Play 10 songs with 2 chords - E & A

The Play 10 songs with 2 chords lesson is below, just scroll down. While you’re here, let me tell you about what this website can offer you in this short video.

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This Play 10 songs with 2 chords video is now the most watched video on YouTube! It shows you the 2 easiest chords to play on guitar, and then shows you 1 song you can play with these 2 chords. The further 9 songs are in separate videos and the links to those are down below- just keep scrolling down!

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. Images from Andy's Beginner Guitar Book & DVD

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Each vertical line represents a fret, which are the metal strips down the guitar.

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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!

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For example, this is where to place your 1st finger on the 1st string at the 1st fret!

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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.

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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.

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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!

This video is from Andy's 10 Day Guitar Starter Course, which is a YouTube Friendly' version of his full Beginners Course. Once you’ve completed the lesson, watch Andy demonstrate the full song and play along using this video!

'For What It's Worth' Chord Sheet

Click this link to view the full chords/ lyrics sheet for this song!

Where to go from here?

If you've successfully played along with Andy in the full demo video above, you're ready to move on to Level 2 of this Beginner Guitar Course where we'll be checking out a NEW chord and a higher level strumming pattern!

If you've found you struggle, you may wish to checkout the other lessons and song tutorials at Level 1 of Andy's complete Beginners Course on this site, which is also available as DVD, download and physical book version!