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Beginner Guitar Chords

There are fifteen guitar chords that I recommend you learn first:

A   A7   Am   B7   C   C7   D   D7   Dm   

E   E7   Em   G   G7   F

These are the easiest chords to learn, and you will be able to play simple chord progressions in many easy songs.

Practice these chords every day, and over time your left hand will "remember" the various chord shapes.

Click here for a Printable Beginner Guitar Chord Chart.

Beginner Guitar Chord Chart

Some easy guitar songs using these beginner guitar chords are:
  1. 500 Miles - Proclaimers (A, Bm, D, G)
  2. Angel of the Morning - Juice Newton (G, C, D, Bm, Am)
  3. Annie's Song - John Denver (Am, C, D, Em, G)
  4. Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd (C, Dm, F, G)
  5. Ghost Riders in the Sky - Sons of Pioneers (Am, C, Dm, F)
  6. Help Me Make It Through The Night - Willie Nelson (A, A7, D, E, G)
  7. House of the Rising Sun - Animals (Am, C, D, E, F)
  8. If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks (Am, C, D, Em, G)
  9. Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man - Travis Tritt (A, D, E)
  10. Leaving On a Jet Plane - John Denver (C, F, G)
  11. Picture - Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow (G, C, D, Em)
  12. She's Got The Look - Roxette(A, C, D, G)
  13. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd (C, D, F, G)
  14. Stuck In The Middle With You - Steve Miller (A, A7, C, D, G, G7)
  15. The First Cut Is The Deepest - Sheryl Crow (A, D, G)
  16. The Wild Rover - Dubliners (C, D7, G)
  17. Wavin' Flag - K'naan (Am, C, F, G)
  18. What I Like About You - Romantics (A, D, E)
  19. With or Without You - U2 (C, D, Em, G)
  20. Where Have All the Flowers Gone - Pete Seeger (C, F, G)

Open Guitar Chords

Generally an open guitar chord is a chord with at least one open note (not fretted), and placed low on the guitar neck for ease of play, with as few fingers as possible.

The open chords "ring" out because of more vibration.

Open guitar chords are usually the easiest chords to learn for beginner guitar players.

Basically there are "major" and "minor" open chords:

Major chords consist of the root note and intervals of the major third and the perfect fifth. Major chords have a bright, happy sound.

Minor chords consist of the root note and intervals of a minor third and the perfect fifth. Minor chords have a dark, sadder sound.

Guitar Open Chords - Major

Guitar Open Chord Chart - Major Chords

Guitar Open Chords - Minor

Guitar Open Chord Chart - Minor Chords

Power Guitar Chords

Power chords are used by rock guitarists and guitar players that prefer a more powerful sound and a shape that's easy to move around.

Power chords are good for a fast chord change, or playing with the distortion effect.

A power chord has 2 or 3 notes and consists of the root note and the fifth degree, and can contain another root note (the octave) in addition. The power chord is missing the third degree, which normally determines whether the chord is major or minor. This makes power chords fit with either a major or minor scale.

Power chords are named from their root note, and then a "5" - indicating the fifth whole step up.
Example: G5 = root note G, plus D.



Most Frequently Used Power Chords

Most Frequently Used Guitar Power Chords

The most common open-position power chords are E5, A5, and D5. Notice that the power chords are just the lowest notes of the normal open E, A and D chords.

Also note that movable power chords are just the lowest notes of the normal movable barre chords.

Most Frequently Used Power Chords - Variations

Most Frequently Used Power Chord Variations

Some famous songs that use power chords are:

  1. All I Want - The Offspring (C, D, E, G - movable)
  2. All The Small Things - Blink 182 (C5, F, F5 G5)
  3. American Idiot - Green Day (C#, D#, F#, G#)
  4. Basket Case - Green Day (Ab5, Bb5, C5, Db5, Eb, Eb5)
  5. Beat on the Brat - Ramones (A5, B5, E2, E5, F#5)
  6. Better Together - Jack Johnson (movable 3-string e-based power chord)
  7. Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones (A5, E5, E5, B5)
  8. Buddy Holly - Weezer (movable 3-string e-based power chord - F#, G#, A, D, C#, E)
  9. Feel Like Making Love - Bad Company (B, C5, D5, E, F5, G5)
  10. For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica (A5, B5, C5, E5, G5)
  11. God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols (A5, B5, F5)
  12. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar (E, A, C#m, B, B/D#)
  13. Holiday - Green Day (Ab, Ab5, C5, Db, Db5, Eb, Eb5, Fm, F5)
  14. I Wanna Be Your Dog (B, C, D, E, F#, G)
  15. Iron Man - Black Sabbath (B5, D5, E5, F#5, G5)
  16. Johnny Be Good - Chuck Berry (A, D, E)
  17. Just What I needed - The Cars (E,E5, B5, C#5, G#5, A5, B, C#m G#, B6, E6)
    Sheetmusic for Just What I needed - the Cars - from
  18. Living After Midnight - Judas Priest (A5, B5, D5, E5, F#5, G5)
  19. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen (A, D, G5)
  20. Paranoid - Black Sabbath (Video Lesson)
  21. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly (A, D, E, F - printable tab with lyrics)
  22. Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions (A5, D, D5, E5, G5)
  23. Self-Esteem - Offspring (A5, C, D5, F5, G5)
  24. Sheena is a Punk Rocker - Ramones (Movable - A, B, C, F, G)
  25. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  26. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
  27. The KKK Took My Baby Away - Ramones (Movable Power Chords - A#, C, C#, D#, F, G, G#)
  28. What's My Age Again - Blink 182 (Movable Power Chords - B, C#, D#, F#)
  29. When I Come Around - Green Day (A5, C5, D5, Em, G5)
  30. Good Riddance - Green Day (C2, D, D5, Em, G, G5)
  31. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
  32. You Really Got Me - The Kinks (Tablature)

Coming soon:

Barre Chord Chart
Movable Chord Chart
Bass Chord Chart
Chord Progression Chart
Key Chord Chart

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