1. Abbie
    February 20th, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I’m just starting out on guitar, and this was extremely helpful, for my ‘chord learning’. Was thinking you could maybe do another lesson on different chords?
    Thanks again! :)

    • David Hodge
      February 20th, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

      Hi Abbie

      Thanks for making time to write! And we certainly can do more lessons on chords. Are there any in particular you’re interested in?

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


  2. Abbie
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Well I’ve been looking at some songs which involve the f# chord in them, and also, I’ve been looking all over the internet on a chord called D2? Im trying to attempt a song which involves some of the chords you’ve listed here, and also D2? I would be very grateful for any help you could give me on this?

    Many thanks!

    • David Hodge
      February 22nd, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

      Do you mean F# or F#m? Both are usually played as barre chords but, depending on the song and the chord progression, you can sometimes get away with using easier variations. Do you know how to play an F chord? To play a regular F# chord, you would just move all your fingers one fret higher on the neck. Do instead of xx3211 for F you’d have xx4322 for F#. If the F# is followed by a B or Bm chord, you can sometimes use F#7, which is the same thing but with the high E string left open (xx4320).

      “D2” is not technically a “proper” name for a chord. But the meaning of it is that you want to add the second note of the D scale (E) to the D chord. You can do that in a number of ways but the easiest would be to play a regular D chord and take your finger off the high E string (xx0230). Many players would call that either a “Dadd9” or a “Dsus2.”

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you need further explanation.


  3. zachary
    May 8th, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    do you have video lessons? it would help to hear the notes and chords are supposed to sound. anyway this is great. helps when your switching from tabs tp chords haha

    • David Hodge
      May 9th, 2012 @ 7:40 am

      Hi Zachary

      We don’t (currently) have video lessons but we have lots of audio files. I’ll see what we can do about putting some together for this lesson. It might make for a new podcast.


  4. Ken
    May 24th, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    Thank you for helping me with strumming,that is the hardest part for me right now.

  5. CJ
    June 17th, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Do you have any suggestions for simple, two to four chord songs, to practice switching with easy chords? Thanks so much for this its very helpful

  6. Kim
    August 4th, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    thanks for this! I’ve been meaning to pick up the guitar for such a long time. I’m musically inept, and this is exactly what I needed to get started. super easy article to understand and follow. kudos and thank you! :D

  7. Harold
    August 9th, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    Hello just signed up, the first site that made chords easy to understand! just a beginner on acoustic, would love to play blues! Used to play a couple of insturments in the past, but always wanted to play guitar. find it hard to get my fingers to do what they should. lots of practice ahead. Thank you for your time.Harold.

  8. Dave
    November 1st, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    Thanks Harold,I’m a beginner somewhat know several chords but never could understand serial number charts,was at a loss. You have just made it where I now understand them. I would love to learn to play old country music and some old rock and cajun type. Getting the rythum and timing is hardest, any suggesstions?…….. Peace.

  9. Patrick VDB
    November 9th, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    thanks so much for this wonderful website. I finally started to learn the guitar, and hope I will keep up. You got me really going with this first lesson. But now, I have done this part and want to go to the next part….. only, I can’t find it…. I figure there should be a “Absolute beginner part 2… but I can’t find it.
    At the end of this lesson you say to check out to go to easy songs for beginner, but there I see chords that I have not learned yet, this kind of makes it difficult and … (dare I say) frustrating…
    I might be overlooking the link to the next lesson.
    I think I would need to learn more chords before going to the song section no?

    Could you give me what lessons I should follow in what order?

    Anyway, congratulations for this wonderful site and keep up the good work!!!

  10. Annie Rodgers
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 6:50 pm


    I am frustrated, but this site helped get me thru a song. Problem is that I’ve played and sang bluegrass for many, many….many years. Before I even learned all chords and keys, I was given a capo. Didn’t have to learn more. Wish I had. I am now getting in to blues, and can find most anything, BUT the key I use most is the key of “B.” I need to know that key and it’s partners without a capo. I have two chord books, and the many web sites does not include the key of “B.” Why? Wait the key of B is in one book, but they want me to bar and go up some on the neck. I know it exists in an easier area to hold. Actually, I’m doing a little Christmas volunteer work, and want Jingle Bell Rock. I could not find any place to show me a Bm (without a capo). You did. Whew…thank you.


  11. Tom Clark
    December 26th, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    That was a really thorough piece on beginner chords, nicely done! I spend so much time spreading this message and breaking down the guitar to its most simplistic form.



  12. Madeline
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Mr. Hodge,
    I just want to say thank you so much for not only this lesson, but for this whole blog/website in general. I have had my guitar over a year, and until I started trying your lessons, I never had been able to get it. Now I am playing all sorts of songs that I never thought I’d be able to play! Thank you so much again!

    • David Hodge
      March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:24 am

      Hello Madeline

      Thank you for writing and thank you as well for your kind words. Even more thanks should go to Paul Hackett, who created Guitar Noise over fifteen years ago and who still owns and runs the website. Without his vision this site wouldn’t exist and I’m always amazed at how he’s constantly working on new ways to improve it even more.

      Glad to hear that you’re learning from us and I hope you continue to find Guitar Noise both educational and inspirational. And do feel free to email or post any questions, comments and suggestions you may have. Our readers give both Paul and I a lot of feedback, which is another reason why Guitar Noise is as good as it is.

      Looking forward to hearing how things are going with you and your guitar.


  13. ASL
    April 21st, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Hello :)
    It was a amazing lesson, i found it very help full as i am a biggner and i was having trouble in how to place your finger and how to play the strings but this lesson helped me a lot and made me understand the concept of playing guitar……
    Thanx i really appriciate it

  14. Andy Lockhart
    October 7th, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    Hi David

    I’ve tried learning all the chords and i have small stubby fingers and am struggling with a few such as G n C chords
    Have you any tips for me to improve or any hints or tricks please

    I’m a beginner and i am teaching myself

    cheers Andy

  15. Raben
    October 15th, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Wanted to thank you for your website, even if I am french I learn on Guitar Noise because I couldn’t find any articles nor ressources as clear as yours. Thanks again

  16. skip gerard
    March 18th, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    I’m sure this has been said before, but chords for left-handers are actually the mirror image of the chords shown here. The same picture can NOT be used without that knowledge.

  17. Lalramnghaki
    October 16th, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    Thank you so much for this lesson. I am just starting on guitar and im learning by myself and this article has made it so easy. Is there any next lesson after this as im not getting to link to it?

  18. Sradha shaj
    April 2nd, 2015 @ 5:20 am

    When I place my finger on the fret I am not able to hear the sound of that string… Pls help me…

  19. Michael
    June 1st, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

    David: I just found your lesson this weekend. I have been dragging an old Sigma guitar around with the family for over 40 years. Looks OK sitting in the corner, but I never really did much with it beyond that. Every five years or so, I pulled the guitar out and strummed on it a while…but, work, kids and the rest of life kept me focused on other activities for a long, long time. Now that the kids have grown and gone and I am retired, I would like to see if an old dog can learn some new tricks…this time on the guitar. I still have my health, all of my fingers, most of my sanity and now, I have lots of time to invest. I can make and strum all of the cords that you listed in the first session of the absolute beginner course. NO buzzing, muted notes or rattles. And, I am working on that “Horse With No Name” song…finding myself able to get through it in a manner that is recognizable. But, I am not any better than that. Noting that I am an interested novice and only want to entertain myself…I accept that the clock will run out on me before I become Chet Atkins, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton or Joe Bonamassa…where do you recommend I go with Guitar Noise? I am not a computer wiz and I struggle with finding a logical progression for beginner lessons on your website without going through 57 pages of possibilities. On your menu, is there something that says…OK, you finished lesson one, idiot,’s lesson two?

    • Paul Hackett
      June 3rd, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

      Hi Michael,

      I’m going to jump here and answer your question. If you’re looking for some suggestions on what order to read the lessons in we’ve answered that here:

      It’s a tougher question to answer than you might think. Everyone arrives at Guitar Noise with different needs and goals. There’s no one answer for everybody. We’ve got all sorts of lessons for beginners, but as you say, there is no real logical progression to them. Hopefully that link will give you some direction and ideas to get started with. They are the recommendations David and I came up with together, and maybe David will chime in later with even more suggestions.

  20. sang
    August 4th, 2015 @ 11:43 am

    Thanks Harold,I’m a beginner somewhat know several chords but never could understand serial number charts,was at a loss. You have just made it where I now understand them. I would love to learn to play old country music and some old rock and cajun type.

  21. Jessi
    November 18th, 2015 @ 6:54 am

    Great article! Thanks for sharing such a great content having such a useful information. I liked it pretty much.

  22. Nikita
    March 21st, 2016 @ 2:01 am

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the article, its been only 1 week i m trying to learn guitar that to by my own. I watch videos and articles. and most of the time i get confuse. but here it is quite detailed and now i can differentiate a lot of cords. thanks buddy.

David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews here. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David is also the author of seven instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Guitar Theory.