Learn the Basics of Guitar

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Nearly any song can be played using just three chords – these are known as triads and contain all of the notes in a particular scale.

A triad can sound very different depending on its intervals; to demonstrate this phenomenon, take a look at the diagram below.

Those unfamiliar with interval theory might benefit from reading my article on intervals before continuing their explorations.


Learning the fundamentals of guitar is one of the first steps towards becoming an accomplished musician. Guitars are versatile instruments, enabling you to shift the mood of any song with just a few strums – perfect for jazz, folk, country and rock genres alike! However, it takes time and dedication to learn these fundamentals; even professional musicians experience bad days! Don’t feel discouraged if your chords sound slightly off or you are having difficulty hitting that high note – these things happen all too frequently when trying something new for the first time – don’t take discouragement easily!

Practice making basic chords with your left hand while adding rhythm with your right. Once comfortable with these fundamentals, move on to more advanced songs such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” Keeping good posture when playing guitar is essential; shoulders should be back, with shoulders straight; feet should be shoulder width apart. Furthermore, be able to comfortably reach the neck of your guitar using your fingertips.


Chords are the foundation of songs. Even if you can’t play melodies yet, knowing some basic chords will take you far in your music career. Harlan Howard was famously quoted saying: ‘Country music is three chords and the truth!

Pressing your finger against the third fret of A string (as indicated in the chart) will produce a C note; adding an E minor chord by adding sevenths will give an additional note, creating an E minor chord.

To successfully play guitar chords, one must first learn how to read a fretboard. Each fret has a small bar separating them, and fingers should be placed behind those bars so that strumming will produce clear notes without muted sounds from squished fingers squishing against the fretboard and muting sound output. While this process requires practice and refinement of finger technique.


Melodies are sequences of pitches played rhythmically; this distinguishes a song from another and remains one of its most memorable aspects.

Melodies can be created in numerous ways, but at its core is a repeating pattern with different notes and a defined pitch shape. A good melody will also feature tension or dissonance among its various components to keep audiences’ interest alive and ensure an engaging listening experience.

One approach to starting a chord melody is playing the chords over and over again while adding one line of improvisation over them. This method can be easily practiced and can be very fun – try playing around with different patterns/shapes/tension to add character to the melody’s character! Harmonizing melody notes over chords also adds another level of complexity; just be careful not to go too far from where your listener’s attention might otherwise lie!


Rhythm is at the core of most songs; it’s what keeps people tapping their foot or bobbing their head to it. Without rhythm, music seems off balance and lacks its compelling forward momentum which makes great music such a pleasure to listen to.

Beginners often focus on learning chords first and trying to master them perfectly, rather than spending the necessary time learning rhythm and how to change chords along with the beat.

Strumming patterns – the up and down rhythm of your picking hand that keeps the beat – should also be practiced regularly. Consider playing along to a metronome at a comfortable tempo to see how well this goes for you; an effective technique would be using downstrums on beat one and upstrums on beat two by counting out beat two with fingers or listening to some of the greatest rhythm guitarists like Joe Strummer or Steve Cropper for examples of this approach.