Are you learning how to play guitar? Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed and do not know where to start? Well, we have created the perfect guide that will help you learn where you need to start. Below are a few of the easiest and most popular open chords to get you started!
What Are Open Chords?
Open chords are chords that include an “open string,” or a string that you are not pressing down on with your fingers. If your chord has a least one open string, you can call it an “open chord”. These chords are used in countless popular songs, and most beginner songs consist of open chords.
Major vs. Minor Chord
The difference between a major and a minor chord is quite simple. To the ear, a Major chord sounds Happy, while a Minor Chord sounds Sad. For every letter Chord (A through G) there is a Major version of that chord (e.g. A Major) and a minor Version (e.g. A Minor).
4 Easy Guitar Chords You Can Learn Right Now!
Now that you understand what open chords are, and how you can use them, it is now time to learn some of them! Below, we have included our top four picks of the easiest open guitar chords that you should learn.
1) E Minor & E Major Chord
In order to play an E Minor chord, simply place your index finger on the second fret of the A String (5th String). Then place your middle finger on the second fret of the D String (4th String). Then strum all 6 strings.
To play an E Major chord, place your middle finger of the second fret of the A String (5th String), then place your ring finger on the second fret of the D String (4th String), then place your index finger on the first fret of the G String (3rd String). Again, strum all 6 strings.
2) C Major Chord
Another popular chord for beginners to learn is a C Major chord. To play this chord, place your ring finger on the third fret of the A String (5th string), your middle finger on the second fret of the D String (4th String), and your index finger on the first fret of the B String (2nd string). For this chord, you will only strum the top 5 strings (all strings except the Low-E String).
3) G Major Chord
Last, but not least we have our G Major chord. While there are a few ways to play this chord, the following way is arguably the easiest for beginners. Place your middle finger on the third fret of the Low E String (6th String), your index finger on the second fret of the A String (5th String), and your ring finger on the third fret of the High-E String (1st String). Strum all six strings for this chord.
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