the great Chet Atkinsthat said quot;I never made a dime above fivequot;, and he was referring to the fifth fret onthat. And one of the things he was talking about when he said that was open chords, hewas referring to open chords. And Chet Atkins being the virtuoso that he was, him sayingthat quot;I never made a dime above fivequot; is awesome
because it should tell you the importanceof these open chords that we're going to learn in this lesson. They're really important foryour career as a guitarist. The eight chords we're going to be tacklingin this lesson are: G major C major D major F major E major A major
E minor and A minor. You may be saying, quot;Nate that's a lot of chords, there's no way I could rememberthis in one lessonquot;. Don't worry about that. Space these out over a few weeks or even afew months, take them at your own pace. So let's get started with a G major chord.Bring your hand up to the guitar and pretend like you're holding an apple or something.That's a good posture to think about when you're making chords. Come put your thumbon the back of the neck right there, and just
relax. Make sure to relax when you're doingall of these. You shouldn't have a lot of excess tension in your hand. Now, when youare making this G major chord you can use either the first, second and third fingers,or you can use the second, third and fourth fingers. I would really really encourage youto use the second, third and fourth fingers. I'll show you later why, but for now try itwith the second, third and fourth. If it's too hard for you for right now you can usethe first, second and third. Okay, come and put your third finger on thethird fret of the low E string, and you'll want to notice a couple of things. I'm comingright down on the very tip of my finger. I'm
not being lazy and letting my finger hangover like this. That's a really important part of making chords. You want to come rightdown on the very tip of your finger. You'll also want to notice that my finger is rightbehind the fret wire right here. So those two things. Come right down on the very tipof your finger, and try to come right behind the frets too. So that's your first note. The second note, the second finger on thesecond fret of the A string right there. Again, the very tip of your finger. Now your pinkyis going to come grab the third fret of the high E string, right behind the fret, righton the tip of your finger. Strum all six strings.
And like I said, you can make this with yourfirst, second and third fingers if that's too hard for you, but I would really encourageyou to use your second, third and fourth fingers. Alright, let's move on to the C major chord,and one tip I want to give you here is don't kink your wrist too far this way when you'remaking when you're making chords. That can hurt after a while. So, I mean my wrist isn'tgoing to be perfectly straight, it's going to be a little bit bent, but don't kink ittoo far, otherwise it might start hurting you.So let's learn this C major chord. This is a great chord to let you know if you're comingdown on the very tips of your fingers, and
Play 10 Songs With 4 Chords Free Guitar Lessons
Hey I'm Nate Savage and you know, one of thebest things about the guitar is you can learn just a handful of chords and you can literallyplay hundreds of the best songs that were ever written. In the case of this lesson,I'm going to teach your four chords that you can use to play ten songs. First of all let's learn the chords that we'regoing to be using in this lesson. The first one is a G major, second one is a C major,third one is a D major, and the last one is an E minor. Okay, let's start with the G majorchord. Put your third finger on the third fret of the low E string, second finger isgoing to go on the second fret of the A string,
and your pinky finger is going to grab thethird fret of the high E string. And you can strum all six strings. Now one thing you're going to want to rememberwhen you're making these chords is come right down on your fingertips, on the very tipsof your fingers, and try to stay right behind the fret. Keep you fingers as close to behindthe fret as possible. That way you can ensure a good sound without any buzzing. Next chord, a C major. Let's take our thirdfinger and put it on the third fret of the A string, second finger is going to go onthe second fret of the D string, and your
first finger is going to come back here andgrab the first fret of the B string. Make sure to come down on the very tips of yourfingers for this chord. If you don't you will definitely notice it. Check it out. Strumthe top five strings, leave the low E string out. Watch this little change right here.If I just let my fingers get a little lazy that's going to sound terrible, so make sureto come right down on your fingertips. Next chord, D major chord, open D major. Putyour first finger on the second fret of the G string, or the third string, third fingerthird fret of the B string, second finger second fret of the high E string. Now leavethe sixth and fifth strings out, and just
strum the top four strings there. Alright, the last chord for you is just aregular E minor chord. Put your second finger on the second fret of the A string and yourthird finger on the second fret of the D string, and you can strum all six strings with thischord. Now that I've showed you those chords thatwe're going to be using let's just talk about strumming really quick in the context of thislesson. I'm going to keep things really really simple for your strumming hand or your righthand. That way you can focus on learning the songs and getting the chord changes for thesong smooth.
Alright let's get down to business here andlearn a song that uses these chords. We're gonna learn probably one of the most populartunes of all time, song by The Beatles called Let It Be. Maybe you've heard of it. Um, let's go put our G major chord on here,and I'm gonna do this in groups of two strums for your right hand just so you know. So,the verse of this tune, just strum G twice. And then go to a D. Strum that twice. E minortwice. And go to a C twice. Back to a G, a D, a C, and then back to a G one more time.And that's pretty much the entire verse to the song. It just goes through that wholeprogression twice. Let me play that progression
for you uninterrupted so you can hear whatit sounds like. So that's the verse of the tune Let It Be,and let's get to the chorus now. The chorus goes to an E minor twice, a D, C, G, stayon a G and do that two more times, go to a D, a C, and then finally end up on a G. Solet me play the entire chorus for you real quick. So as you can see, you can get through thatentire song using just these four chords. There are some walkdowns and stuff in there,but like I said we're keeping things real simple for your right hand. Um, another songthat uses almost exclusively those four chords