5.6 The C, G, D and E minor Chords

Andy | August 29, 2015 | 14 Comments

Your 1st 2 chords C and G

Now you have (hopefully – no, definitely) mastered the melody line and become familiar with the structure, it’s time to move on to the chords used in The One I Love .

So – What is a chord?

Essentially, a chord is a series of notes played together that are used as a musical accompaniment to songs. Learning chords to a song means you or (if like Andy sing like a wounded Rhino) someone else can sing the vocal line to that song. It is also the start of your progression to become a rhythm guitarist.

We are going to start by learning some basic “open” chords which are the easiest to play and use open and fretted strings to form the chord. (Photo example)

The other type of more complex ones are known as bar (or barre) chords and do not use open strings and, as a general rule, use the forefinger to hold down all the strings (the bar) and use the rest to make up the chord. (Photo example)


The first 2 chords we will be learning are C and G, 2 of the 4 chords used in The One I Love. These are known as “major” chords and, although we will not be going into the theory of why this is so right at this time, it is important that you remember this.

C and G Chord Changing Practice

The E Minor and D Major Chords

The E Minor and D Major Chord Changing Practice

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  1. Virgil Costa says:


    The C and G Chord changing video is the same video as the A and E Minor chord changing video.

  2. Ken Hammond says:

    Getting some sound interference.

  3. Gary Stout says:

    5.6 First Chords – G Major – Open (E-Book) “rings out clearly, with not buzzing” should be “rings out clearly, with no buzzing”

    5.6 First Chords – C Major – Open (E-Book) You show the Bottom E string: Open – E when it shouldn’t be played at all for a C chord. Also, you state “For the C chord you need to put your finger on the 2nd fret of the B string – this is the C note, and just strum the G, B and top E strings.” The second fret of the B string is C#, the first fret is C.

    5.6 First Chords (exercises): ” The video show you a couple of ” should probably be “videos show” or “video shows” depending on your meaning. Also “just keep practicing or learn of our beginner riffs and return to” the “of” is redundant, so should be “just keep practicing or learn our beginner riffs and return to ” and “the ferret board ” probably should be “fret” unless you’re using a ferret to fret which only pisses off the ferret and damages its fur. As a general note, perhaps you should not say “the key here” or other references to “key” so as not to confuse the student. How about “the point here” and only reference “key” if you are indeed talking about the “key of C or G etc.”. Other choices might be “goal” “objective” “intent” “motive” and/or “purpose”. As a beginning music student, using words like key, major, minor, etc. will only be confusing if not referring to theory.

  4. Gary Stout says:

    5.6 C Major and G Major Chords: You show (Photo example) in a couple places but no photo. (both online and E-Book)

  5. Brian Armstrong says:

    Sorry about spellings fingers sore from playing

  6. Brian Armstrong says:

    Great guidance on the chords. Would help if there was a giagram of the finger placing son the strings for each relevant chord.

  7. Anthony Gable says:

    I’m doing good with my chords, and pretty good on the changing speed. I will still have to go back and work on the song melody. I went out and got a music stand for the work sheets so I don’t have to keep looking down on the desk then back up to the guitar. Amazing what a small thing like that can help.

    • Andy says:

      Glad to hear you’re taking it seriously. Yes I agree getting yourself correctly set up and ready to play makes it easier – and you’ll learner faster!

  8. Michael LaPaglia says:

    I used to be a technical editor so forgive me on this one. IT can be helpful to use the same terminology through out a lesson. On this page you introduce the C Major and the G Major at the top of the page but than proceed to call it a C and G chord. It is not a major issue but it can help a beginner to understand that they are the same chord with or without the Major tag. Since the minor chords really do matter it helps with the understanding that the Major tag is implied.

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