Learn Guitar Chords

Learn Guitar ChordsHere are some great tips for help you to learn guitar chords as quickly and easily as possible. I have put this together for you so that you can actually pick up and play your guitar and start to enjoy being a guitarist.

Okay, then, let’s start looking at learning guitar chords which is a fundamental part of playing the guitar. 

  1. Be persistent.

Practice makes perfect and this is especially the case when you want to learn it chords. It will be some think of a challenge when you first start out but think of the benefits when you can play guitar chords quickly and easily. The guitar requires at least some effort when you first start learning to play it but be rest assured that it is perfectly normal to find it difficult at the outset. You will make some mistakes and find some of the finger positions difficult but this is something that all of us guitarists go through first.

Do not fall to the temptation to throw in the towel after just a day or two but keep practising. You will get there and it will not be long before you are playing chords with ease.

  1. Keep visualising.

This is a simple technique as you start out to learn guitar chords but it can be vital to your guitar playing for success. Put the picture in your mind of where each finger needs to be placed before you try to play the guitar chord. Taking a moment to do this will help you learn where your fingers need to go more quickly and easily than just constantly looking at your fingers before placing them on the fretboard. The next step is to imagine where your fingers need to be on the next chord that you wish to move to, just before you make the move, and then put your fingers in the correct position for the next chord.

You will start out learning relatively simple chords so this is easier than it sounds.

  1. The slow but sure.

Start with the simple, open chords, and do not try to take on too much all at once. Also, stay with the more straightforward chord progressions for now and do not be overambitious. There are hundreds of songs that you can play with just three or four chords and you will sound great playing them. You will also build up your dexterity and ability to change chords and learn how to play new ones by making sure that you can make the chord changes in these relatively simple chord progressions.

  1. Build up your finger strength.

Playing regularly and exercising your fingers as you are learn guitar chords will build up not only your dexterity but also the strength in the muscles of your fingers. This will happen if you practice for a relatively short time most days rather than leaving several days between practice sessions.

  1. Try not to look at your hands.

It is natural to want to look at your hands whilst you are placing them on the guitar fretboard when learning guitar chords, at first. However, you need to build up something called “muscle memory.” This is where your fingers go into the right place automatically without you looking at the guitar fretboard. Yes, of course, you will need to look that the fretboard at first at least a little bit, but keep this down to the smallest glance. Try to reduce the amount of time that you look at the guitar fretboard as much as possible as quickly as possible.

Start to put your hand into the correct chord position without looking at your left hand very shortly after learning a new guitar chord. Practice putting your fingers into the right position several times without looking on a regular basis.

  1. Use your little finger.

Guitar chord charts will show you how to finger each chord.  However, you might be tempted not to use your little finger as they show you, but this is a shortcut to disaster. You may be surprised at how much you can use your smallest finger and how capable it is of doing when you are learning to play the guitar.

It is essential that you use all fingers and that you do not try to push your smallest finger away from the fretboard when playing guitar chords. Keep all your fingers close to the strings and available for use and you will find that this pays dividends to you when you start to learn more complex chords, later on in your guitarist career.

  1. Learn the root notes of chords.

It is essential that you learn the bass note of each chord. This is also known as the root note of the chord. It is usually very obvious which note this is on your guitar chart and you can easily pick up and remember which note is the root note for any chord. Do not overlook this because you need to know where to start your strum from for each chord. If you play the wrong bass note in your guitar chord then it is likely to sound out of tune.

  1. Use your ears as well as your eyes.

This technique is very popular amongst leading guitarists around the world. You need to look at things from every angle in order to learn guitar chords effectively. First of all, listen to the chord once you are playing it and learn what that chord sounds like. Each and every chord has a unique sound and many people are able to identify every chord just by listening to it. This will not only increase your enjoyment of learning to play the guitar but will also enable you to pick out chords from songs that you hear performed elsewhere.

It is also a great idea to use your eyes when learning a guitar chord. Keep your guitar chord chart where you can see it and look at it when you are learning a guitar chord. Think about where your fingers are going and use your sense of touch to try to remember where your fingers have been placed for each call.

There is a second article in this three-part series called “guitar lessons for beginners” which has some valuable information about how to go about learning to play the guitar. You can get it for free if you click guitar lessons for beginners