Acoustic Guitar Chords Give You Choices

E minor chord

Let's start acoustic guitar chords with just two fingers. Not only might this be the easiest chord to play, it also sounds nice.

To start, remember your middle finger is really number 2 in tab and chord diagrams. That's because the thumb is mostly optional when it comes to playing chords.

Place your 2nd finger on the A string, (2nd thickest), 2nd fret. Then place your 3rd finger on the D string 2nd fret. Strum slowly in order to hear each note. Make sure there is no buzzing.

A minor chord

Next is the A minor chord. This chord is common in songs written in the key of C.

Notice how similar it is to the C chord – the difference being your 2nd and 3rd fingers move over one string away from the low E string.

Try it out, It sounds great on guitar just like the Em chord. This is because of the arrangement of the strings and overtones of the intervals of the chord played in first position – like the picture.

The C chord is next. Notice how similar it looks to the A minor chord. It has one important difference. Your 3rd finger, next to your pinkie has to stretch instead of being tucked behind like in the A minor chord.

This chord will take some time to play without any buzzing but will quickly add to the number of songs you can play.

F chord

The F chord is a step up in terms of difficulty. This is because your first finger must play two strings on the first fret. Both the B and E strings first frets must be played by your first finger. This produces notes C and F.

If this takes longer to learn than the first two chords, don't worry. That is normal. Your hand must be strengthened to hold two strings down with one finger.

Refer to the picture of the chord and strum slowly keeping an ear out for that top string. Make sure it does not buzz.

G chord

Here it is - the G chord. After learning to play this chord, you will have all you need to play hundreds if not thousands of songs.

Notice the fingering for this chord. There are other ways to play this chord, but I recommend using the fourth finger. This is because it leaves your other fingers free as you advance to play other chords, passing tones, or fills.

It may take a little more time now but will make it easier to improve later.

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