Lesson 2 - Open Chords E, A and D

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Welcome to Lesson 2 of this Electric Guitar starter course focusing on Rock guitar!

In this lesson, I show you how to play a short guitar riff with just three easy open chords; E majorA major and D major.

If you need more help with these chords, check out this lesson from the free version of my beginners course. 

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Chords & tips!

This is the E major chord. Each number tell you which finger to place down; 1 being index, 2 is middle and 3 is ring finger. Anchor finger in yellow.

This is the 2nd chord we'll learn, the A major chord. Notice the 1st finger is on the same string as it is in the E major chord.

To change from the E chord to the A chord, keep your 1st finger down, lift off the others and slide it to the 2nd fret

If the D chord isn’t ringing out when you change

Don’t keep your 1st finger totally still. Instead, slide it from the middle of the fret on the A to the ‘good’ side of the fret on the D! This is the most common cause of the D chord not sounding good during a song- make sure you slide the 1st finger over!

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The anchor finger is crucial here. Any chord change you struggle with should be practiced for a minute each practice session

Next Up: Lesson 3 - Heavy Rock Style Palm Muting [aka chugs!]

Well done! Let's jump into the next lesson of the course.

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