EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO START STRUMMING
Chords are the fundamental building blocks of your guitar education—and any song. Find everything you need to build your skills and start playing.
Chord charts offer easy, visual instruction for learning finger placement and voicing for guitar chords. Here’s how to interpret chord charts to get playing:
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These four chords in the key of G are a great place to start for beginners. They’ll enable you to learn songs like “Brown Eyed Girl,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and more.
Made up of the notes G, B and D, the G chord forms the foundation of songs across all genres.
The C major chord blends the C, E and G notes. Learn popular songs using this beginner chord.
It’s tough, but worth it to master this fundamental chord, made up of the notes D, F# and A.
Made up of the notes E, G and B, the E minor is one of the easiest chords to play as a beginner.
Some chords take only a few minutes to learn and just a few minutes more to start playing those chords in songs you love.
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Check out these articles for tips on playing commonly used chords.
You’ve got the basics down. Now, it’s time to learn more chord skills and some musical theory. Learn how to build different types of chords and why they evoke different feelings.
Take the 1st, 3rd and 5th note of any scale to create this cheerful sounding chord in any key.
All you need are the 1st, flattened 3rd and 5th notes of any scale to create the mysterious sound of a minor chord.
From blues to country to rock, barre chords make it easy to move up and down the neck of your guitar.
Made of the root and the 5th note, power chords form the basis of some of the epic punk and rock riffs of all time.
You know these songs by heart. Now it’s time to put your new skills to work and start playing them.
Some of your favorite songs are easier to play than you think - and even easier when you have an experienced guitarist break them down for you, step by step. Fender Play video lessons are designed to get you playing chords and songs quickly.
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