Day 1 - E & A Chords and 'For What It's Worth' by Buffalo Springfield

Hi I'm Andy Crowley, and welcome to this 10 day guitar starter course!

Playing guitar as close to everyday as possible is the BEST WAY TO IMPROVE in the shortest amount of time - especially for total beginners!

I created this to also encourage you to pickup your guitar everyday for 10 days- even if it's just for 10 minutes! 

Day 1 is my absolute beginners first lesson. Here, I show you how to play the easiest 2 chords on guitar, and then teach you how to play the EASY song called 'For What It's Worth' by a band called Buffalo Springfield.

Once you've got the hang of it, scroll further down this page to see a full cover of me playing the whole so for you to then play along with! In that video, I count you in a guide you through how to play a FULL SONG on guitar!

The full chord/ lyrics sheet for this song is available under the 'play along' video and by clicking the 'Chords' icon at the top of this page!

So here it is, first lesson, day 1 - and scroll down to see the writeup and play along video!

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Introduction to Neck 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.

Finger placement

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!

The easiest 2 chords on guitar

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

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If you're still really struggling after watching the video and using these notes above - no problem! Try this lesson from my full Beginners Guitar Course as a little pre workout, then come back to this when you're ready!


The intro of the song we're going for uses something called 'Spreads', which is just one strum per chord on beat 1 of each bar.

Intro & after chorus

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The verses and chorus use the same chord sequence but we strum on the beat, so 4 strums per chord repeated until the breaks post chorus.

Verses & chorus strumming

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Song 1 - For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield - Full demo & Play along!

Once you’ve completed the lesson, watch Andy demonstrate the full song and play along using this video!

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What's next?

If you've successfully played along with Andy in the full demo video above, you're ready to move on to Day 2 of this Starter course where we'll be checking out a NEW chord and another easy song PLUS a new easy melody!

If you need more help and want to make the fastest possible progress as a beginner, you may wish to checkout the more detailed lessons at Level 1 of Andy's  complete Beginners Course, where the chords, changes, strumming etc are broken down into separate videos. The online version of Andy's 'Beginners Course' course now includes playable interactive TAB just like the play along video on this page!

Get these videos plus loads more content including practice routines and tips as part of Andy's FULL 63 video Beginners Course on streaming + download, DVD and physical paperback book!