Welcome the first of our series of four lessons to help you learn how to play guitar!
We’ll play 3 really important chords in D-major. You have to know there are 3 primary chords that sound good together. Now we’ll start with the key of D. The 3 chords for the key of D are D, G, and A. You’re going to start with the 1st finger on the 3rd string, 2nd fret. The frets are the metal pieces that are across. Place your second finger on the 1st string 2nd fret, third finger 2nd string 3rd fret. We’re only using 4 strings for this chord, not all six.
Start dragging your pick across just like you’re breaking it and hit every string evenly so you get clear sound. Move your thumb or fingers if you have difficulties. You have to get each string in the chord clear, so work on adjusting your fingers until you can get that clear sound.
The next chord you need is the G-chord. The most common is this one here: First finger on the 5th string 2nd fret, second finger 6th string 3rd fret.
Note: Don’t hold the strings too stiffly, you just need to brush across.
We have one more chord, which is the A-chord.
First finger 4th string 2nd fret, second finger 3rd string 2nd fret, third finger 2nd string 2nd fret. We use five strings, open fifth and open first. This chord can be hard if you have bit wider fingers, so you have to avoid muting that bottom string. That’s important on where your wrist is. Don’t press super hard to get the chord clear. Its more about where are the fingers position flat wise.