Guitar Lesson - How To Play Your First Chord

hey my name is Brian wall with worship

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today we're gonna learn how to play our

first chord so if you are just starting

out playing the guitar this video is for

you this is where we're gonna start

before we get started though playing our

first chord let's talk just a little bit

about how to hold the guitar the names

of the strings and we'll get set up with

how to how we're gonna number our

fingers and how to read a chord diagram

so first things first I've got just a

standard acoustic dreadknot guitar here

you want to make sure that the body of

the guitar is perpendicular to your leg

if your leg is straight it should be

straight the guitar should be straight

up and down you want it right up against

your body like this so you want when you

look at the neck and the next should be

going straight up and down a lot of

people when they first start out whether

it's because you're trying to see

probably it's because you want to see

the strings a lot of times they'll start

you'll start out and you'll see people

do this that is not good you don't want

to do that you want to make sure that it

is straight up and down to see the

strings you might have to peek over the

top a little bit so sit up straight

which will help you play nicely don't

you don't want your elbows on your knees

or anything on your legs or anything

like that you want to sit up straight

you want to make your arm - you want to

be comfortable sitting your elbows at

about a 90 degree angle and that was the

chord that we're gonna play it was a D

chord but that's how you hold it and so

let's talk about the names of the

strings you want to memorize the names

of the strings starting at the top width

which is the thickest string it's also

the lowest it is an E the next one down

is an A

the next one is D then G then B and then

at the very bottom which is the highest

string is an E so the two strings on the

edges are both e you notice they're the

same tone or the same note but they're

an octave apart you want to make sure

that your guitar is in tune every time

you practice you want to tune it so if

you don't have a tuner you'll get a

tuner you can get a tune it has a little

microphone on it that'll listen to the

guitar or you can have ones that you can

plug your guitar in if yours is a

electric acoustic like mine or if it's

an electric guitar okay so we've talked

about the names of the strings how to

hold the guitar let's talk about our

hand so this is if you are right-handed

person your left hand will be doing all

of the fretting on the guitar so our

fingers have numbers your thumb doesn't

not so these four fingers are numbered

one through four your index finger is

number one your middle fingers to your

ring finger is three and your pinky is

four one two three four now let's look

at chord diagram which we have right

here and this is the D chord which is

what we're going to play today

now the chord diagram had it looks like

the neck of the guitar and we get this

so you can see it so on the chair so

you'll see the diagram at the top of the

diagram is this nut that is like the

zero fret and then you see the frets

going across the diagram and the strings

going down those correspond with the

strings on the guitar so EA D G B II and

then the frets are the fret the lines

going across on the diagram are the

frets on the fretboard so it's like

you're just looking straight at the

fretboard of the guitar now on some of

them you'll see like on this D chord for

example there's an X on top of the low E

string that means you don't play that

string and we'll talk about that

works later if there's a circle above

the stream like there is above the D and

the D string that means that you let the

string ring but you don't have any

fingers on top of it now there are dots

on top of the strings where you put your

fingers so there's a dot above the g

string and has a one on it that means

you use your one finger and you play it

on whatever fret the dot is in this case

it's the second fret there is a three

above the B string so that means you put

your third finger which was your ring

finger on the B string on the third fret

and then there's a two in the dot above

on the high E string so you put your

middle finger on the second fret so the

dots tell you both where you put your

finger and what finger you put down okay

when you put your fingers down this is

important this is how your hand should

be on the back of the guitar so first of

all you don't want your thumb over the

top you want your thumb wrapped all the

way behind if you can a lot of times

just see people on their thumb including

myself and their thumb will be wrapped

around and there's a reason for that but

if you can it'll make it easier if your

thumb is back behind the rest of your

fingers the my guitar teacher told me

that you want to think about holding a

tennis ball in your hand so when you've

got it let me see if I can clip this

guitar so you can see you see how

there's like a circular area right here

where the ball would be theoretically I

don't know how you would get a tennis

ball in there but that's what he told me

it the point is you don't want your palm

against the back of the guitar you want

there to be some space and some air

if the further down your wrist is

underneath the guitar the easier it'll

be for you to get your fingers on the

frets and on the strings something to

think about so you need to find a place

that's comfortable for you but you want

to make sure that you're not your palm

is impressed against the guitar or the


the guitar like this okay the next thing

is when you put your finger down it's

important how your finger comes down

let's see if I can show you this to

illustrate probably better if I turn it

this way so you can see you want your

finger to come straight down on it

like this you don't want your finger to

come down flat like this you see if I

can give you a better angle okay you

want it straight down like like so and

if you come down flat like this it makes

the old

what you'll do is you'll hit other

strings you'll touch other strings with

your finger and that's bad so you want

to make sure that you only touch the

string the one string that your finger

is supposed to be on with your finger

otherwise what will happen is let's say

you put your index finger on this g

string here on the second fret and but

the rest of them down but it's sloppy

and it touches that D string right above

it it will

you'll have that you mute it so you want

to make sure you're touching the strings

you're supposed to touch so come down

like this not like that there's what you

want that's bad

good bad all right moving on so let's

play our first chord so here's the D

chord diagram so what we do is we take

our first finger put it on the g string

so e maybe G it's the fourth down from

the top second fret with your first

finger when you've got that down you put

your third finger down on the B string

so keep your first finger down and then

put your third finger down on the B

string second from the bottom on the

third fret and then take your middle

finger and put it on the high E string

the very bottom string on the second

fret so what your fingers look like is

they kind of look like a triangle if you

can see that when you're looking down


now you're not supposed to play the low

E string it's because it's not in the

record that note so you can do you've

got two options

one is when you strum it you can just

not strum it same with EA in my opinion

the a actually sounds okay in this chord

it doesn't sound bad to me but


you're supposed to play the four bottom

lines what I do and what a lot of people

do is wrap the thumb around and touch

the low e-string if you touch that low

e-string it mutes now I'm touching it so

you can play the full chord and not

worry about that low e coming through so

now that you've got your first chord

this is what you should do you should

play get your fingers into position and

strum it and after you strum it pick out

each note individually so


so when you practice it should be

and you want to get to where none of

those things sound like this

and if they do it first it is just fine

it happens to everybody when everyone

starts out they start out playing and

the notes kind of sound like you know

the second coming like that but that's

okay all you have to do is keep

practicing keep at it and the more you

practice the more it will sound like

this so one more thing if you're using a

pick how to hold the pick the way I do

it is take your index finger and put the

pick on your index finger like it's

pointing so plus light lay it straight

down on your index finger like it's

pointing now it's pointing at you now

it's pointing this way and then take

your thumb and come over the top of it

kind of like that so that's the way I

hold the pick that's the way I was done

and so when you strung

it kind of comes down it looks like this

alright a lot of times I actually hold

the pig backwards just because I like

the way it sounds

alright you can do whatever you like

when you strum we're gonna talk about

strumming later but if you try and get

into a little strumming and I'll go into

this more in depth you want to make sure

most of it happens in hissed and not at

your elbow so there you go

that's your first chord how to hold a

guitar how to read a count a court

diagram and sort of how to hold your

hand that you put on the strings so if

you have any questions please head over

to worship tutorials com there's a link

right below and there you can see a big

chord diagram so you can see exactly

where to put your fingers if you have

any questions please ask their if this

is the first time you've ever picked up

a guitar I want to encourage you to keep

at it give it a few months and practice

a lot and in that amount of time you'll

be able to start playing and I will

start doing more and more video lessons

for you and they'll all be for free so

you can follow along and we can learn

how to play guitar together so please

head over to worship tutorials and ask

in comments or just say hello I'd love

to hear from you and I'll see you next

time bye