Introduction: How to Play Guitar

Materials needed: A guitar 


Step 1: Get Started

Get a guitar and make sure it is in standard tuning (EADGBE)

Step 2: The Strings

Familiarize yourself with which string is what note by playing them from the top string down to the bottom one at a time. Know the names of the strings in order (EADGBE)

Step 3: Frets

Familiarize yourself with the frets. You can see clearly each fret on the guitar therefore if I say put your pointer finger on the high E 2nd fret, then you know what to do.

Step 4: D Chord

Now you know the different frets and strings. Lets learn some chords. The first chord to learn can be D. To play a D put your pointer finger on the G string 2nd fret. Then Put your ring finger on the B string 3rd fret. Finally, put your pointer finger on the high E string on the 2nd fret. Strum the bottom four strings, leaving out the low E and A. Thats a D chord.

Step 5: The G Chord.

 Put your pinky finger on the high E string 3rd fret. Put your middle finger on the A string 2nd fret. Finally, put your pointer finger on the low E string 3rd fret. Strum all of the strings. Thats a G chord.

Step 6: The C Chord.

 Put your pointer finger on the B string first fret. Then put your middle finger on the D string 2nd fret. Finally, put your ring finger on the A string 3rd fret. Strum all of the strings. That’s a C chord.

Step 7: The Em Chord.

Em stands for E minor. Well learn the E chord later but for now E minor is slightly easier and is more commonly used. First put your middle finger on the A string 2nd fret. Then put your ring finger on the D string 2nd fret. Strum all of the strings. Thats a Em chord.

Step 8: The a Chord.

First put your middle finger on the D string 2nd fret. Then put your middle finger on the G string 2nd fret. Finally, put your ring finger on the B string 2nd fret. Strum all of the strings. Thats an A chord.

Step 9: The Am Chord.

Am stands for A minor. First put your middle finger on the D string 2nd fret. Then put your ring finger on the G string 2nd fret. Finally, put your pointer finger on the B string 1st fret. Strum all of the strings. Thats an Am.

Step 10: The E Chord.

 First put your middle finger on the A string 2nd fret. Then put your ring finger on the D string 2nd fret. Finally, put your pointer finger on the G string 1st fret. Strum all of the strings. Thats an E.

Step 11: The F Chord.

The F chord is slightly more difficult than others. To play an F chord first put your pointer finger on both the high E string and the B string first fret. Put your middle finger on the G string 2nd fret. Then put your middle finger on the A string 3rd fret. Finally, put your pinky finger on the D string 3rd fret. Strum all of the strings. Thats an F.

Step 12: The F# and F#m Chords.

F# stands for F sharp and F#m stands for F#m. To play an F# simply take the same fingering you have for an F and move it all down one fret. Then to play an F#m keep your ring finger and your pinky finger in the same position and then Barr all the strings on the 2nd fret. Barring can be very difficult for a beginner and may take a lot of practice so don’t get frustrated.

Step 13: The Bm Chord.

Bm stands for B minor. First put your pointer finger on the high E string 2nd fret. Then put your middle finger on the B string 3rd fret. Then put your ring finger on the D string 4th fret. Finally, put your pinky finger on the G string 4th fret. Strum every string except for the low E string. Thats a Bm. Take that same shape and move it down the fret boards to play every single minor chord on the scale. As you slide your fingers down the order goes: Bm, C#m, Cm, D#m, Dm, E#m, Em, F#m, Fm, G#m, Gm.

Step 14: The D7 Chord.

 First put your middle finger on the G string 2nd fret. Then put your pointer finger on the B string first fret. Finally, put your ring finger on the high E string 2nd fret.

Step 15: The A7 Chord.

Play an A chord without the ring finger.

Step 16: The E7 Chord

 Play the E chord without the ring finger.

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everythingicanthinkof (author)2015-01-20

I'm a lefty and cant do the g chord help!!!!!!!!!

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