The 3 easy chords that I am going to show you how to play on guitar in this lesson only use 1 finger!
Do you hate playing guitar chords because it hurts your fingers? Well, don’t feel bad. Many students struggle in this area simply because they don’t have sufficient finger calluses or strength to hold down more than one string at a time. This is very common among beginners. I can still remember how my fingers hurt when I was first learning how to play!
Watch this video to learn how you can play 3 easy chords…
Tips for Playing 3 Easy Chords:
It’s important that you only strum the top three strings as you play through this progression. You do not want to strum the lower strings because the open tones (notes) on the lower strings are not found in the chord. All the notes you need are found in the first 3 strings!
Let me attempt to explain why you only need to use 1 finger so it makes a little more sense…
There are only three notes in a basic chord structure.
In this lesson, one note from each chord is fretted with the finger indicated in the charts below. The other two notes are played as open tones (not fretted).
Charts For Easy Chords:
As you can see, it’s very easy to play C, G and G7 when you only have to use 1 finger… and they sound pretty decent too!
Strumming these chords in the sequence: C – G – G7 – C creates a very common chord progression that can be used to play hundreds of songs.
Here is an easy 4 beat rhythm strum pattern you can use for practicing:
- When you can play through the sequence without missing a beat try adding your 2nd finger to the chord.
- When you can play through the sequence using a 2 finger chord shape, try adding your 3rd finger to the chord.
Full Chord Shapes:
Gradually adding the additional fretted notes shown in the charts above will give your fingers time to develop calluses and strength.
With consistent practice you will eventually be able to play the full chords.
Most beginner and intermediate guitar players typically want to learn how to play songs more than anything else. So if that’s your goal too, it make sense to get familiar with these chords by playing them on a regular basis.