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Learn To Play GuitarIf you have never picked up the guitar, but you really want to learn how to play, this is the lesson for you. By learning just the two chord shapes in this lesson you will be able to play a ton of songs. The idea behind this lesson is not to play perfectly, but to get started making some real music as quickly as possible. If you, as a beginner, can play some cool music right away, you will be encouraged and a lot more excited about learning to play the guitar. Your fingers will probably be a bit sore after playing for a while but that will pass after a few weeks.

The chord progression that we will be using in this lesson is E, A, B, and E. Start off by putting your index finger on the 7th fret of the second thickest string. Now put your 3rd finger on the 9th fret of the 4th string and your pinky on the 9th fret of the 3rd string. If you have a pick, hold it between your right index finger and your thumb, if you don’t have a pick just use your fingers. Strum all six strings. That is an E chord.

Put your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string and your pinky on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string. This is an A chord. This is the same shape as the first chord in the progression, but instead of using your index finger, you just have an open 5th string. Strum all of the strings except for the Low E string.

Take the same shape that we first learned and instead of having your index finger on the 7th fret of the 5th string, put it on the 2nd fret. Now your 3rd finger should be on the 4th fret of the 4th string and your pinky should be on the 4th fret of the 3rd string. Strum all of the strings except for the low E. This is a B chord.

One chord left to learn. The last chord is a regular open E chord. This is the only chord where you have to learn a new shape. Take your index finger and place it on the 1st fret of the 3rd string. Now place your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string and your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string. Strum all six strings.

Now that you have all of the chords learned, let’s put a basic strumming pattern with the progression. To start out, lets keep it simple. Use all down strokes with your right hand. You should have eight down strokes for every chord. Take you time changing chords at first and try to make the notes as clear as possible. If you are not hearing all of the notes in the chords, make sure that you are pressing down on the strings hard enough. If the chords still don’t sound right, make sure that you are not muting some strings with your fingers that are fretting the notes. Concentrate on keeping a steady rhythm with your right hand.

Listen for these chord and progressions like this one in music that you like to listen to. Take the shapes that you have learned in this lesson and try mixing them up to come up with your own songs. Just experiment. At this point there really is not right or wrong. Be patient with yourself and remember to have fun learning the guitar.

This Lesson Has 45 Comments

  • prateek says:

    hey nate!!
    first i wanna thank you for the guitars lesson’s..
    they are amazing.
    i wanna ask u, the above chords are to be played in the same pattern or v can mix it up!!
    if so, can u show me how?

    • Nate Savage says:

      Mix these guys up some. They sound pretty great together regardless of the order.

    • Anna says:

      @haubsen yeah you’re hilarious. you’re 26? your abmeeasnt bears the wit of a 10 year old. you just made a bigger idiot of yourself.This user is proficient as a teacher for showing you how you can play around with chords. It makes it interesting and develops a better understanding of the essence of the chord instead of playing it alone.

  • Ashley says:

    Hey nate i am so lost, can you help me?

  • FRANCK says:

    very nice thanks a lot

  • robert says:

    any other???????

  • nathan says:

    hey nate, im new to guitar and i can play fast but i have problems with reaching to muti-strings at once.I not sure if i have a small hand or something is there any lesson for this?

  • prathmesh says:

    wohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo……………………. thnks a lot

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  • tsholofelo says:

    I am so freak en lost I just don’t get it right plz plz help me. Sending me a video will do way good better

  • Katy says:

    I really want to learn to play but I’m really slow with stuff like this.. is there an even more basic lesson?

  • Doug says:

    I know it sounds silly but I can’t seem to find what the black circle on the chord chart means. I know the open circles mean the string is played open and the X means not played. Thanks

    • Jeff says:

      The black circle means that the played open string is the root note of the chord. For instance, the Emaj chord includes playing both the high and low E strings. The same is true when a fretted string is the same note as the chord root and the number appears in a black circle instead of white. Hope that helps.

  • Logan says:

    hey nate..

    i have a guitar that sounds terrible compared to yours. what kind of guitar is that electric one so i can look into buying one like that? Thanks,Logan

  • Iain says:

    At the ripe old age of 43 I have decided to learn the guitar for a softer sound like brass! My problem is that I tend to muffle the e string with the flesh at the base of my fingers puckering up on the edge of the fret board. I’ve tried to stop this happening but find it almost impossible when playing the E-string for example on chord G. Is there a simple way of avoiding that?

  • michael A. beck says:

    Nate, you have some great vidoes.

  • granville says:

    God bless u man, thanks

  • sheila says:

    Thanks a lot nice.

  • Jenesis says:

    I’ve been looking for something easy and basic for a guitar beginer like me. Finally found something!!! Thanks a lot Nate! <3

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  • Eric says:

    That was coooooooooll thanks for the lesson

  • mark says:

    its realy frustrating i can get my fingers in the right positions what do i do what will help? any tips?

    • Takayuki says:

      Anyone and their dog can learn to play the guitar. Whether or not they will be intitesreng enough to listen to is another matter. Out of all the guitarists in the world, something like 0.001% are actually *good*. In other words they stand out from the rest because they bring originality and soul, something the vast majority of players completely lack.

  • Eric says:

    Hi, I was wondering: what is the title of the symbol used to indicate a “free-stroke” on the acoustic guitar? I know it looks like a U. What would you call that symbol? I know the title of the symbol used to indicate a “rest-stroke” is called a “Marcato” or carrot mark, but nothing I’ve read can tell me the title of the “Free-stroke” mark.

  • :( says:

    this is very confusing to me…

  • Brett says:

    To be honest the first chord shown sounds like crap when I play it… And I’ve been at that one chord for a while. Something tells me it’s explained wrong

  • meric says:

    Hie Nate,
    Ds is my first love letter to you.So take it easy but take it, please.
    Your lessons are awesome and you are teaching us, i think technically the right way.Your camera angles are perfect for us learners.Also the flow your lessons have is very productive and easily digestable.This shows how deeply you know guitar playing.YOU ARE A CLASS ACT!

    My sincere thanks to you for showing me light to the pathways of guitar learning and making my journey easy .


  • bablu says:

    its sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo dood

  • Navi says:

    This is sooooooo cool. Thanks, finally i can start from somewhere

  • dylanm says:

    need help with learning to move my hands faster.

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  • jamie says:

    i like the way he teches

  • success says:

    i really one to learn this guitar seriously

  • jessica says:

    im sooooo lost!

  • aaron creed says:

    Awesome video nate could you possibly make a video to show us a song to ask a girl out

  • Jadey says:

    is Nate’s guitar an electric guitar or i just really can’t get the strum/sounds right?

  • Jekami says:

    Gr8t job

  • Paige-louise says:

    Hi Nate

    I have dyslexia and have been told I have to learn guitar for one of my school subjects I have tried and tried but it seems I cannot get to grips with playing the chords or moving from one to another easily I hope you could help me or give me so good advice

    Many thanks paige-Louise

    • Nate Savage says:

      Hey Paige, Most people have trouble with this at first. I have a friend with dyslexia who is a pretty good player. I would recommend learning only two simple chords at first. Once you have those two down well you can then start trying to switch between them.


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