The following eight beginner chords are the most important first chords for a new guitarist to learn. Once you have them mastered, you’ll have all the technical know-how you need to play hundreds, if not thousands of songs, country and otherwise.
6. E Minor. The E minor chord is one of the simplest to play as it uses only two fingers! Your ring finger plays the second fret, fourth string E note, and your middle finger plays the second fret, fifth string B note. The first string E, second string B, third string G, and sixth string E are open. Note: You can also finger the E minor by using your middle finger on the fourth string and your index finger on the fifth string. Again, be sure not to allow either of your fingers to touch any of the open strings or the chord won’t ring properly.
g E and fifth string A are open.
For more on playing open chords, be sure to check out this Must-Know Basic Open Chords tutorial on GuitarTricks.com online guitar lessons.
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