to take it nice and slow when are just learning your
guitar chords. The way I teach my students is I teach them the
common keys in music for instance the key of C which is C-F-G
or G7...Key of Am-Dm-E or E7...Key of G-C-D or D7
Then each student learns the basic three chords Major, Minor,
Seventh chords used with guitar.
You have to remember the chords without
looking at your fretboard. I teach a game to my students
called 5 Chord B-I-N-G-O It's a simple game just
try and fret a chord you are working on Without Looking and
then strum where you think you should if it sounds bad you
But it sounds ok check and see how
close you came. At the end of the game the object is to try
and get five correct chords before getting five incorrect
chords. You are shouting for 5 Chord B-I-N-G-O/5 Correct Chord
Practice this and try and visualize the
picture of the chord diagram then fret your chord. (Note
Remember to try and get the first finger first in most cases.)
My youngest students like this game the
most of course:) But it helps all beginners with their basic
Then when you learn your keys and
chords you want to play many easy guitar songs at first.
You need to develop many rhythms at first. Work on your
timing and strumming patterns a good guitarist can remember
many different strumming patterns.
Here are a few songs that
you can try in the beginning. Paint It Black and As
Tears Go By By the Rolling Stones, Day Tripper by
the Beatles (Quick Note about the Beatles is to try and
learn many of their songs learn the chords learn the rhythms
and study their patterns.
There are many good reasons why they were so successful
at writing songs)
*Tip* It's all in the right hand.
The right hand technique takes time to develop
once you learn many songs your right hand will be picking
melodies and strumming nice rhythms. Watch your timing
in the beginning. Timing really hurt me when
I was younger.
This can happen by playing by yourself and not with a
band or drums.
"Be Aware of This"
Biggest setback in the beginning are
dead string noise:
I teach by always remembering the (Two
(Prop Up Your Fingers)
Play the chord one string at a
time and make sure all strings are ringing. If they are then
you can strum your chord. You need to once awhile check and
see that all your strings are ringing nice and clear. This is
called Arpeggiated picking. Arpeggiated picking is simply
picking one string at a time in any order.
Take your time and enjoy your
guitar. Practice from one chord to the next eventually
your hands and muscles will develop strength. Guitar is very repetitive
thing. Practicing your chords makes beautiful music:)
-Tim B. Miller
You can also visit this link for a free online chord