Step 1: What You'll Learn
● Parts of a guitar
● How to hold a guitar
● How to read chord diagrams
● How to play the G, C, and D chords
● How to strum with a pick
● How to read songs with chords
Step 2: What You'll Need
● Properly tuned six-string acoustic guitar
● Guitar pick
● Guitar chord diagram(s)
● Sit down when playing guitar and support the guitar body on your left knee unless you have a guitar strap.
● Make sure that your strings are not stretched too tightly, because they can snap and harm you if they break.
Step 3: Parts of a Guitar
Step 4: The Fretboard
Thickest string E - 6
A - 5
D - 4
G - 3
B - 2
Thinnest string E - 1
Step 5: How to Hold the Guitar
1. Hold the neck of the guitar in your left hand.
2. Make sure the strings are facing away from your body.
3. Place the body in your lap.
Step 6: How to Strum With a Pick
1. Hold the pick in your right hand between your thumb and index finger as shown in the picture.
2. Moving your forearm, drag the pick across the strings downward. Avoid the strings that are not supposed to be played for that chord.
3. To strum again, drag the pick across the strings upward, returning to your original position.
Step 7: How to Read Chord Diagrams (string Order, Open Strings, Silent Strings, Etc.)
Symbols above each string on the diagram explain if the string is used or not.
Xs denote a string that is not played in the chord, an O means that the string is played “open,” which is to say that it’s not plucked with the pick.
A dark circle shows where to push down on the guitar in order to make the desired sound.
Step 8: How to Place Your Fingers Behind the Frets
Step 9: How to Play the G Chord
Step 10: How to Play the C Chord
Step 11: How to Play the D Chord
Step 12: How to Read Chords in a Song
You’ll have to listen to the song to get the strum pattern the same. If you know how the song sounds already, simply play the chord as it appears over the lyrics.
Depending on the song, you may continue strumming that chord until the next chord appears later in he tab.
Step 13: Conclusion
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
John Denver - Leaving on a Jet Plane
Alan Jackson - I’ll Try
You can also learn to play other chords the same way by looking up the chord diagrams for each. With a little practice you will soon be a pro and can impress your friends with your guitar skills!