|Step Two: Your First Open Guitar Chords|
Now that you have all of the basic knowledge that you need to start playing the guitar it is time to learn how to play your first open guitar chords. Open guitar chords refer to guitar chords that are played mostly on the first three frets and use at least one open string. You already know how to read chord diagrams so now you will learn some tips to help you start playing great sounding open chords.
Let me warn you, your fingers will hurt for the first few weeks or months of playing the guitar. I want to encourage you to press on through pain. Once you have some calluses built up on your fingers you will be able to make some great sounding music pain free.
One of the first things to remember when you are making chords is to relax your fretting hand. You will need to build up some strength to make the chords but you shouldn’t stress your hand out. Be patient and give yourself some time to build up the necessary strength in your hand. Practice often and your chords will start to sound clean and clear.
The next thing that you need to remember is to curve your fingers so that you are coming down on the very tips of them. If you don’t, your fingers can accidentally lay over the neighboring strings and mute them. This can make your guitar chords sound pretty bad.
Go through this guitar lesson video on open chords and try to memorize each shape. Do your best to get each chord down because you will be using them quite often on your guitar journey. Be patient with yourself but practice often. Get ready for step 3! If you want to learn more guitar chords you can click here.