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Easy Chords

Remember in your guitar music lessons that your focus is rhythm and tempo to begin. That’s why it’s so important to start with chords that are relatively easy to execute. It’ll help to keep your mind off the insignificant things in the beginning.

So, for this lesson, we’re going to look at some of the simple chords that you should easily learn to nail your favorite songs. When we’re done, don’t stop there! Work on the next level of chords to see what you can accomplish.

The first chord we’ll look at is the ‘A’ chord that contains the notes ‘A’, ‘C#’, and ‘E’:

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–2—

–2—

–2—

–0—

–x—

This is how the chord is intended to be played, but sometimes isn’t taught this way in most guitar music lessons. Remember to keep the low ‘E’ string out of the strumming pattern so the chord rings evenly.

if you wanted to add some variation to the ‘A’ chord, you could play ‘Asus2’. ‘Sus’ stands for suspension. It just gives a little difference to the sound and isn’t all that difficult to play either. Use this formation:

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–0—

–2—

–2—

–0—

–x—

As a quick note, this chord is sometimes written as just ‘A2’ as opposed to ‘Asus2’.

We’re on a roll now, so let’s try the ‘B’ chord. You can master this one easy! The notes in the ‘B’ chord are ‘B’, ‘D#’, and ‘F#’. Don’t get scared by the sharps. They’re just notes like any others.

However, with this chord, we can take a look at two similar ways to play it here:

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–0— –0—

–4— –4—

–4— –4—

–x— –2—

–x— –x—

Neat huh? Now we have another substitute for the ‘B’ chord and it’s ‘Bsus4’. Don’t get nervous from the title. It isn’t any more difficult to execute.

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–0—

–4—

–4—

–2—

–x—

In guitar music lessons, ‘C’ is a common chord that everyone should know. It might appear a bit daunting at first, but you can nail this one by constantly putting your fingers into the formation to really work those hand muscles.