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5 Easy Guitar Chords for Beginners

5 guitar chords for starters

Learning to play guitar can be exciting. If you’re a beginner, there are some basic guitar chords you can learn on your own, without investing in expensive guitar lessons. These are known as open string chords, because all of them contain at least 1 open string. Here is a list of 5 easy guitar chords you can start playing right away.

  1. E Minor Chord:

E-Minor is one of the easier guitar chords and you can learn to master it within an hour. Not only is this chord easy, but it’s also used in countless songs, so you can start playing your favorite songs right away after learning it. To practice this chord, play it individually and make sure to get the right sound. Keep practicing until the chord flows naturally from your fingers.

  1. C Major Chord:

The second basic guitar chord you should learn is called C Major. C Major is normally just called ‘C chord.’ This chord comprises of the top five strings, which are the highest notes of the guitar. The C Chord is also frequently used in songs. Once you’ve practiced this chord multiple times and have mastered it, try switching between E Minor and C chord. This will take time to master, but you must learn to switch between chords in order to play in progression.

  1. G Chord:

G chord is also among the basic guitar chords used in most songs. There are two styles you can use to play this chord. Below is an illustration of both styles of fingering. See which style you find easiest. Make sure to switch between G and C to determine which style is best for switching.

  1. A Minor Chord:

This chord is similar to C Chord as both have two fingers in the same position. This makes switching between these chords easy, as you only need to lift your third finger to the 2nd fret of the third string.

  1. E Major Chord:

This is a pretty simple chord and easy to learn. Its shape is the same as the A minor but it uses the 3rd, 4th and 5th strings of the guitar. This chord is used in a huge range of songs. The best way to memorize this chord as well as the rest of the above-mentioned ones is to think of them as shapes. Forming shapes with your hand will help to remember the names of the chords in a better way.


Learning to play guitar takes time and lots of practice. Make sure to practice at least 2 hours every day. Switch between these 5 chords until you can do it with your eyes closed.

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