Beginner Guitar Lesson - Song Chord Progression - Riff Ninja Guitar

Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lesson – Song Chord Progression

This lesson will teach you some beginner chords, and you can cover a lot of songs with these. The chords that will be covered are G, C, D and Em.  These chords are the I, IV, V, and VI of D major. The I is G, IV is C, V is D and VI is Em.

There are several ways to play G major. One of the ways to play it is with your first finger (pointer finger) on the 5th string 2nd fret, second finger (middle finger) on the 6th string, 3rd fret, third finger (ring finger) on the 2nd string, 3rd fret, and then your pinkie underneath that on the 1st string, 3rd fret. You can play your G chord with just your third finger on the first string, if you’re a real beginner. You strum all six strings to play this chord.

For the C chord, the standard way to play it is by using your first finger (pointer) on the 2nd string, 1st fret, then the second finger (middle) on the 4th string, 2nd fret, and the third finger (ring) on the 5th string, 3rd fret. If you want to add the G bass, then put your third finger instead on the 6th string, 3rd fret, and your pinkie underneath it on the 5th string, 3rd fret. If you play the C chord without the G bass, don’t play the 6th string, or it will sound really bad. The low E takes away from the C chord. If you play this chord with the G bass, you can play all six strings.

For D major, the standard way is to play it with your first finger (pointer) on the 3rd string, 2nd fret, second finger (middle) on the 1st string, 2nd fret, and third finger (ring) on the 2nd string, 3rd fret, and you just play the bottom four strings for the D chord.

For the Em chord, you use your second finger (middle) on the 5th string, 2nd fret, and third finger (ring) on the 4th string, 2nd fret. You can play all six strings for this chord.

Now with these chords, you can play an incredible amount of songs. This lesson will go through some famous chord progressions. One of the more famous chord progressions goes I (G), VI (Em), IV (C), V (D). Another one is: VI (Em), IV (C), I (G), V (D). You can change it up again and do: I (G), V (D), VI (Em), IV (C).

You can throw on a capo to the fifth fret, and then you’re playing in the key of C. Play the same chords, but now instead of playing the song in G you’re playing the song in C.

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