11 Guitar Chords that Every Beginner Needs to Know

If you're just starting out on your guitar journey, these are the chords that you should spend your time focusing on first.  These are the chords that we teach our students first, and they're also super-useful because with these chords you'll be able to play hundreds of the songs that you hear on the radio every day.  Enjoy!

Now that you have a few chords examples to get started, here are two chord progressions to get you playing right now.  Each chord will be strummed four times as shown below.

And here's another interesting blues style chord progression to try out.