All diagrams from Andy's Beginners Course book (paperback or download) available here.
The E Major Chord
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.
Introduction to Chord Diagrams aka Chord Boxes
Each string is shown by a horizontal line. We number these strings 1 to 6 from the thinnest to the thickest.
Each vertical line represents a fret, which are the metal strips down the guitar.
We call the area between the metal strips fret 1, fret 2 etc. Place your fingers towards the side of the fret closest to you, rather than in the middle. This really helps the notes ring out and sound better when you play!
For example, this is where to place your 1st finger on the 1st string at the 1st fret!
Finger placement/ buzzing etc
You must place your fingers at the near side of the frets. This is the most common cause of ‘fret buzz’, an unwanted sound where the strings don’t ring out and buzz.
Top tips to make your chords sound great!
Press down with the tips of your fingers only
Place your fingers at the ‘good’ side of the fret
Use a pick! Picks give a clearer sound. Use a thin one (I use .73mm)
Don’t play any strings with an X
Don’t touch the underside of your guitar with the palm your chord hand (see pick to the right!)