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We hold the strings with “round fingers” (as if the brush is holding an apple), closer to the metal nut of the fret.

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How to quickly learn guitar chords?

This question is mainly asked by beginner guitarists. And for you, beginner guitarists, in this article, we will analyze the exercises and methods that will help you easily remember and quickly learn chords on the guitar.

We will not beat around the bush and argue that in many respects everything depends on motivation, zeal, patience, memory (the latter plays a significant role), and we will simply analyze the technique of quickly memorizing chords.

  1. The first one. Learn the Am chord. Yes, yes it is this simple, open chord.

We put the structure of the fingers as shown in the figure and visually remember where, on which string and which fret our "clumsy", "wooden" fingers are located. After we visually remember the location of the fingers, we remove the chord and try to put all the fingers back in place , while pronouncing the name of the chord aloud - Am or A minor (it is better to remember both, useful in the future). With such simple manipulations, removing and again clamping a chord and pronouncing its name out loud, you will finally learn 1 chord

2. The second. Am chord we memorized and learned. Now we are looking for an analogy of this chord, that is, a chord similar in structure to the construction (fingering). And such is the E or E major chord.

This chord is easier to remember. But we also remove and clamp the chord while pronouncing its name aloud many times until we learn it - E or E major.

3. And the third - we are looking for the shortest way to build a chord.

An example in this case are the chords Am and C (C major). We already remembered and learned how to build the Am chord, now if you look at the fingering of the C chord and the Am chord, you can see that these two chords have only 1 difference - this is 3, ring finger! In the Am chord, it stands on the 3rd string of 2 frets, and in the C chord on the 5th string, 3 frets. So just by moving 1 finger, we get a different chord. As you probably already guessed, in order to remember the C chord, you need to do all of the above

In this way, looking for analogies in the fingering of chords, that is, similarities, we try to remember and memorize all the other chords for beginners.

Chords for C, A, G, E and D Guitar for Beginners

Posted: 11.11.2009, author: sMiles

Today I want to return to one of the blog topics, namely learning how to play the guitar from scratch. What is needed for this? First, of course, a strong desire to learn, then a guitar, a combo, a teacher and ...

Before you go to the teacher, you can always familiarize yourself with the tips for setting hands on such sites. Or just watch more videos with guitarists whose game you like. They do not always have the perfect technique, however, this will show what general hand setting options are. And it will allow some of them to get used to. I would not recommend myself without hands-on experience after reading the Internet and browsing schools to pose hands, just use the above information in addition to the instructions of the teacher.


In general, for a beginner who first picked up a guitar, it will be very uncomfortable to hold it in his hands. This is natural, since our hands are not accustomed from childhood to play the guitar, and will have to learn them gradually.

Here we come to the topic of our discussion. Quite a few For Dummies guitar tutorials start with five simple C, A, G, E, and D chords. In the English literature this is called the CAGED Guitar System (CAGED is translated as “keep in a cage,” so it’s directly called “prison” guitar training system)). Dozens of guitarists learn these simple 5 chords and variations on their themes C, Cmaj7, A, Am, G, G7, E, Em, D and Dm first. Knowing only these chords, you can play the harmony of almost any popular song, taking into account transposition. This is a bit strange, but many self-taught people have been doing warm-up exercises for quite some time and trying to play some kind of connected lines, instead of learning to play 5 simple chords and learn a couple of songs. After all, only by learning something new can we move forward.

Why are these five chords used? The answer is simple, because the notes that are included in these chords are included in the scale of C major, and the notes of the scale are located on the white keys of the piano, that is, they do not require any additional signs # and b for their recording.

Still easier than in the first question. Because it is a chord, which you can take in the first position only using the barre technique. You think just in the first lesson to take a chord with a barre? Many experienced guitarists in the middle of a long concert experience discomfort playing a lot with the barre (usually when you need to hold the index finger in place and move the remaining fingers along the bar, such as in the Gm-C5 sequence), what can we say about a beginner.

Thus, we already have a small plan for the first couple of classes with the teacher. The first lesson should be entirely devoted to setting hands and basic knowledge on tuning the instrument and music theory. In the second lesson, it will already be possible to study the chord forms according to the CAGED system, especially since the forms of the same chords will subsequently be used when playing. And only in the third lesson will it be possible to find out what a barre is and what it is eaten with and learn some more chords based on CAGED tonic.

The topic of chords is not limited only to these 5 forms of the CAGED guitar chord system, although, of course, using them you can speed up the learning process. Please note that this technique may be applicable to the following chords:

In addition to CAGED forms, you can continue to study chords in the following areas:

You can find a complete selection of our articles about guitar chords on this page.

If you have just joined our audience, it will be useful for you to read the best blog materials for 2009, for 2010 and for 2011.

If you do not understand the pictures above in this and other articles with chord diagrams, do not be too lazy to read about how to read chord diagrams correctly.

Answers to many questions of beginners were discussed in articles in the beginners tips section, if you still have questions, you can ask them in the comments or in the VKontakte group.

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