How to Play the Three Most Popular Guitar Chords

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By far the three most popular chords on the guitar are the G Major, C Major and D Major Chords. Not only are they the most popular they are also the easiest to learn for beginner guitar students. So, in this article, I am going to explain how you can easily play them for yourself :)

Let’s get into it…

The G Major Chord

The G major chord or simply the G chord, which is the first chord that will be played, can be seen in this diagram. Place the index finger of your left hand over the 5th string, pressing it down against its 2nd fret. Next, place your middle finger on the 6th string, pressing it down against its 3rd fret. Finally, place your ring finger on the 1st string, pressing it down against its 3rd fret. Make sure you curl all your fingers so that you are only pressing and touching the mentioned strings.

Now, while holding a pick in your right hand, let your hand flow downwards, striking all six strings with the pick. You may have to practice this for a while until you can hear all six notes ringing simultaneously. Thus, you have learned to play the G chord, your first chord on the guitar.

Note: During practice, also strike each string individually, beginning with the sixth one. If you feel that you are not able to hear a note ringing clearly enough, it likely has something to do with your hand on the fretboard. Maybe you not pressing the strings on the fretboard hard enough or perhaps one of your fingers on the fretboard are touching the string you are striking. Mistakes like these can prevent a note from sounding like it is supposed to.

The C Major Chord?

The C major chord or simply the C cord is the next chord you will be learning and playing it is as easy as playing G major chord.

Place the index finger of your left hand over the 2nd string, pressing it down against its 1st fret. Next, place your middle finger on the 4th string, pressing it down against its 2nd fret. Finally, place your ring finger on the 5th string, pressing it down against its 3rd fret.

To play a G major chord, you will have to strike all of the strings starting from the fifth one, i.e. the bottom five strings.

The D Major Chord?

Playing the C Major chord or simply the C cord can be a bit difficult since the fingers get squeezed into a tight spot on the fretboard. However, once you have practiced and can play the above two chords to perfect, you will not find it very hard to begin playing the D major chord effortlessly too.

Place the index finger of your left hand over the 3rd string, pressing it down against its 2nd fret. Next, place your middle finger over the 1st string, pressing it down against its 2nd fret. Finally, place your ring finger over the 2nd string, pressing it down against its 3rd fret.

To play a D major chord, you will have to strike all of the strings starting from the fourth one, i.e. the bottom four strings.

Note: When playing the G major and C major chord, make sure you only strike the strings mentioned and avoid striking the strings that have to be left out. Also, make sure that you can hear all the notes ringing clearly enough when practicing these two chords.

Conclusion

Whether you intend to play the guitar as a hobby or wish to make a career out of it, you will always end up playing these three chords, so it is best that you familiarize yourself with them. Practice makes perfect, and it will be integral that you no longer need to look at the diagrams to play these chords perfectly. You must know where your fingers should be placed on the fretboard and which strings you should be striking and leaving out when playing a certain chord, along with knowing that chord’s name.

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