Learning your first chords
One of the first steps any guitarist must take is learning to play Chords.
So what are Chords and why do we need to learn them?
In music, a Chord is a collection of 3 or more notes played at the same time. The 2 main types of Chord we will be looking at are Major and Minor chords. Major/Minor is basically a description of the chords quality. Major tend to sound quite settled or bright; some people might say happy sounding. Minor chords tend to sound dark or grey; some would describe them as sad sounding.
So that kind of covers what Chords are - why must you learn them?
Putting together a few different chords forms most songs. This collection of chords is commonly called a Chord Progression. Basically, if you want to play a song - which is kind of a fundamental reason for learning guitar - you need to learn Chords.
Step 1 - Download this collection of First Chords
Step 2 - Position your fingers, as shown in the chord diagrams found on the 'First chords PDF.'
Step 3 - Strum the chord fully and listen for the chord ringing out cleanly.
Step 4 - Now play down each individual string to detect if you are catching any strings or not applying enough pressure.
Step 5 - If you are catching strings or getting muffled notes, adjust your fingers slightly to allow the strings to ring out clearly.
Step 6 - Most Importantly, have fun. Remember that you will soon be playing all these chords perfectly. It's just a matter of practising them!