Play 10 Songs with E, A & D Chords - Introduction

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.

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These chords are from Level 1 of this beginners course. The anchor finger idea is really crucial here for most people, so make sure you can change comfortably between these chords before learning the D. If you need help- check out lesson 1 from level 1 here.

emajor  amajor 

The D chord

This is the new chord for this level. The first finger is in the same position as in the A chord which is a nice way to first learn the chord. Do not to play the thickest 2 strings as shown by the 'X's in the chord box below- or it will sound bad!

dmajor             D chord photo

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!

      1. Lean On Me - Bill Withers (Full video lesson)
      2. Have A Nice Day - Stereophonics
      3. Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed 
      4. Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen
      5. I've Got A Feelin' - The Beatles 
      6. I Have A Dream - ABBA 
      7.  Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond 
      8. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
      9. I Can't Explain - The Who
      10. Wild Thing - The Troggs
      11. Also, you can check out my new video for how to play another 10 songs with these same chords, but that have a bit more strumming content - link below;

        Play TEN harder songs with three chords (& cooler strumming!)