Learn Guitar Chords: 5 Easy Tips for Learning Guitar Chords

We all have once dreamed of becoming musicians or, at the very least, playing an instrument. Playing the piano seems like the most straightforward choice, but even they require practice and dedication to perform. The guitar is a fan-favourite; an instrument present in many places around the world and the go-2 choice when it comes to street playing. And even if this isn’t your agenda, meaning that you want to play the guitar for yourself, there are a couple of things to look out for that will speed up the process of learning to play it.

So, without further ado, here are five easy tips for learning guitar chords; an inevitable process that you must go through if you are to play the guitar like a pro. The theory is just as critical as practice, if not more (no matter what others say), so pay close attention to what we’re going to say – you’ll help yourself immensely!

Learn to Read Chord Diagrams

Chord diagrams, or chord charts, are an essential part of a guitar.

player’s arsenal. They are the visual representation of a guitar; more specifically, the guitar neck. See, chord progression and even chords themselves are unique to the guitar and other stringed instruments. Not in the sense that pianos and other instrument types don’t have chords, but the way you play them on stringed instruments is vastly different than from a piano.

Chord diagrams are the most common method of learning how to play guitar chords since the diagrams themselves are easily relatable to the guitar.

Bend All Three Knuckles

Once you start playing the guitar as it should be played, everything will hurt. Your fingers will hurt, your knuckles will hurt, your hands will hurt, and so will your arms. However, you must push through this tough period if you genuinely want to play the guitar. Once your body gets used to everything – you’ll be able to do anything!

In this case, as soon as you pick up the guitar and start learning chords, bend all three knuckles. This gives you the most control over the strings and the smallest possible surface too (which is highly essential as pressing down with your entire finger top can distort the sound or disable your capability to play some chords that are tight).

Learn to Switch Between Chords

Switching between chords might seem confusing at first, but it’s quite simple. All you have to do is practice, practice, practice! Even the best guitar players in the world weren’t born with the ability to play the guitar amazingly well. They practiced for a long time and have had a lot of motivation and dedication as well.

Anyway, switching between chords is rather simple. Just move your hand and modify the position of your fingers accordingly. If you can hear the sound of your fingers running across the strings – that’s fine, it’s supposed to happen. Keep practicing!

Start Practicing Three-Chord Songs (G – C – D)

Never start big outright. You might not like the most basic of chords (whether because of the sound or the simplicity), but you’ll have to go through them and learn them entirely if you want to become a great guitar player.

Additionally, these three cords are the most common ones found in music. Countless songs feature them which is another reason to practice them the most (since you’ll have access to a lot of references).

Make Sure You Know Which Chords You’re Playing

People can get easily carried away by their guitar playing, and suddenly the chords sound nothing like how they actually should sound. This is either due to experimentation, guitar strings, or tuning. But it’s an inescapable part of learning how to play the guitar.

You should always know which chords you’re playing because you might learn things incorrectly. Be unique and experiment, but never forget the root of the chord. If you can’t achieve this yourself, there are some great apps and programs which may help you!

Practice Your Chords Daily

Skipping even a single day of practice can set you back weeks in the grand scheme of things. If you want to play the guitar like a pro, practicing each day and learning new chords is a must. You should also practice the chords you already know every day as well until you cement your knowledge and skills.

In any case, we already said that practice makes perfect, so keep that in mind the next time you are unsure of how good you’re progressing!

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