Guitar Chords List
This is part two of an article. Check out part one on Common Guitar Chords.
In the previous page, you learned three of the most common major chords found in most songs that you will come across. These chords are the G, C, and D chords. This is one of the most common chord progressions that you will find. On this page of the guitar chords list, you will learn the other three major chords that are common to most songs, the F, E, and A chords.
The E chord is one of the easiest chords on this guitar chords list to learn because all of the fingers are fairly close together. The best way to play this chord is to put your middle and ring fingers on the second fret of the D and A strings and the index finger on the first fret of the G string. All of the other strings are played open. This is the most common way to play the E chord. The E chord is commonly played with the A and D chords in songs.
The next chord in the guitar chords list is the A chord. The A chord is also a very easy chord to play. Place the index, middle, and ring fingers on the D, B, and G chords. The other strings are played open. Often, you will hear this one played without the top E string, though the chord will not sound bad if you do play it. This chord will often be found either with E and D, or with F and C.
Of all the chords in this guitar chords list, this one is by far the most difficult to learn to play. The reason that the F chord is so hard to learn to play is becaues instead of using the tips of your fingers, as you do with all the other chords, this chord is played using the flat, or side, of the index finger. The easiest way to play this chord is to press the B and E strings that are next to each other with the side of the index finger on the first fret. The tip of the middle finger goes on the second fret of the G string and the tip of the ring finger goes on the third fret of the D string. The top two strings are not played in this variation. Be careful when learning to play this chord. The most common problem beginners have with this chord, besides the awkward position, is not pressing the index finger into the strings enough, making one or both of those two strings sound muddy.
Once you have learned how to do this common variation and can play it with the strings sounding good, there is another common varition that uses all the strings. The trick with this variation is to lay the index finger across all the strings. The middle and ring fingers will be in the same position with the pinkey on the same fret as the ring finger, but on the A string.
One of the neat things about the F chord is that, by playing this chord at different intervals on the neck, you can play just about any chord in this guitar chords list. For example, if you play the F chord position but starting with the third fret (with the other fingers in the same relation), you have a G chord, and on the fifth fret, you have an A chord.
Final Guitar Chords List Notes
The one major chord I do not have in this guitar chords list is the B chord. I chose not to show this one because it is not as common as the other six. Most song books that this chord is in will show you how to play it. I also have not shown the flat/sharp chords. Most of these are a variation off of what I’ve shown you, but a fret lower or with other minor changes. Again, most books will show you these chords if they have them.
When showing the chords in this guitar chords list, I tried to show the one or two most common forms that I have seen or used myself when playing these chords. One neat thing, though, is that there are many variations even of these common chords, and depending on the song you are playing, where you are playing on the neck, and the sound you are after, one of these might be what you are looking for. The variations I listed here are the basic versions for this brief course.