The Basic Chords in Learning to Play Guitar

A marketing graduate from Stonehill College, Anthony Freddura is a product owner and lead business systems analyst at the Epsilon Wakefield firm in Massachusetts. Besides his professional life at Epsilon, Anthony Freddura is passionate about music and enjoys playing guitar at Grace Chapel.

Learning how to play the guitar is a process that requires people to learn the three basic stepping-stone chords, G, C, and D, that form the heart of every keynote of the scale. The G Major chord, also known as the open chord, is the first basic chord an individual should learn. This chord uses open strings that sound great and may be used in various music composition styles, such as country and metal. Some ways to play G guitar chords include finger-picking, picking, and strumming.

After mastering the G-chord, one should learn the C chord or C major. Usually, playing this chord involves placing the index finger on the second string’s first fret, then the 2nd finger on the 2nd string of the fourth fret, and finally, the 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the fourth string.

The last chord, the D major, is the smallest in the major scales and has four keynotes, i.e., D, F, A, and C. It is typically played with the first finger on the 2nd fret third string, the 2nd finger on the 3rd fret second string, and the third finger on the fourth fret of the first string. The 4th string is left open.