Want to learn how to play the guitar? The basics are not that hard. With just a few basic guitar chords under your belt, you’ll be able to get going. Here are the most essentials chords you should know.

Basic guitar chords are chords such as C, F and D. These are the chords you should be taught first. The finger placement is fairly easy and straightforward. They are all played at the very first fret of the guitar. These chords are among the most used chords in music so be sure to get these down and you are well on your way to becoming the guitarist you’ve always aspired to be.

C Chord

This one is probably the most common chord of all time. The C chord. It’s the C, E  and G notes from the C scale. Just like in, the F chord, your 2nd and 3rd fingers should be creating a staircase-like shape. This one can be hard to learn at first but once you get it down it will be worth it.

F Chord

As the C chord, the F chord uses a related shape. However, instead of having the G string open, you should hold on to the 2nd fret using your 2nd finger, and your 3rd finger should be on the 3rd fret of the D string. When you know both of these then moving between C and F chords is the first chord switch you can learn since the 1st finger is in the same position on both chords.

D Chord

D uses a little different chord shape. You should think about the D chord as a triangle. Put your first two fingers on the 2nd frets of the G and the high E string, then have your middle finger hold down the 3rd fret of the B string.

Now you know the three most basic guitar chords! Well done!

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