Must-Know Guitar Chords For Left-Handed Guitarists

When playing chords, keep the padded part of your thumb near your neck to prevent fingers from pulling away from strings and playing independently.

Guitar chords are made up of multiple strings fretted together with your index finger. A chord chart represents each string from highest to lowest position.

A Minor

This chord forms part of the CAGED system (Chords A-G And E-D), which helps players navigate the fretboard by using common chord shapes played in different positions. Power chords may also be known as fifth chords as they contain both root and fifth notes of a major scale.

Pensive classic rock songs such as U2’s “One” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” often rely on this chord for its dark sound.

Strum the top five strings while muting the low E (6th string). Use your index finger to barre the bottom three strings at the fifth fret using your index finger.

Practice switching chords until each is played cleanly without buzzing or muted notes, taking time but ultimately producing noticeable improvements over time. Be sure to place your fingers close to but not on the frets for best results and to reduce fret buzz.

D Major

As its name implies, this chord is one of our essential beginner chords; it features prominently in many songs and boasts a beautiful sound. Like all major chords it is relatively straightforward to play once you figure out where to place your fingers.

Use your first finger to form a bar across the 2nd fret, pressing down on all four strings of the guitar with it. Your third finger may remain idle if that is desired.

When strumming this chord, all notes should be crisp and unmuffled – it isn’t uncommon for newer players to have dead strings that they only discover upon picking each note individually. If this happens to you, take a break and check that no parts of your fingers are pressing against other places than should be the case.

Before becoming proficient at playing this chord without needing to refer to its chart and ensure it sounds clean, practice makes perfect! Don’t forget about correct finger placement as well as not pressing too hard; doing this could result in painful flattened fingers!

C Major

C Major is another indispensable chord, appearing frequently in popular songs. This chord comprises C (root), E (major third) and G (major fifth). Additionally, unlike some beginner chords this one can be played open position allowing left handed guitarists who encounter chord charts meant for right handed guitar players to use it as a movable barre chord shape if necessary.

When playing a chord, it is essential that your fingers are correctly positioned so as not to touch other strings and mutes them. Press down with enough force so that each string rings clearly without buzzing against fret wires; finger placement may be challenging for beginners as too much pressure could be put on fretting fingers; take time and practice this part of your playing until all fretting fingers can be played without effort on both hands.

G Major

G major is often one of the first chords introduced to beginning guitarists and is widely used across popular music styles – it serves as the official key of both God Save The Queen and New Zealand’s national anthem, yet can also be found in classical, country and rock genres.

G Major chord is an easy one to learn, quickly adaptable across keys as it only utilizes three fingers. Practice switching back and forth between G Major shapes and other simple chords like C Major in order to increase agility and speed when changing chords.

Fretting chords requires applying just the right amount of pressure in order for them to ring clearly without buzzing or muted notes. Curve your fingers slightly when fretting chords and don’t press too hard or you could risk damaging the strings. At first strum the chords slowly before gradually speeding them up as you gain more experience playing them.