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Learn To Play Guitar: Learn To Play Easy Nice Sounding Guitar Chords

By:Peter Edvinsson

To learn to play guitar is difficult and easy at the same time. The guitar is a fascinating instrument. It is very difficult to master in some areas but you will also find wells of easy to play but nice sounding treasures among the strings.

In this learn to play guitar article I will give some examples of easy to play guitar chords and progressions. I will use guitar tab to help you find the notes on your guitar.

In this article i will only use the first four strings on the guitar. In the guitar tab staff notation I will also use only the first four lines. The first string is the thinnest string on the guitar or the E-string.

The first guitar tab progression will be in the key of D. The chords of the progression is Dmaj7 and Em7. Here is the guitar tab:

1. --2---0---

2. --2---0---

3. --2---0---

4. --0---0---

The guitar chord progression above can be used as a little intro in a song in the key of D. It can also end a song or be used as a break between verses in a song. You can repeat the progression to make it last longer.

The next example will use the first chord and a Gm6 as the second chord. This little passage can also be used as an intro in a song if you like it:

1. --2---0---

2. --2---3---

3. --2---3---

4. --0---0---

The following example will use just one chord, the D chord and it will be moved two frets up. When you move the chord up it will not be D anymore. It will change into a E7 or if you want E/D. This means that you play an E-chord with the note D as a bass note.

The chords in this guitar chord progression will be D and E7. Try it!

1. --2---4---

2. --3---5---

3. --2---4---

4. --0---0---

When you move the chord up the two frets you don`t need to lift you left hand fingers. Just release the pressure of your left hand fingers a bit and slide up to the new position.

This method of sliding to new positions can be used when you change between chords. Many times you can keep one or more of your fingers on your fingerboard and slide when you change to new chords. This will make it easier to find the chord and will speed up the chord change.

Our last little guitar chord progression will use the same progression with just a different way to play the E7 chord.

Remember that all these chord progressions can be repeated over and over as intros or something else in the key of D on your guitar.

1. --2---0---

2. --3---0---

3. --2---1---

4. --0---0---

Observe that you can slide with you first finger that you hoopefully have pressed down on the second fret of the third string when you play D. When you change to the second chord you can slide to the first fret.

The above progressions use the open D-string as a fundament so to speak and this bass note creates an illusion of peace in the chord progressions. In tonal music this bass note is called a pedal point.

If you like finger picking on your guitar I will give you a pattern that can be used with these chords. I will use the common classical guitar symbols for the right hand fingers. P denotes the thumb, i the first finger, m the middle finger and a the ring finger.

1. --a-----------a---

2. ----------m-------

3. ------i-----------

4. --p---------------

I hope you will find this little learn to play guitar lesson helpful. There are a lot of chord progressions that sounds nice but are very easy to play. In other words, I will be back!

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Peter Edvinsson is a musician, composer and music teacher. Visit his site Capotasto Music and download your free sheet music and learn to play guitar resources at http://www.capotastomusic.com

McCartney learnt to play on this old guitar. Now it`s on sale for

Independent, The (London), Jul 10, 2006 by Elisa Bray

Ian James gave his school friend Paul McCartney his first lessons on a cheap Rex acoustic guitar. Now Mr James is putting it up for auction and the pounds 100,000 it is expected to fetch will fund his retirement.

Accompanying the instrument, a signed letter from McCartney states: "The above guitar belonging to my old school pal Ian James was the first guitar I ever held. It was also the guitar on which I learnt my first chords."

Those first chords from 15-year-old McCartney impressed John Lennon, who was a year older and was playing with his band, the Quarrymen, at a summer fte at St Peter`s church hall in Woolton on 6 July 1957.

On being introduced to Lennon by a mutual friend, Ivan Vaughan, McCartney picked up a guitar and sang Eddie Cochran`s Twenty Flight Rock and Gene Vincent`s Be-Bop-A-Lula, convincing Lennon to let him join the group.

McCartney is quoted in The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz: "I showed him a few more chords he didn`t know. Ian James had taught me them, really. Then I left. I felt I`d made a good impression, shown them how good I was."

A recording of the historic 1957 Quarrymen gig sold at Sotheby`s for pounds 78,500 to Lennon`s former record company EMI Records - the highest price ever for a recording.

Mr James had access to all kinds of instruments at home, including a Spanish guitar which he taught himself to play. Now aged 64, the same age as McCartney, Mr ` James is a salesman with two children and lives in Ormskirk, Lancashire. He said: "When skiffle and subsequently rock`n`roll became popular around 1954-55 I wanted a more modern guitar. My grandparents bought the guitar for me when I was 12 or 13.

"I don`t know exactly how much it cost, but it was definitely shillings rather than pounds. It was at the cheaper end of the scale."

He added: "Paul and I hung around together and after school we would often go back to my house. We both had an interest in rock`n`roll and I would show him a few chords and things.

"I taught Paul so he could play popular tunes and sing at the same time. I remember one day he told me he`d written a song and I thought, `Blimey, that`s hard`."

Mr James narrowly missed playing alongside McCartney at the Woolton church fete. He recalls: "Paul had his own guitar by then and I had mine. I met John for the first first time and one or two other members of the Quarrymen.

They were deciding on who`d be playing which songs that evening. Then the vicar turned up and said the show wasn`t on so we all went to a coffee bar, but I didn`t stay too long - I got a bit fed up.

"I believe they went back to the hall and played together. That was the closest I got to being in the Beatles."

The friends, who went to the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, lost touch for 28 years but were reunited in 1991, at a Wings concert in their hometown. Louise Cooper, creative director of Cooper Owen`s auctioneers, said: "Who knows what would have happened to the history of music if Ian hadn`t taught Paul those first few chords?"

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