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Easy Guitar Chords

Easy Guitar Chords | Easily learn the 15 basic guitar chords for the guitar to get you started on the right foot.

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Easy Guitar Chords for the Beginner:

To get you feet wet very quickly, we will begin by learning some of these easy guitar chords.

I'm sure that if you just got your guitar, you are very anxious to start playing and sounding professional.

Usually chords are grouped into keys or key signatures, but right now that involves a bit too much music theory, so we will go over the most popular and easy guitar chords to get you started on the right foot.

The Fundamental 15 Guitar Chords You should Know

To get you started, I have grouped together a total of 15 of the most popular guitar chords you will observe. There are three distinct groups that these chords are gathered into:

Major Chords: Consisting of C, G, D, A, E and F (Note that the Major Label is dropped when you see the chord named in the music.) For instance the G Major chord is simply referred to as a "G" chord.

Minor Chords: I have also given you three minor chords to master. The Dm, Am and Em. Additionally with the Minor chords the word 'Minor" is normally abbreviated with just an 'm'.

Seventh Chords: Lastly there are the Seventh Chords, being the C7, G7, D7, A7, E7 and B7.

All of These Easy Guitar Chords Must Be Memorized

Before we move on to strumming patterns and other cools things you can do with your simple guitar chords, be sure to memorize all of these chords.

To help you to memorize these Easy guitar chords, here are some tips to make things go more smoothly for you.

Easy Guitar Chords - Look For Commonly Used Notes:

Analyze each of these chords and look for notes that are common to each other in each chord.

In our first example, let's take a look at the Major Chords and Seventh Chord relationship.

Let's look at the difference between the C and the C7 chords.

There is only one finger that is different between these two chords, and that is the Bb, which is played with the 4th finger that is added to the C7 to play the 3rd fret, 3rd string

Easy Guitar Chords - Compare the G & G7:

Next, let us take a look at the G and the G7 chords.

This chord too has only one note that is different between the two chords, and that is situated on the first string.

The G7 plays an "F" note on the first fret of the first string, while in the G Major chord you play a "G" note on the third fret of the first string.

You can make use of this same methodology to compare the D, A and E Major chords, as they are compared to their Seventh Chord counterparts.

Also, you can apply these commonly used note techniques to the Dm, Em and Am chords as they are related to the D, E and A Major chords.

There is normally only one finger that is changed.

So…Take at look at the 15 simple guitar chords listed below and start having some fun with your guitar!

To learn more about reading chord diagrams and chord techniques, be sure to read our article on Guitar Strumming.

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