You Are New To Playing The Guitar, Where Do You Begin?
You just bought yourself a guitar and now you want to learn how to play. Where do you start? What are The Most important chords you need to know in order to strum a few songs? As a beginner, you must start at the beginning and slowly climb that set of building blocks. Chords are considered the harmony, and strumming your guitar is the rhythm, adding in someone who sings and you have a melody. Put these together and you will have music.
The first chords each beginner learns are remembered easily by the word CAGED. Yes, that is: C-A-G-E-D, and the next three are Am-Em-Dm. These chords will give you a seemingly endless playlist once you master them.
There are a few tips to remember that will help you on this journey.
Press the guitar strings with just the tips of your fingers
Bend the three knuckles as you press the strings sturdily.
Be sure to not touch the string below
Rest your thumb gently on the back side of the guitar neck
Practice daily, checking to verify that each chord is coming out clearly. As soon as you feel comfortable being able to switch between these three chords, G,C, and D; you can being learning some three chord songs, and as you find yourself more comfortable you can move on to four chord songs.
Some of the top songs such as You’re Beautiful by James Blunt,, With or Without You by U2 and She will be loved by Maroon 5, are all played using just these four chords, G,D, Em and C.
There are tons of songs to learn that use that chord succession. These few tips will have you well on your way to playing guitar like a professional musician.
There are number chord diagrams to look at that will aid you in learning. The numbers on those diagrams match up with your fingers.
1 is the index finger
2 will be the middle finger
3 is the ring finger
4 is the pinky finger
Learn and memorize all eight chords thoroughly to build your abilities. Be sure to practice daily and listen to the sounds as you practice. Listen for clarity, be sure that you are not muting by touching any other string.
As you feel more confident in your chords and abilities, you can research and find songs to play that will get you excited to keep playing and to continue learning some of the more difficult chords and methods to guitar playing.
Think of how you will amaze family and friends when you are able to play just a small set of chords and be able to play the songs that so many people know and love.
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