Easiest Beginner Guitar Chords – First Guitar Chords You NEED To Learn

So what I'm gonna show you, I'll show you
four chords today. Which most of them we're only going to need to use two
fingers. All right. And they're gonna be a G chord a C chord an E minor chord and
the last one which will be the hardest is the D chord. We're gonna have to use
three fingers on that D chord. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to start
with the first chord which is our E minor. So we're gonna need two fingers. We're gonna use the first finger and the second finger on this chord. And what
I'll do is I'll show you all the chords and then I'll go in for a close-up so
that you can see them from both angles. So the first chord is E minor . Ad what
we're gonna do this is a great chord because you get to play all strings
six strings you get to strum. So we're gonna take our first finger and just as
a reminder if you don't know so the bottom string is one two three four five
and the sixth string is your top string the big fat string at the top so we're
gonna start at the big fat string at the top and we're going to go down one
string so we're gonna end up on the fifth string and we're gonna be in the
second fret so these little chunks are called frets and what we're gonna do is
we're gonna move from the G sorry from the first string here this top string to
right here the second to the top which is the a string and we're gonna put our
first finger right on that string and right below it we're gonna put our
second finger so I have two fingers down both of them are in this second fret so
it's gonna be the first finger is going to be on the fifth string second fret
the second finger is gonna be on the fourth string second fret so it will
sound like this so let's do that again so we're gonna
take our first finger we're gonna go to the top string move it down one so we're
on that fifth string second fret we're gonna take the second finger just put it
right below that first finger on the fourth string let me get to strum all
six strings very nice very nice so the way to get to your next chord which is
going to be a G chord we're going to just move one finger so this is why it's
good to have a solid foundation of a minor so we're gonna go back to that
Imai noir chord so as a reminder first finger is gonna go the second fret fifth
string the second finger is gonna go on the second fret fourth string so they're
both piled in that second fret and then all we're gonna do we're gonna leave the
first finger right where it is and we're gonna move the second finger
up to the top string third fret and this is going to be our easy g chord so we go
from E minor we're gonna move that second finger up to the top string and
over one fret to the third fret and that is gonna be our G chord so for
this I'm gonna let you strum all of the strings on this so to go back to E minor
we're gonna take this second finger and we're going to move it back to the
second fret underneath the first finger here we go again so we're gonna do
second finger uh and that's gonna move to the third finger or sorry the third
fret top string so I'm going to go in for a close-up to
show you these two chords and the chord changes so that you can see what you
need to do before we move on to the next set of chords so let's take a look at
this chord change for a minor to G we're going to start with our E minor chord so
if you remember its first finger on the fifth string and then we're gonna put
our second finger right below it on the fourth string of the second fret now to
get to G all we're gonna do is we're gonna lift up our second finger here and
we're gonna move it up and over so it's up and over to the third fret on the top
string and you can strum all six strings for this if you want so to get it back
we're gonna lift up that second finger scooch back the first and put that
second finger right underneath to get back to G we're gonna lift up that
second finger bring it up scoot you everything over and up a fret so we're
gonna end up on that third fret of the top string and strum so back to E minor and back to G just lifting move that
second finger a minor and gee one more time second finger
under for a minor second finger up and over for G so the next set that we're
going to learn we're gonna move from E minor to a C chord now the great thing
about this is you also only have to move one finger so if we go back to our E
minor chord so first finger second fret fifth string and then second finger
second fret fourth string we have our E minor chord what we're gonna do is for
the C chord we're gonna move our first finger so the second finger is gonna
stay right where it is and we're gonna move the first finger down to the second
string first fret and we're only gonna play five star sorry the bottom four
strings so if you can only hit the bottom four that would be awesome so to
get back to E minor we're gonna lift up the first finger and move it back to the
second fret fifth string and to get back to see we're gonna take
the first finger lift it up and move it down to the first fret of the second
string and only strum the bottom four strings of your guitar one more time
we're going to go back to E minor so lift up that first finger put it on the
second fret of the fifth string and to get back to see we're gonna lift
up that first finger put it down on the first fret of the second string and
strum and that is your E minor to C chord switch I'm gonna go in for a
close-up so that you can see exactly what I'm doing with my fingers we're
gonna take the first finger we're gonna go for the top string to the fifth
string on the second fret and then we're gonna put my second finger right
underneath it so if you see I've got both fingers in this second fret and we
strum all six strings to that C chord we're gonna lift up the first finger and
we're gonna bring it from the fifth string to the second string so the first
strings here second string first fret so that's your C chord
so to go back to E minor we're gonna lift up the first finger put it right
above the second finger to get back to C we're gonna lift up the first finger
move it down to the first string second fret so it's right here and then to get
back to E minor we lift up that first finger and we put it back on that fifth
string one more time so we have D minor lift up the first finger move it down to
the first second string first fret you're Secord last chord we're gonna go
over is a D chord the D chord is going to be the most difficult chord for you
in this set because it uses all three fingers unfortunately there's no way
around it you got to use the three fingers but it's good because you can
practice getting in out of those other easier chords to get into deep so what
we're gonna do is we're gonna start with our first finger and we're gonna put
that on the second fret of the third string and then what we're gonna do is
we're gonna put our second finger on the bottom string second fret so we've got
the third string second fret first string second fret and then we're gonna
form it like a little triangle here we're gonna take the third finger and
we're gonna put it on the third fret of the second string and for this chord we
get to strum the bottom four strings so let's do that again so we're gonna take
our first finger we're gonna put it on the third string second fret we're gonna
take our second finger and put it on that bottom string second fret and the
third finger is gonna go on the second string third fret so it's sandwiched
in between now for practicing we're gonna go back to that Imai Newark Ord
because what do you know the first finger and the second finger are used in
the E minor chord and the first finger is on top of the second finger so this
is great because when we move to a D chord what I want you to do is I want
you to move these two fingers down and just spread them out so that there's a
string in between them so let's go back to E minor so we're gonna move the
fingers down first fingers gonna go third string second fret second fingers
are gonna go bottom string second fret and then we're just gonna add that third
finger to the second string third fret so when you're first practicing just
practice moving those two fingers just getting those two fingers to move
between a minor and D E minor D and then you can add the third finger so what I'm
gonna do is I'm going to go in for a close-up so that I can show you guys
this transition so that you can practice going between the different chords all
right so I'm going to show you the close-up of the D chord before we go to
the chord switches so here we're gonna start with our first finger we're going
to count up one two three strings second fret and our second finger is gonna go
on that bottom string second fret so you see they're both in that second fret and
then this third finger is gonna come up and it's going to end up on the second
string in between on the third fret and you can play the bottom four strings
for this core now when you first play you might get some you might get some
muting it probably means that your fingers are laying flat you really want
to play on your fingertips and that takes a little bit of time and practice
to get that so if you're hearing that muting don't worry about it too much for
now worry about getting the chord shape correctly and then straightening out
those fingers so that you play with the fingertip you can probably see where the
string is digging into my fingers you'll get play on the fingertip as opposed to
the pads of the fingers so here's our D chord again we got the first finger on
the second third fret sorry second fret third string second
finger on the first string second fret and then third finger on the third fret
of the second string so now if we're gonna go from E minor
let's go back to our E minor chord so we have our first finger and second finger
we're gonna move these two fingers down first fingers gonna go to the third
string second finger is gonna go to the first the first string let's put that
back so back to E minor first finger down to the third string first finger
down our second finger down to the first string once again II minor first finger
down to the third string second finger down to the first string and third
finger is gonna come right in the middle on the third fret of the second string
so we're gonna go a minor to D E minor to D d minor 2d one more time a minor
first finger to the third string second finger to the first string third finger
to the second string third fret and that's how you transition between a
minor and deep so there you have it those are my four basic guitar chords
for success usually what I do for my students is I have them practice
switching between all the chords so e minor to C e minor to G E minor to D and
then I'll have you switch between C and G and C and D and then the last one
would be going between a G chord and a D chord if you can learn these four basic
chords you have access to thousands upon thousands of songs that you can play
just as a beginner guitar player even if you didn't learn any other chords on the
guitar if you just learnt these four then you would be able to play thousands
upon thousands of songs so that's why I teach these four chords to my students
first I would recommend just sitting and practicing these chord changes until you
get them down pat because then you'll have access to start playing songs
strumming more and having a lot more fun with your guitar so take your time learn
these chords go back and forth and then you can visit my website which is Lauren
Bateman calm I have lots of little chord charts on there that actually use some
of these chords so you can go ahead and figure that out now some of you have
probably said hey Lauren I looked up a C chord before and it's actually three
fingers and I looked up a G chord and that's also three fingers you're
absolutely right these are not full chords I like teaching students to get
control of two fingers at a time I've worked with a lot of students who learnt
those three finger chords and weren't even able to play simple songs or do
simple strumming or chord changes with this two finger method you're able to
get into playing the guitar much quicker than you would if you learned all those
other chords with the full chords it's easier to move two fingers than
three fingers and it's once you get those down pat it's going to be easy to
add those third fingers at the end so start with these simple two fingered
chords and once you have them down pat then you can move on to the bigger three
fingered chords so have fun and I'll see you in the next video
 

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