Dansm's Beginner's Guide to Chords

Dansm's Beginner's Guide to Chords

Welcome to Dansm's Beginner's Guide to Chords! My name is Dan Smith, I'm a first-year grad student at Harvard, and I've been playing guitar for 5 years. This page is designed to help beginners learn to play the two main types of chords. Chords are an extremely important part of guitar; you can't play guitar without knowing how to play them. These pages will guide you through learning open chords and barre chords. If you are a beginner, you may want to check out my beginner's page, because it will give you some more playing instruction. Good luck, have fun, and keep playin!
Musician's Friend Homepage

Guide to Open Chords
open chords are the first basic chords you should learn

Guide to Barre Chords
barre chords are more difficult and more complex, so try them after learning open chords

Easy Songs
a collection of songs that only use open chords--perfect for beginners

Strumming Patterns
if you find strumming difficult or confusing, this page will tell you how to invent your own patterns

Acoustic Songs
perfect your chord-playing skills on these great acoustic songs that use all types of chords

Guitar Chord Theory
once you know how to form chords, this page will tell you why they are played where


Dansm's Acoustic Guitar Page
Dansm's Advice for Beginning Guitarists



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