4 Basic Easy to Learn Guitar Chords for Beginners

Good afternoon, my fellow guitar enthusiasts! This is Joshua Olivieri (don’t try reading my last name out loud) from guitarcontrol.com bringing you some simple beginner chords to get you started on the path of music. So you’re just starting out with your guitar, and you’re a little unsure of where to begin. Should you start learning individual notes? Perhaps some scales? While these are all sound places to begin, it’s typically recommended to start learning basic chords before you move on to notes and scales.

The first thing you must know is that there are over 2000 chords that can be played on guitar. And for each chord, there are also multiple ways to form them. Now you may think this to be a little overwhelming for a beginners’ lesson, but don’t worry! Even if you become famous, you will never be required to learn all of the possible chords. To tell you the truth, most songs you hear on the radio are made with 4 simple chords. Everything you play after that will be built upon your knowledge of these chords.


The chords are as follows: G major, E minor, C major, and D major.

While this may seem like a daunting task to learn 4 chords all at once, you will be surprised just how many songs you can play with just these. “Viva la Vida” (Coldplay), the famous “Don’t Stop Believin'” (Journey), “Payphone” (Maroon 5), and even “Hall of Fame” (The Script) are just some of the many songs that can be played with the knowledge of these chords. While it may take you a few days to get your fingers used to the chord formations, the payout is always worth it. Once you learn these chords, however, don’t stop just there. Keep learning, push to harder chords, and perfect your sense of rhythm. If you put in the hard work, you’ll be playing hit tunes with your friends in no time.

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