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Which chords should I learn first?

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I would begin by practicing all of the major chords which will allow you to play songs sooner.  It's easy to find songs that are played using only major chords.

Major chords include:

  • Easy major chords: A, C, D, E, G
  • Difficult major chords: B, F

Then I would move to the minor chords and then to the major-seven chords as these are mingled in with major chords quite often in popular guitar songs and music.

Minor chords include:

  • Easy major chords: Am, Dm, Em
  • Difficult major chords: Bm, Cm, Fm, Gm

Major-seven chords include:

  • Easy major chords: A7, C7, D7, E7, G7
  • Difficult major chords: B7, F7
chord chartIt's important to have a detailed chord chart (you can find them in book or poster form) to show you how to play these basic chords using the first 4 frets of the guitar as well as other optional locations as well.

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