How to Play Guitar Chords Using a Left Handed Chord Book – A Quick Guide For Beginners
Things might look daunting if you are just starting out on guitar but I can promise that it won’t be as difficult as you think It will just take a little time and some daily practice to get used to playing all the chord shapes for a new song.
So how do you know which chord to start with? Well Tunings are the biggest problem for beginners and the acoustic guitar has a different tuning than the electric guitar so the first thing to do is find out what tuning the acoustic guitar is in. You can usually find this out by getting down to the bottom of the guitar and there you will find the tuning knobs. Turn them to tune and tune up or down depending on which string you are tuning and turn them from left to right.
Next we must solve the problem of where to start with our left hand. If you are playing on the higher frets this means the notes are higher in pitch and would be played with your thumb between the frets but if you are playing closer to the fret marks with your index finger then the notes will be played with you thumb floating in the middle of the guitar neck.
There are many different fingering patterns that you can use when playing chords on the guitar so I’m going to show you one of my favorites at the first fret position.
You might be wondering why you can use this fingering pattern in the first position. Well it’s because the index finger rules! This finger is used to cover any open string that you don’t want to strum so that you can make chord shapes easier to play.
So you just have to remember that this finger doesn’t have to be anywhere else but right in the middle of the back of the guitar neck.
You can cover the entire first fret with this finger and strum 6 chords simultaneously. Don’t worry about normalizing them – just learn the basic fingering that I show you and you can easily memorize what fret the pattern is on and use it from there get used to a good rhythm guitar player.
This is a very common fingering pattern that you can use for the patterns from the second fret on up because it has the effect of making them quite easy to play.
How did I figure out the fingering pattern to use?
First I used G major and C major to find the G chord. Remember that you can use just the G chord for this pattern. When you have found the G chord move your whole hand up the neck so that you are only strumming 4 strings and 4 frets. Here is the G chord:
Now you know what finger to use to cover the 4th and 5th frets in the G major so you can cover them with 4th and 5th frets by moving your hand up the whole neck. Here is the C major chord:
And finally E minor:
3rd finger for G, 2nd finger for C and 1st finger for the open strings. Make sure you are covering all the strings with the same finger. Remember when you are trialling a chord shape that you should place your fingers 1st on top of the 2nd and 3rd and then on top of the 4th and 5th.
Now you know how to play beginner guitar chords. Next you will have to learn a few scales. The easiest are the pentatonic and blues scales. You should spend a few days practising the scales daily. You will require longer but you will enjoy it a lot more.
Now you know a way to play beginner guitar chords and scales. You should now know about tabs and guitar chord charts. You can find them athttp://www.stringsonaguitar.com/ and most shops.
Now you have your choice of which song you learn to play and which one is best for you. Some songs are easy and some are better for an intermediate player. My recommendation is to learn the songs that you like.