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6 EASIER Guitar Chords for Kids or Total Beginners

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hi guys Andy Crowley here and in this

guitar lesson we're checking out some

far easier ways to play all the standard

chords that you need to play literally

hundreds of songs now the concept that

we're going for here is by playing all

the strings that we can play a chord

with for example a C chord that does

require an awfully big stretch in your

hand and that is too much for even young

children or some people who are just

starting out and don't quite have that

stretch in their hand yet so what we're

going to do is just use the thinner

three strings and play all the same

chords that are used in all my lessons

on a website or on YouTube and you know

to be able to play any song that you

want to be able to play basically in

this video I'm going to be showing you

the first six chords that I would teach

any beginner but again just using the

thinner three strings and this

essentially means that we'll be just

using one or maybe two fingers and I

think there's only one chord that uses

three fingers that none of them are a

stretch however we will be increasing

your finger dexterity by using the

appropriate finger for that chord not

only just using kind of your first

finger all the time we're going to use

different fingers so we're going to be

developing you and preparing you for the

proper full way to play all these chords

and to check out even more of these

types of chords you'll want to click the

link in the description to my website

where we have far more chords of this

sort of type but as I say we'll be doing

a close-up on the my top six chords with

this technique let me get you in for a

close-up now and show you why me okay so

we're looking at six chords in this

lesson where we're just going to be

playing the thinner three strings and

that's going to make it much easier to

push fingers down and much easier to

play and change between the chords the

chords we're looking at are e C G a and

D they're the six chords that we're

going for and the first one am is e

which is the first chord I teach in my

beginners course where all we need to do

is place our first finger on the third

string at the first fret so the

is the first fret area and the third

string is one two three so we count from

the thinnest string to the thickest

string string 3 fret 1 now normally we'd

have to put our middle finger and third

finger down to play a full emajor chord

but if we just play the thinner three

strings it's still an E major chord and

therefore it's much easier to change

between any of the other chords that

we're going to do and we can take on

different songs are harder songs and

this is a really good little technique

kind of borrowed from ukulele ukulele a'

has this similar sort of thing because a

ukulele has four strings so that's also

another option for kids or people with

smaller hands that or anyone learning

that just wants to get some more songs

under their belt so this is e major

that's all we're going to do now the

great thing about this is we can also

play an E minor by just taking that

first finger off if we just play the

thinner three strings that is an E minor

chord and a minor would normally played

with your first two fingers here

and it sounds sad as all minor chords do

but if we just play the thinner three

strings it still sounds sad but it's

much easier to play so there's a recap a

major and E minor really super easy the

next chord we're going to go for is a C

major chord and we're just going to put

our first finger one string down from

where we were before so this is a C


and this normal C major chord is a

really tricky stretch is a really tough

chord not only to play so this is the

full C major but to change between any

of the chords that we want to do

especially when we want to do some cool

strumming so if we just have this first

finger here and play the thinnest three

strings it's exactly the same as if we

had all the other fingers down we're

only hearing the thinner three strings

and for any major or minor chord so for

any chord we want to play there are

actually only three notes ever sounding

between any of these chords even if

we're playing six strings like for a

emajor chord three of those are e we

have an thickest string is an e the

thinnest string is also an E and string

four is also an e so if we're just

playing the thinner three strings we are

playing all the notes in the chord so

we're all right as a beginner this is

absolutely fine to play our songs with

just well I think is get used to the

biggest stretches so E major first

finger third fret

a minor no fingers we just play the

thinnest three strings nice and easy and

how one sounds sad because it's a minor

chord all the others are major chords

including the C major where we just put

your finger 1st fret of the second

string this time and it's to finish

three strings

I'm strumming here just so we can zoom

in here but we should be strumming over

the sound hole or by your pickups if

you're playing an electric guitar let's

hear that one more time that's our C

major chord now C often happens with a G

chord and a full G chord again is very

tricky it's got a big stretch of your

hand and we're using three fingers and

you might get big lines in your fingers

when you play in it so the way we're

going to play a G while playing the thin

of three strings is by not playing your

first two fingers because they're on the

thicker strings we just don't have to

play them if we only strum the thinnest

three strings and if we play that by the

sound hole there it is

it sounds great and we could play that

with our first finger but then we're not

training the other fingers to get used

to the you know the job that we want to

end them to end up doing which is

playing a standard G major so we're

keeping it the same as that we're just

having the third finger here and the

thinner three strings

there's our G chord now at the end of

this lesson we're going to be covering

some common chord sequences that will

train you to be able to play this with

songs but we're just going to learn to

further chords and this is the a major

and the D major really really common

chords the E major

if you follow my beginners courses like

this and we can also play it like this

with three fingers in a line however if

we're using this method I'm talking of

here we only need two fingers down this

time so not the one this is a little bit

trickier we've got two fingers down and

it kind of makes a rock hand which is

pretty cool and those fingers fingers

two and three so one two three and

they're on the second and third string

each at the second fret so that's our E

major chord if we only strum the thinner

three strings which if I strum down here

sounds absolutely fine and we can use

that in a real song that's our a major

chord all of these are written in a

printable sheet that's on the website if

you click the link in the description

and there's a few extra chords in there

that we can play

there's our major chord and the classic

rock and yeah this final chord is

basically the standard way of doing it

this is the D major chord and there's no

other if we're playing the thinner three

strings we have to have three fingers

down because they're the notes that we

need to ring out to play a D major chord

but we're only going to strum the

thinnest three strings and this is the

real tester can we get these strings

ringing out so this is where we do need

good form spend a little bit more time

on this one we don't want the fingers

right in the middle of the fret area so

this is the fret area here and we want

them all as far to your strumming hand

side of this fret area as possible right

next to the metal fret going down itself

so the frets are here and we want to be

right against that that is made a lot

easier by having the fingers on the tips

and on an angle pointing towards your

strumming hand shoulder this makes it an

awful lot easier and if I show you that

air you can see I'm right on the tips

and curling my fingers over kind of in a

claw hand technique and then it rings

out great

and that is how we play a D major one

finger two and finger three makes a

triangle one more time and there's ad D

major chord now as I say all of those

chords are available on the website but

they don't all happen together they

don't all happen in the same songs now

the real advantage of going for this

method is you can take on some harder

songs and the most common three chords

that go together that I've got on my

list here that we've just covered and

are definitely the G chord the C chord

and the D chord those three chords go

together really well and if we were

playing them the standard way we have a

look just as a quick demo of the the

full proper way to play these chords

there's a G there's a D and there's a C

you can probably see the dexterity the

amount of movement and training that my

fingers have to do to be able to do

those chords however if we use the three

chords that we've just learnt so the

easier way to do it playing the three

strings the G becomes one finger D is

the normal D chord but then C

is a lot easier one two three and that

requires a lot less training so this is

the first chord sequence I'll show you

guys and we're going to just use for

down strums for this little kind of

little tune so we're going to go G 2 3 4

D 2 3


and back to D and we're going to do that

in a loop to play this little song which

is super similar to loads of songs at

level five of my beginners course think

of that I could be months of practicing

guitar play and we can do them

straightaway here by using this little

technique so the G chord again third

finger third fret of the thinnest string

and we just play the thinnest three

strings and we want to strum that four

times one two three four now as you're

doing that you already want to be

thinking where your fingers are going to

end up for the D chord which is here so

my third finger if I think about if I

have my fingers kind of like this or

like this they're not thinking about

where they're going to end up which is

in this shape here so if I keep this

shape of my fingers while I'm playing

the the G chord the first one

I can go straight to it and it's a much

easier change

so keep this shape of your fingers the D

chord shape while you're playing this G

chord and it's much easier let's give

this a go together from the G chord in

two three four G 2 3 2 a D chord D 2 3 4

one more time let's have a go again 2 3

4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 that's the first off

the next step is the C chord and that's

just first finger first fret second

string so not this one it will be this

one and we strum 4 times 1 2 3 4 and

then we go back to the D chord and make

this chord shape and strong four times

so we'll have a little playthrough of

the whole thing now and let's try and do

the whole sequence twice so if we do it

twice in theory we could just keep going

like when you learn to swim if you can

swim five meters you know it only takes

a little bit more training and you can

swim 10 meters and they can swim 100

meters and once you can swim kind of

hundred meters you could keep going for

as long as you want it and it's that

same idea of looping this sequence here

if you keep it going for around 2

minutes and maybe two and a half minutes

that's pretty much the length of most

songs that you're going to be learning

in the early days so you're well

prepared for the songs that you'll be

learning after this so here we are

here's our first G chord and let's play

together in two three four strum 1 2 3 4

D 2 3 2 C first finger 1 2 3 back to the

D so tricky back to the D here and D 2 3

from the top again the G chord in 3 4 1

2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 and finally the D 1

2 3 and pause there now you may be

wondering what this little thing is in

my hand here this is something called a

pick and this is making it makes it much

easier to get a brighter sound if I just

strum the open strings like this

compared to strumming with my thumb or

strumming with my first finger it's a

much brighter and better sound most

likely now you can run your first finger

over the finish strings and that's cool

for this little intro lesson but for

higher level strumming patterns it's

kind of really difficult to do an up

strum and get it sound the same so down

sounds good but up up doesn't it sounds

a lot softer so I would really

recommend trying to get used to using a

pic for the things we're going to do in

the future if you follow my full

beginners course available at handy

guitar co uk so let's have another

playthrough together and then we'll look

at one further sequence that's really

going to help you guys out ready from

the G chord in 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 to

the C C 2 3 4 and D one more time 3 4 E

2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 this time end on

the G 1 strim over G and

finish on the G there great stuff guys

really good so if you can keep up with

that that's absolutely fantastic so the

last thing we're going to cover is a

chord sequence that uses the chord e a

and D these chords are typically easier

than G C and D however these are a

little trickier when we're using this

method cuspid putting more fingers down

so we've got the E chord that's just

your first finger here and there's loads

of songs that use these same chords all

on our website at level two in my

beginners course the ear cord is like

this that's the classic rock hand one

yeah rock and roll and the D major chord

there it is and we're going to come back

to the a back to the classic rock and

strum through as a demo we're going to

go for B two three four a two

for D 2 3 4 a 2

four and that's all we're going to go

for so let's go for that together really

slow and I'll shout out those chords for

you from the E chord in 2 3 2 3 4 & 2 3

2 D D 2 3 4 a 2 3 back to the e e 2 3 4

a 2 3 4 3 2 3 4 a 2 3 back to the e e 2

3 4 a 2 2 a D

and finish on the e again and there's

our final sequence and again when you

progress on to the full we're playing

the chords the finger that you're

already pressing down is doing the same

thing we're just adding the thicker

strings and adding a couple more fingers

the e the a the D and back to the a and

that will make it sound more full it's

where you want to end up but the e VA

and the D we've got loads of songs

around 20 songs now at level 2 of my

free beginner's course available at Andy

guitar co uk or in the playlist in the

link in the description to choose your

song and the G D and C with these easy

chords that's level five of my beginners

course where we have about 15 songs

that's loads of songs really that you

can play using only these three chords

and I've shown you there the most common

sequence that they're going to go in

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guys and bye for now