Learning chords is a bit difficult. At the same time, it is very important to enrich your chords vocabulary to improve – the visualization of the fretboard, guitar solos & overall musicality. So, in today’s article, we enlist some basic chords which you can start with, & some tricks to make the process effective.
What chords should I learn first on the acoustic guitar?
Almost everyone starts learning the guitar with a purpose, that is, they can play their favorite songs. To do so, you need to make a strong foundation on chords. Initially, you should not start with advanced or difficult chords. It will give you nothing but frustration. In the next, we make a list of basic chords that will solidify the foundation of guitar playing.
A major :
- It is wise to start learning with the A major as the maximum portion of A Maj located on the 2nd fret.
- For playing that you need to put your index finger on the fourth string, middle on the third & ring finger on the second string. As simple as that.
C major :
- This is one of the most widely used chords.
- It is the combination of C, G & E notes. You have to place the index, middle & ring fingers on a slanted pattern to play this chord.
- It stretches the third finger a bit. But progressively, you will be utilized to it.
D major :
- When you place your index finger on the second fret of the third string, middle on the second fret of the first string, ring finger on the third fret of the second string – it creates an optimistic and heartwarming sound.
- This creates the triangular-shaped D major.
E major :
- For playing E major, you need to play every string. Let me tell you how.
- You have to place your index finger on the first fret of the third string & middle finger on the second fret of the fifth string.
- After that, place your ring finger on the second fret of the fourth string.
- Now, pull them down & strum at an integrated pace.
- This one is a bit difficult compared to others. For doing this, you should keep your index finger on the first fret of the third string & middle finger on the second fret of the fifth string.
- Lastly, you need to put the ring finger on the second fret of the fourth string. Now strum!
- If you know how to play E major, then playing A minor will be a breeze for you.
- At first, you have to place the index finger on the first fret of the B note, middle finger on the second fret of your G string, & ring finger on the second fret of the D string.
- After that, pull them down from the A string & enjoy the sound.
- Playing the E minor is super easy, you just have to use your two fingers. Let’s know-how.
- At first, you have to place your middle finger on the fifth string of the second fret.
- Then, you need to place the ring finger on the fourth string of the second fret.
- That’s it. However, people often ask – can I use the index finger instead of the middle finger?
- Well, you shouldn’t. If you use the index finger, then it will be difficult for you to switch into C major, A minor, D major from E minor.
- People play it in different ways, we have described the easiest version here.
- You need to start with placing your index finger on the third string of the third fret & middle on the second string of the third fret.
- After that, you should place your ring finger on the first string of the third fret.
Here, we describe eight basic chords that are ideal to start your chord learning journey. Some other chords like B minor, C minor, D minor also fall under the basic chords category. You can either take the help of Google or YouTube to learn these chords effectively.
However, wherever you’re trying to master in i.g it could be related to academic subjects, songs, or chords, you should follow some strategies. In our next part, you will know some effective techniques that will help you to learn chords fast.
How Can I learn Guitar Chords Fast?
We will share some simple yet fruitful way to learn chords quickly. So, let’s jump into the points.
1)How should you practice :
- Suppose you choose the D major chord to start, then you should check the aforesaid information to know the process.
- Now repeat this process at least 10-15 times. During that time, you should place the fingers on frets & take away the fingers. And check whether your fingers are going to the right place automatically or not after withdrawal & placing the fingers.
- Now, it’s time to strum the chords for checking the sound. Don’t rush for perfection.
- If you find that the sound isn’t coming perfectly, try to readjust the finger & make the sound quality 70-80% correct.
- Remember, repetition is the key to learning the guitar chords faster.
2) Chords you should select next :
- You should choose a second chord that is usually played with the first chords.
- Now repeat the same procedure of #1 for practice.
3) Switch from one to another while practicing:
- First off, you should shift from one chord to another without thinking about the beats.
- When you acquire this step, then you should try to play in a steady pulse. For this, you can start with four strums on one chord & gradually shift to the next one.
- Bear in mind that you should change the chord slowly, else music may get stopped/paused while changing.
- Try to adopt the tempo little by little.
- After you learn to change chords every four strums, you should reduce it into two strums & again try to correct the tempo little by little.
This is all about our today’s topic regarding acoustic guitar chords. If we summarize the whole context, then the one word that will bump up is REPETITION. Then, you should try to play them with a song. If you don’t do that, then it will not get solidified in your mind.