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An easy 2 note Chord (Power Chord) progression to get you started:

Important notes about this basic Chord Progression:

-Always Tune Up your guitar before playing otherwise there’s no way it’s gonna sound good!  Click the Tune Up Button above for assistance Tuning Up.

-The 2 note “Power Chords” below are the easiest Chords to play.

-Use only 1 Finger to make each Chord and strum only 2 Strings for each Chord.

-The following progression of Chords uses 3 different chords (1 of which is repeated in the progression).

-This progression is very common in music and is known as the “1-4-5 Chord Progression” (commonly written with Roman Numerals I-IV-V).

-The first Chord is an “A Chord” and, as with most songs, being the first chord, it indicates that the progression is in the “Key of A”.

-The order the Chords are played in is A-D-A-E-A.  Most popular songs are based on 3 simple chords.

-A Note about the timing: 8 Bars are played (4 beats each) except for the 2nd & 3rd from last Chords, which are 2 beats each.

Video 1. A-D-E Chord Progression (as easy as it gets).

Video 2. The same A-D-E Chord Progression with a different Strumming Rhythm.

Video 3. The Same A-D-E Chord Progression but add the Ring Finger to liven it up a bit.

Find this easy?  Try expanding on the idea by walking even further up the neck on the “D String” using notes from the Major Scale. Try using different combinations of the Major Scale notes to create your own Boogie.


Deviate from “Standard Tuning” by increasing the tension of fretted notes of a Chord so that when all strings are played open, the chord rings out.  The “E Chord” works well for this as it minimizes the strain on the Neck however, any chord may be used.

To change chords, fret all of the strings at the same fret (this may be a little difficult for beginners).  Alternately, it is easier to use a SLIDE to fret the new chords (this is a popular tuning for Slide Guitar).


The next logical steps are to:

– Learn more about Power Chords, <CLICK HERE>

– Learn more about the 1-4-5 Chord sequence,    <CLICK HERE>

– Add some Lead Riffs.  Learn about the minor Pentatonic Scale,  <CLICK HERE>

– Learn to play Beginner Songs <CLICK HERE>

WANNA Challenge Yourself a little?  Check out these most common Open Chords HERE!

THEY SOUND GREAT!! (on a properly tuned guitar).


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