In this article I will teach you how to start playing guitar songs with only 6 to 8 guitar chords.
This is not a guitar mastery article. It is meant to help you learn guitar fast so you can play the songs you want on the guitar.
Things You Will NeedA Capo
Learn these 6 to 8 guitar chordsWith a capo, you can play many easy guitar songs with just 6 chords.
The chords you will want to learn are C Major, D Major, E Minor, F Major, G Major and A Minor.
Some songs will occasionally use D Minor and B Minor, though most of the time you will be using the above 6 chords for the majority of the song.
Practice the chords by playing songsNext you should practice playing songs that use these chords in their songs.
A short list of songs that use these chords are listed below:
With or without you - by U2
Complicated - by Avril Lavigne
You and Me - by Lifehouse
When you say nothing at all - by Ronan Keating
Viva La Vida - by Coldplay
You can find more songs like these by going to sites like Ultimate Guitar and transposing songs to either the C key or the G key.
To transpose songs on Ultimate Guitar, use the transposing tool to transpose the song until the first chord of the song you want to play is either C or G.
This will allow you to transpose the song to either the C key or the G key. The reason you want to do this is because playing songs using the C or G key progressions allows you to play the song with the chords you learned in step 1.
The first note of a song is usually the key of the song, though this rule does not apply in all cases.
By doing this though, you might find that the song you are playing does not match the pitch or the key of the song you are trying to play. This is when you use the capo to change the pitch of the guitar WITHOUT having to change your finger positions.
Use the capo to transpose the song to the correct keyThe key of a song is basically determines the main chord progression that a song will follow.
You notice how some chords sound good when they are played together and some don't?
Well, this is because chords in the same key go together harmonically. If you try to play a song with chords from 2 different keys, your song is going to sound alittle odd, like a trumpet suddenly playing out of tune.
The song DO a deer a female deer is an example of a song in the key of C.
Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti otherwise known as C, D, E, F, G, A, B all go together harmonically because they belong to the same key of C.
Trying to explain this properly will require a whole new article, so I won't go into this in much more detail here.
All you need to know is that if you find that the chords you have don't sound the same as the song you are trying to play, you should try clipping the capo to different frets one at a time until the chords sound right.
If your song is using mainly C, G, Am and F in the song, then clip the capo to the following positions on your guitar to transpose your chords to the listed keys.
2nd fret = D key
4th fret = E key
5th fret = F key
7th fret = G key
9th fret = A key
If your song is using mainly G, D, Em and C in the song, then clip the capo to the following positions on your guitar to transpose your chords to the listed keys.
2nd fret = A key
4th fret = B key
5th fret = C key
7th fret = D key
9th fret = E key
The most commonly used keys tend to be C, D, E, F, G and A, so try these first whenever you're transposing with a capo.
If you can't seem to get the right sound, try clipping to the frets in between the ones listed. In most cases you won't need to do this, though sometimes it happens.
I've listed three steps that you can use as a guide to learn guitar fast so you can play songs. With just 8 chords (6 mainly) and a capo, you will be able to play alot of easy guitar songs.
Most popular songs use simple chords so you'll be in luck most of the time. Some songs may not use the exact same chord you learned, for instance you might get a chord like F/B, you should be able to get away with playing just F.
Overtime when you feel more confident with changing chords and you have memorized the 6 to 8 chords by heart, you can move on to more major and minor chords.
The idea here is to help you build up your basics and to have fun doing it so that you'll feel more motivated to push your guitar learning to the next level.
Tips & WarningsThe hardest part for beginners is usually being able to press and change chords seemlessly.
You just need to be patient and keep practicing. The G, D, Em, C chord progression is one of the easiest progressions to learn, so you might want to start with these chords.