Basic Guitar Chords
Now that your guitar is in tune and you are able to press your fingers on the fretboard to play notes, let's learn to play some easy chords.
Chord grid frames are used for instructional purposes.
They are basically just a gridded representation, or diagram of your guitar neck, that show you where to put your fingers to play chords or notes.
The chords we will be working on are named G Major, written just as "G" or "GM" with a capital M, and E minor, written as "Em" with a lower case m. Major chords sound happy and and minor chords sound a little sad.
"G" = Third finger on the 3rd fret 1st string. "Em" = Third finger on the 2nd fret 4th string.
Playing the Chords.
Placing your fingers.
With your thumb in position as described above, curl your fingers around the neck. Use the tip of your finger to press the string. Again, it's almost as if you were trying to put a finger print on the string. Notice that we press just behind the fret and not on the metal fret itself. Use your thumb and fingers together sort of like a clamp. You shouldn't have to press very hard though. Keep your fingers relaxed.
In the next lesson you will learn more about strumming.