Five Critical Rock Guitar Chords for Songs

When you start playing rock music, learning guitar chords for songs is a fundamental building block.

Mastering the basic chords prepares you to jam with others and play some killer rhythm guitar. Without a solid rhythm guitar to back up a vocalist and lead guitar, rock songs just don’t deliver the kind of punch we expect. Nothing beats a driving, distorted guitar!

There are a handful of chords that form the basis of rock music. You can hear them used in any rock genre, so it’s a great place to get your feet wet when learning to play rock guitar.

Probably the most important major guitar chords to learn are the following: A, C, D, E and G.

Interestingly, each of them has a different fingering pattern to learn in their open chord forms. What I mean by “open” is that you play the chord along with strings that you don’t press (or fret) with your fingers. Typically, you play these chords on the first three frets of the neck.

Once you memorize these five finger patterns, you can literally play chords for songs all over the neck.

Luckily, these chords aren’t difficult to play, and with a little practice, you’ll be rocking in no time. In fact, you can play real rock songs with just two chords. For example, three songs based on just two guitar chords are The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” (G and C chords), Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” (D and E), and Nirvana’s “Something In The Way” ( E minor and C).

Learn these five essential chords and you’ll be jamming in no time!

Thanks to Dave Eddie Vance | #Critical #Rock #Guitar #Chords #Songs

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