Here is one of my favourite things about learning the guitar. When you first learn a chord or 2, you start to panic. You think that learning guitar is going to be a really difficult uphill battle. Learning those first chords can be tough! But here’s the good news. Once you learn one chord, you will see it again. Many, many times. There are a very limited amount of open chords on the guitar. (Open chords are chords within the first 4 frets of the guitar) You only have to learn a chord once!

In this lesson, we are going to learn E, A, and D. Those 3 chords are essential to the guitar! With just those 3 chords, you can play literally hundreds of classic songs. We are going to check out 4 awesome songs: Wild thing by the Troggs, Doesn’t Remind Me by Audioslave, Gloria by Them, and I don’t know by the Sheepdogs. And they all just have E, A, and D!

Pay attention to the fingering we are using for the A chord. There is some strange information going around the internet about A chord fingerings. There are a few internet guitar teachers out there that are trying to push a new A chord fingering. Do it this way. If a chord can be done with just 1 finger, why use 3?

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Beginner Guitar Lesson – The Power Of E, A, And D

4:30 Lesson Start
5:57 How to read Chord Charts
6:20 E chord
8:00 D Chord
9:45 A chord
13:06 the 4 S’s
14:19 Wild Thing The Troggs
17:20 Doesn’t Remind Me – Audioslave
27:27 I don’t Know – The Sheepdogs
33:27 Gloria – Them

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Will & Mike B w/ Campfire Guitar Star

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Will Ripley & Mike B from Campfire Guitar Star