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8 Guitar Chords You Must Know

If you are just starting out on the road to learning how to play the guitar one of the best things that you can do is learn the basic guitar chords in the open position.

Now, I believe it was the great Chet Atkins that articulated “I never made a dime above five”.  What Atkins was referring to was that most of what he did on the guitar happened below the fifth fret.  It is therefore a strong endorsement of learning chords in the open position.  Not only will learning open chords propel you to guitar mastery quicker but all of them are used in just about any song you can think of that you would want to play on the guitar.




In this great video from Nate Savage he takes you through how to play the eight guitar chords that you must know if you’re going to master the guitar.  Now, if you already know these chords that’s fine, but stick around, as Nate gives some great tips on making your chords sound better by ensuring that your chord transitions are smooth and clean.

The eight chords you will be tackling in this lesson are: G major, C major, D major, F major, E major, A major, E minor, and A minor.  Don’t be daunted by the number of chords, it may seem that there is a lot to take in.  But persevere and give them all a go.  You will be surprised that within a brief time you will have mastered these chords and will want to move on and master more.

If you want to learn a little bit more about chords we have written a couple of useful articles on Guitar Chord Basics and Guitar Chord Theory which are well worth a read.

If you enjoyed the video lesson then you can check out more from Nate Savage on his YouTube channel.

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