These are the 10 basic guitar chords you need to learn. With these chords alone you can play a bunch of popular songs. There are tons of different chord shapes you can learn, but it’s always easier if you start one step at a time and learn the basics first. You should learn to play and name all of these chords by heart. If you learn to play these shapes and can switch easily between them you will be able to play a few songs already.
Guitar can be complicated but often very simple. For example, the song “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop uses a simple chord progression of Am, F, C & G throughout the entire song.
Notice how these diagrams show a number inside each of the dots. The numbers represent the finger you should use to fret the note. 1 being your index finger, 2 your middle, 3 your ring and 4 your pinky. Notice how the F-chord has a long bar across. This means you need to lay your index finger across all the strings in order to fret the notes.