Start learning chords in the open-position (open strings and first 4 frets). Begin with open position 7th chords and learn some blues progressions. Then, move on to the 3 standard minor chords (Am, Dm, Em) and the 5 Major chords (“CAGED”). By learning chords in categories, it will help you memorize the fingerings and, most importantly, the sound of each chord type (7, minor, Major).
Advanced players – this is a great way to teach chords to your beginning students if you are looking to make some extra cash teaching lessons.
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