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Learning country guitar for free lesson one

Updated on September 12, 2011
Me performing an acoustic show.
Me performing an acoustic show. | Source

In order to learn to play guitar you need to know the basics of music theory.

There are seven major chords in music.


It is just like the ABCs you learned when learning the alphabet,after you get to the 7th chord it starts over again at the A and continues through the G chord.

Most country songs use the 1,4,5 major chords.

If the song is in the key of G.

G is the one chord - C is the 4 chord and D is the 5 chord. I know you are thinking how is that? it is very simple whatever key you are in is always the one chord, so if the song is in G, G is the one chord & remember that I said after you get to the last chord or the G chords it starts over at the A.

So you simply count A is the 2 chord, B is the 3 chord, C is the 4 chord and D is the 5 chord.

Lets do a example in the key of C

C is the one chord because whatever key your are in is always the one chord.

F is the four chord and G is the 5 chord.

C=1 D=2 E=3 F=4 G=5

You need to learn the 1-4-5 chords of all 7 major keys.

I recommend buying a guitar chord book that shows you how to make all the major and minor chords.

In the next lesson I will cover the off chords or the minor chords for all 7 major chords.

If you have any questions or please feel free to email me.

I want to teach anyone who wants to learn how to play the guitar and I can promise you that if you want to play you can learn how to do it.

It will take practice and patience.

Below are some standard Chord books that I recommend anyone who wants to learn to play any style of guitar to buy.

I have included a video that shows you all the 7 major chords and how to make them on guitar.

You can also tune your guitar because the video also tells you the name of all the strings and allows you to tune your guitar to it.

Please bookmark this page, and practice making the 1,4,5 chord of all the major keys.

You cannot learn the guitar over night,remember that it takes time to learn the basics and practice is very important in learning to play guitar,so as a goal for yourself, I want you to learn all 7 major chords.

Also learn the 1,4,5 chord of all 7 keys.

it is as simple as counting or doing your ABCs refer to the lesson above.

Thanks for stopping by - I look forward to hearing from you all in the comments below.

If you have any questions or do not understand anything just email me and I try to help you understand it better.



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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    September girl you should buy a guitar, they are really in expensive now. try musiciansfriend

    Thanks for dropping by

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    september girl 6 years ago

    Reading your hub made me miss my Momma's guitar. I self-taught myself with her spanish guitar and the book she had with it. I was never able to play bar chords, with the difficulty of the reach. Loved this hub, as I found it useful and interesting. Someday I hope to own a guitar of my own. :D

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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks for all the nice comments - I really appreciate you all.

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    chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

    I just love this. I play guitar but I don't know all my chord. This is very handy! EADGBE...i remember it as every adult dog growls bark eat. Sometime I remember, every adult dig grease between ear. lol...I vote up and useful!

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    Outstanding introduction to basic chords and song/chord structures, Sir.

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    Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I so want to learn to play the guitar like Keith Urban or Brad Paisley BUT I know I need baby steps because I'm clueless with the strumming of the strings. Thanks for the beginners lesson Manthy! :)

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    I used to play the piano,recorder and accordian but never the Guitar.

    I always wanted to just one of those things I never got round to.

    So I think I will be following these lessons of yours ,I think I'll bookmark them into 'My Bucket list hubs'.

    Thank you for sharing and here's to a long time of sharing hubs from here.

    I must vote this one interesting/useful/up.

    Take care


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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks Angel & JS - I appreciate you both.

    I will be adding more to this series so keep an eye out for them.

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    JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Nice job Manthy! This was very useful for a beginner player or as a refresher. Voting Up and Sharing!


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    Claudette Coleman Carter 6 years ago from Media, Pennsylvania

    Hi Manthy,

    Nice article and video. I will bookmark this. I have always wanted to learn how to play a guitar. Thanks again for the instructions.

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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @DAS & @TERI - Thanks for the kind words, I am going to do a better job on the next hubs, I just hope some people will get interested in wanting to learn it.

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    Terishere 6 years ago

    Hi Mark, I haven't played the guitar since a child. I've forgotten most of it.

    You're hub is well written and easy to follow!

    Great job!


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    daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

    My Mom bout me a guitar when I was a kid but I never learned to play. I might have to drag it out and try now. Thanks for the hub Manthy. Here is your up and useful.