Easy chords for beginners

Guitar chords for beginners are something that lots of people are asking for. Chords seem to be one of the first things you learn on the guitar and to know a couple of easy guitar chords is a great way to get started – many songs are actually consisting of only three to four chords. If you find the chords presented here still too hard try the guide to "the easiest guitar chord".

Basic major and minor chords


  • C


  • D


  • Em


  • Am


  • E


  • F


  • G


1= index finger
2= middle finger
3= ring finger
4= little finger
x= don't strum


When the chord is a major, nothing except the tonic note (A is for exemple the tonic of an Am chord) of the chord are written out. A minor chord has a ´m´ after the chord letter. The symbols with numbers give more information how to read the chord charts. If you still are uncertain how to read the diagrams see How to read the chord charts.

Further reading: How to switch between chords
Video lesson: Learn your first open chords

Songs to play on guitar with easy chords

As mention in the text above you could find lots of songs that only have a few chords in them - and the same chords you learn as a beginner is still often used by experienced guitarists. This doesn’t make the tune primitive, it’s just that the writer of the song discovered it before somebody else, or at least put words to it in a unique way. Here are some well-known songs along with chords – it can be just an intro or a fragment; it’s just to give you something to bite into.

The River (B. Springsteen): Em - G - D - C
Knocking On Heavens Door (B. Dylan): G - D - Am7 -- G - D - C
Mr. Tambourine Man (B. Dylan): G - A - D - G -- D - G - A
Heart of Gold (N. Young): Em - C - D - G
Let It Be (The Beatles): G - D - Em - C -- G - D - C - G
Bad Moon Rising (J. Fogerty): D - A - G - D (4x) -- G - D - A - G – D
To Have And To Have Not (Billy Bragg): G - C - G - Em - D - G
Clocks (Coldplay): D - Am - Em

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