Introduction: How to Play a Few Guitar Chords (beginner)

How to play eight guitar chords, the power chord shape and two songs using these chords - House of the Rising Sun and Fade to Black.


ps.Although i do play guitar it is my brother in the pictures-in case you get any ideas about me having massive hair.

Step 1: Major Chords

These are the happy sounding ones.
Just follow the tabs - the crosses at the top (above the strings)mean you dont pick that string, and the O's mean you do (it's an open string).

Step 2: Major Chords Continued

Same again.

Step 3: Minor Chords

These are the sad ones.
I figured you would have worked out how to read the tab by now and so have not included any more photo's of Jimi (My Brother).

Step 4: Power Chords

These aren't needed in the two songs i have previosly mentioned but they're really useful as you can move them up and down the neck, so you get every chord in the chromatic scale.

Power chords comprise of 2 different notes - the root note (the one you play with your first finger) and a fidth up from the root. There is an octave of the root note (which you don't have to play but i usually do just to beef up the tone).

Step 5: Song 1 - Fade to Black

The chords for this song go:

Amin Cmaj
Life it seems, will fade away

Gmaj Emaj
Drifting further every day

Amin

Amin (slid up 2 frets)

Amin Cmaj
Getting lost within myself

Gmaj Emaj
Nothing matters no one else

Amin

Amin (slid up 2 frets)

Amin Cmaj
I have lost the will to live

Gmaj Emaj
Simply nothing more to give

Amin

Amin (slid up 2 frets)

Amin Cmaj
There is nothing more for me

Gmaj Emaj
Need the end to set me free





Step 6: Song 2 - House of the Rising Sun

Amin Cmaj Dmaj Fmaj
There is a house in new Orleans

Amin Cmaj Emaj Emaj
They call the rising sun

Amin Cmaj Dmaj Fmaj
And its been the ruin for many a poor boy

Amin Emaj Amin
In the house of the rising sun!


Once you can just strum the chords try playing every note individually from bottom to top note and then back (so for Amin it goes Astring,Dstring,Gstring,Bstring,Estring,Bstring,Gstring).
On the 4 note chords play the top string twice.

Step 7: Rule of Rock

Use the rule of rock!

The rule of rock is where if you hold your right hand out like metal horns (little finger,first finger and thumb sticking out) and assign your little finger a note (say A).
Then you count along your fingers in notes so each finger has a note ( in this case 3rd finger being b, second c, first d and thumb e ).
The fingers sticking out will be chords that sound good together (A, D and E).

Now go play those songs to your mum or who-ever is around.

Comments

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shanes.sharma1 (author)2014-07-26

According to me this is one of the silly
questions, this question is similar to ask that How many songs are there in earth ?
My
dear reader, since music has no end then similarly guitar chords has no
end too, you can create your own chords also! according to your scales.
So stop thinking more about guitar chords and start play your own
created one!

http://sqeets.com/articles/guitar-chords-for-beginners-26-guitar-chords-you-must-know-to-begin-with-guitar/

author
shanes.sharma1 (author)2014-07-26

According to me this is one of the silly
questions, this question is similar to ask that How many songs are there in earth ?
My
dear reader, since music has no end then similarly guitar chords has no
end too, you can create your own chords also! according to your scales.
So stop thinking more about guitar chords and start play your own
created one!

http://sqeets.com/articles/guitar-chords-for-beginners-26-guitar-chords-you-must-know-to-begin-with-guitar/

author
shanes.sharma1 (author)2014-07-26

According to me this is one of the silly
questions, this question is similar to ask that How many songs are there in earth ?
My
dear reader, since music has no end then similarly guitar chords has no
end too, you can create your own chords also! according to your scales.
So stop thinking more about guitar chords and start play your own
created one!

http://sqeets.com/articles/guitar-chords-for-beginners-26-guitar-chords-you-must-know-to-begin-with-guitar/

author
shanes.sharma1 (author)2014-07-26

According to me this is one of the silly
questions, this question is similar to ask that How many songs are there in earth ?
My
dear reader, since music has no end then similarly guitar chords has no
end too, you can create your own chords also! according to your scales.
So stop thinking more about guitar chords and start play your own
created one!

http://sqeets.com/articles/guitar-chords-for-beginners-26-guitar-chords-you-must-know-to-begin-with-guitar/

author
shanes.sharma1 (author)2014-07-26

According to me this is one of the silly
questions, this question is similar to ask that How many songs are there in earth ?
My
dear reader, since music has no end then similarly guitar chords has no
end too, you can create your own chords also! according to your scales.
So stop thinking more about guitar chords and start play your own
created one!

http://sqeets.com/articles/guitar-chords-for-beginners-26-guitar-chords-you-must-know-to-begin-with-guitar/

author
Scotish (author)2009-03-03

Your Bro's Hair looks like John Butlers Can u get me a list of chords that have : Bb, F, Cm, Gm, Dm and as many others as u can get? (I can never find a good list) (\_/) (0.o) EBIL BUNNY!!!! (>_<)

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tudgeanator (author)Scotish2009-03-30

i don't understand what u meen by a 'list' Do u want all the fingerings for the chords?

author
Scotish (author)2009-03-03

Your Bro's hair reminds me of John Butler

author
pyro man (author)2009-01-19

thanks for this 'ible iv been needing one.

author
tudgeanator (author)pyro man2009-01-22

No problems-any suggestions to improve it?

author
pyro man (author)tudgeanator2009-01-22

not really the songs are a little confusing,but i wasn't that interested in learning them.

author
tudgeanator (author)pyro man2009-01-29

I did put the chords so they were over the word that they needed to be strummed on but stupid instructables deleted all the 'unnecasary spaces'

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pyro man (author)tudgeanator2009-01-29

yea that sucks.im doing this whole thing learning guitar where i take a lesson every week,but i learnon my own,too.yesterday,my teacher said that we were covering chords and when i aaid i had learned some of them already,he said "holy crapwhat have you been doing?"

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tudgeanator (author)pyro man2009-02-03

Nice! How did you get the writing to be smaller? Iv'e allways wondered that...

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pyro man (author)tudgeanator2009-02-03

i think that after you type so much, they make the writing smaller to make sure that it fits

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tudgeanator (author)pyro man2009-02-05

oh,ok-but why not make all of the text a little bit smaller rather that just a bit at the end really small? Who knows,Never mind

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pyro man (author)tudgeanator2009-02-05

ok well if you search for "word formatting"on instructables,there i a bunch of 'ibles there i recommend the one by plasmana

author
tudgeanator (author)pyro man2009-02-06

K cheers

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