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Learn Guitar Chords

Updated on April 18, 2011

Learning guitar chords - Practice.


If you really want to know how to learn guitar chords,there is no real shortcut to regular daily practice. I here you say there must be easier ways than actually working at it. Well here's the thing - the more you do something the better you get at it. Don't give up on it. OK you've practiced that chord every day for a whole week and you still can't quite git it down. Well this is when most people give up and are distracted by the easy way out. Just keep at it it will come.

The key to getting the tune to flow is learning how move from one chord to the next on the fretboard. The trick here is seeing or visualizing in your mind how you can best do this. What finger goes where and just how you will do that particular move.

Improving your finger moves.

Pick easy Chords to get started.

Take it a step at a time.Do the easy things first.Some easy chords to get started on for example - G to A, E to A, D to G. Master these then move on to slightly more difficult chords.

A good way to learn is changing from one guitar chord to the next chord. Practice this and you will see great progress in your confidence and your playing ability.


When strumming,using your fingers to change chords and pressing the string onto the fretboard, all involves using your fingers. So to build up strength in your fingers,small finger weights can be used to build up there strength. Wide scale exercises, pressing on the board and finger push ups, all help.

Practice makes perfect.

Your aim should be to reach a stage where You really should be able to change from any open chord to any other open chord without looking. Try learning by closing your eyes,even using a blindfold,whatever works for you.Looking where your fingers are when you start is quite natural but then try not to look so much as time goes on. Eventually you should be able to change chords without looking.

Bad Habits that should be avoided.

  • Practicing just one chord at a time.

Easy mistake to make but quite natural. By practicing three chords and moving from one to the next is much more beneficial and starts to make you feel more at home with the guitar. Your brain wakes up and takes note of what's happening.Your really starting to learn now.

  • Lets see that pinky!

This is a bit strange but your fingers should always be just above the fretboard,just hovering when they are not been used.Many people seem to hide the little finger out of sight - not good. Why? Here's an example. When you form a D chord,your little pinky should be somewhere over the high E or B string. Don't tuck it out of sight. Learning more advanced chords will be much easier too later on.

  • Where to start strumming or picking from.

We talking here about the root note.That means the root of that particular chord. Example:- With an E chords root note is an E chord which is played as the open low E string. That is, start strumming or picking from that note.

Rounding off.

Ears and eyes.

Seeing how a professional changes chord is fine. Take note,see how they do that and hear , I repeat HEAR, how how it sounds. After all its music we are trying to make. That's what people hear. Look at your music sheet,photo video or whatever but get a feeling how it should sound. The sound is all important. Use all your senses to play as well as you can. Practice it and steady improvement will be the result.

If you want to go further try this guitar teaching course - Jamorama guitar learning course.

Hope you have a great time learning to play the guitar.

The 'A' guitar chords

Learn Guitar Chords:-'A' guitar chords examples
Learn Guitar Chords:-'A' guitar chords examples

Use the chord chart below to find the chord you are looking for.

Learn Guitar Chords:- Chord Chart
Learn Guitar Chords:- Chord Chart


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  • stratocarter profile image


    7 years ago

    Great Chord Chart!

    Thank you!

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    lester dsouza 

    7 years ago

    thanks for everything. this chart will be useful for my future.

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    7 years ago

    Very simple and true. I started last week, and I am already changing my major chords for G C D E. Love the strumming patterns which are available on youtube. Videos from Marty Schwartz are helpful on practicing a song. Videos from David: for strumming. He is awesome. I also set a goal to at least pick my guitar for 10 mins a day to play.. it really helps. Try it out guys, and don't give up.

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    8 years ago

    nice job i still don't get it

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    8 years ago

    WoW!cool chords bru,loving it,hope to see some more

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    8 years ago

    i want to learn guitar but im not understand how to read a chords...that's my big problem..

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    8 years ago

    this is really the best way for learner's .. chart is amazing

  • Easy Guitar Tabs profile imageAUTHOR

    Easy Guitar Tabs 

    8 years ago from The UK

    I have a number of people asking me to put songs on here.

    That is out of the scope of this site.

    I run into copy write issues and Hub pages would take a view dim on that.

    There are a number of online sites with that sort of thing.

    Just Google what you are looking for.


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    Free Guitar Drills  

    8 years ago

    Great tips and a good chord chart, I especially like the lets see that pinky under the bad habits section. cheers

  • connelly73 profile image


    9 years ago from Motherwell, Scotland

    Been playing for years but finally went back to basics. Some priceless tips here well worth remembering. I now do some warm-ups and simple things VERY SLOWLY and it has finally gave me a little bit of speed and accuracy in my playing now.

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    9 years ago

    well i for one love the info on chords yur given to me... cuz I've been playin lately so its good to know the facts

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    9 years ago

    thanks for the easy to read instructions, i just bought my first guitar and i will be looking at this for help.

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    9 years ago

    i want play the guitar

  • Easy Guitar Tabs profile imageAUTHOR

    Easy Guitar Tabs 

    9 years ago from The UK

    Frans240 - Thanks mate, I supose its the same with anything you really want to do well at, pay a price - be it time, mistakes, doing it again and again and one day - you can do it without thinking about it to much.


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    9 years ago

    I want to play guitar but those images of chords for what frets are?

  • msoon77 profile image


    9 years ago from Australia

    WOW! Look at that chord chart. Must have taken you a lot of work. Nice article. Giving this hub a thumbs up!

    Looking for guitar tutorials, tips and gear reviews? Find it all here..

    Go to for the latest

  • frans240 profile image


    9 years ago

    Great HUB, it is so true and most people either give up or do a slappy job with chords... I play the guitar myself..and yes I know from my own experience..cramp in the hand and the fingers from practising!! Thanks for sharing these valuable lessons

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    Guitar For Beginners 

    9 years ago

    Very thorough post about playing guitar chords. This is a very important lesson as many people skip over chords. Great article.

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    Brandon Edward 

    9 years ago

    Hey -- I've been playing about 6 years - ( originally I played percussion and still do today). I was just wondering what most peoples experience has been with lessons and different ways of learning. For example - I came across some online courses and I've had some friends ask me about what's the best way to learn? They started naming off some stuff they had found online and said it wasn't too shabby... and actually it really helped. ME? Well, I never really had guitar lessons, i just learned the basics and tried to teach myself songs using tab. Anyway -- My Taylor 314CE is still looking and sounding sweet as a baby! ROCK ON! Hey if you get a chance - Check out my blog for learning to play guitar.<a href=”“>Learn How to Play Guitar</a> Take Care

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    Ali M Zeerak 

    9 years ago

    This tabs are really good for learning, i have enhanced much than i expected. thanks Malc

  • Easy Guitar Tabs profile imageAUTHOR

    Easy Guitar Tabs 

    9 years ago from The UK

    Many thanks.

    I took quite a bit of time to put this page up, including several re-writes. Its nice to know people appreciate it.

    Malc - Easy Guitar tabs.

  • musicprof profile image


    9 years ago from New Orleans

    The tips are gold - very basic but always true. It took me well over a year before I could get a single chord down properly. Never looked back since.


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