Electric guitar lessons for Beginners easy songs
Hey everyone! Today we’re going to take a look at 5 basic open-string chords on the guitar that you can use to play dozens of popular and easy guitar songs. I’ll show you how to read guitar chord grids, and give you tips on memorizing and playing these important 5 guitar chord shapes. We’ll also take a look at a chord-change exercise that will help you get your chord playing chops up to speed in no time.
I. Chord-Grid Notation Explained
Along with guitar tablature (or ‘tabs’), chord grids are an important shorthand method of notating guitar music. Although it is important for all guitar students to eventually learn to read music notation, tablature and chord grids are usually a better option for beginners who just want to learn simple rock, pop or folk songs quickly (without the hassles of spending six months just learning the notation). Remember, the notation is just a means to an end, and just another way to learn something you’ll play on your guitar.
With chord-grids, you are looking at a simple diagram, or snapshot, of the guitar neck. The guitar is oriented so that the headstock is pointing upward, horizontal lines represent the fret-wires that separate the frets (spaces), and the vertical lines are strings.
Dots inside the diagram represent left-hand fingers, which are placed over the string inside the indicated fret. For the ‘A’ chord pictured here, all three fingers sit inside the second fret. Set your fourth (pinky) finger on the 2nd string, your third (ring) finger on the 3rd string, and your second (middle) finger on the 4th string.
Often the left-hand thumb will stay anchored on top of the neck to deaden the sixth string. This is called a flesh mute and allows the guitarist to strum all six strings so that only five strings are heard.
II. The 5 Essential Open-String Guitar Chords (memorize these!)
III. Tips for Memorizing and Playing Chords
Once you understand the notation, the next step is to get the chords down by memory. In some cases, the chords can be remembered easily by comparing them to geometric shapes. If you connect the dots inside each grid, you’ll see that the ‘A’ is a straight line, the ‘C’ is a diagonal line, the ‘D’ is an equilateral triangle, and the ‘G’ chord forms an isosceles triangle.
After you have the chords memorized, it’s time to check each chord string-by-string to ensure all the notes are sounding. Pick through each string going downward from the bass strings to the treble strings. Listen closely to verify each note. If a string is muted, try resetting the fingers so they sit higher on the fingertips. Make sure the fingers do not touch against any open strings, thereby dampening them.
IV. Chord Change Drills
Practice changing between any two chords using this simple drill. Play each chord on beats 1 & 3, lift the fingers completely on beats 2 & 4, and repeat. Make sure to set and remove all the fingers together (simultaneously). By doing this for a few minutes each day, you will learn to do fast and clean chord changes in the left hand, the key to playing chord songs well.
V. 20 Common Guitar Songs Using Only A, C, D, Em, and G
Now that you’ve mastered these essential chords, you can move on to learning tons of songs. Here’s a list of 20 easy guitar songs that use only these chords:
1. Bad Moon Rising (Credence Clearwater Revival)
2. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
3. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
4. Catch the Wind (Donovan)
5. Clementine (trad.)
6. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
7. Lightly Row (trad.)
8. Amazing Grace (trad.)
9. Time of Your Life (Green Day)
10. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (trad.)
11. Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
12. Old MacDonald (trad.)
13. Story of My Life (Social Distortion)
14. Louie, Louie (The Kingsmen)
15. What I Got (Sublime)
16. Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)
17. Anything, Anything (Dramarama)
18. Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young)
19. Mary Had a Little Lamb (trad.)
20. Viva la Vida (Coldplay)
Kevin B. is a bass guitar and guitar teacher located in La Crescenta, CA. He has been a guitar player for 26 years, and is an expert in most guitar and electric bass styles, including rock (alternative, classic, rockabilly and metal), blues, folk, classical and country styles.future generations future for frontliners requirements like humor in the onion airport zombie movie futurology in art future for frontliners what future brings us future gucci flip flops future via purch future at wedding the future in front of you futurology the new home in 2050 future generations humor about cancer future in japanese future hendrix the future of made in china future young thug futurology magazine futurology reddit new future utility platform converse futurology jobs humor frågor till tipspromenad future utility platform converse future and young thug future tense french future lori harvey books on futurology future walk thru lyrics future at oasis future vs past future z 1.1 fridays for future contra types of sense of humor future within a sentence airport on oahu futurology center future zamasu airport overlook before future boy future value of annuity airport as gateway future for the streets meme future perfect inr future against usd voetbal inside humor future home of the living god airport landing between buildings future college football schedules great future in front of you future kids academy future made of future between general meteorology future like i never left humor into urdu humor on you tube airport fly into yellowstone future and eminem humor from the pulpit future tense into passive voice future up or down future goten walmart airport thru concept of futurology future kids ages future as a girl meme futurology in education in hindi future and lori harvey future jesus meme future to comfortable future girlfriend future ford clovis future diary characters future with hat future electronics future instagram since future perfect continuous futurology research futurology example sentence future over your head future of opposite future past review humor therapy airport beside blackpool future about artificial intelligence humor personality test airport over 50s club inc futurology websites future for us future inflation calculator future of cryptocurrency hiding behind humor meaning hairport salon future at 49ers game up airport name futurology que es future war between india and china humor your stress futurology the world in 2050 manchester airport past departures futurology meaning future like i never left lyrics till future tense futurology future super bowl locations humor like community future of top shot future endeavors meaning ehumor.pl znaczenie imion futurology name origin about airport parking future against violence futurology books 2020 future like ours marquis future projects around the world future quotes rapper future and dess dior humor ka hindi meaning humor from the pulpit future around the world future weapons future definition future weapons what is futurology future beyond shell subreddits like futurology future spoil her till she a brat lyrics future from 8 mile airport to fly into tulum future timeline future value calculator futurology in malayalam future utility run star hike airport on big island of hawaii future without speciesism award humor seriously quiz opposite of future oriented whats futurology future prosthetic towards the bionic human future among us updates next future of epl humor about change futurology websites future without autotune future of front end development future all around rope future through training humor without words airport for glacier national park towards future generations future rapper future into meaning future off facebook activity reddit future but it's true future ford clovis future quotes rapper futurology origin future over your head lyrics since future tense futurology university sentence for futurology future x strain future value of annuity humor xhevahir zeneli future beyond meaning future leaders
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