In this acoustic guitar lesson series we’re going to learn to play TEN songs with the three easiest chords to play on guitar; E major, A major and D major. This is the next step after learning a few songs from the ‘Ten songs with two chords’ series.
A to D change (most frequent in songs at this level)
Same principal should be used as in Level 1 for the E & A change. Keep your first finger down and just lift off fingers 2 & 3 to change chord!
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!
Remember these top tips to keep your chords sounding great!
Press down strings with the tips of your fingers only
Use a pick! Picks give a clearer sound. Use a medium one (.73mm) to begin with!
Don't play any strings with an X
Don't touch the underside of your guitar with the palm your chord hand- this will mute the thinnest E string!
Changing between E, A and D
The anchor finger is crucial here. Any chord change you struggle with should be practiced for a minute each practice session. With 3 chord, we also have 3 possible chord changes. They are;
E to A (as in Level 1)
A to D (new for this level)
E to D (the hardest change, but also the least used)
Or check out any of the 10 songs you can play with just these three easy chords!
Lean On Me - Bill Withers (Full video lesson)
Have A Nice Day - Stereophonics
Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen
I've Got A Feelin' - The Beatles
I Have A Dream - ABBA
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
I Can't Explain - The Who
Wild Thing - The Troggs
If you need more help or want to make paster 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.
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