Easy Guitar Lessons

When you’re first starting out learning how to play the guitar, you should probably learn some easy guitar chords to start with. Pretty much all songs are made up of just a few chords. It might be surprising for you to know that many songs only have three or four chords! A chord is a combination of 3 or more notes played at the same time. They are played on the guitar by strumming the strings with a pick in most cases. You can also use your fingers but this is a more difficult technique (referred to as fingerstyle).

Some of the chords you will learn are C, D, E, G and A. These are played on either 4, 5 or 6 strings at the same time. If you search for ‘basic chords’ or ‘open chords’ on Google or YouTube you will find many good lessons on this topic. By learning just a few of these chords, you will be able to play complete songs very quickly. Along with the chords you need to learn how to strum the guitar with a pick. So you could search for ‘strumming patterns’ for example, or ‘how to strum the guitar’.

Some common challenges with learning chords are making each string ring clearly. Sometimes the curl of some fingers will touch a string so it won’t sound clearly. Also, chords take some hand and finger strength so it takes a lot to press your fingers on a few strings, especially on an acoustic guitar. Another common challenge is being able to switch chords quickly enough to keep up with a song. So even though you might find a few easy guitar lessons, it will still take some practice to play them properly.

Things you will probably want to avoid looking at when you search for easy guitar lessons are things such as guitar scales, bar chords, modes, theory, speed, and so on. Stick to the basics which are a few easy chords. Try to find a song you like that can be played by strumming a few chords. You could try Bob Dylan’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door, or Neil Young’s Heart of Gold, Jimmy Hendrix’ Hey Joe, or The Troggs’ Wild Thing. These are some easy songs to play, but will still take some practice.