Before attempting this tutorial , you may need to go through the tutorial reading chords and scale maps .
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The first open chord will attempt is E minus seventh .
This is probably the easiest chord you can get to play E minus seventh .
Simply get the first finger and place it on the second thickest string in the second .
Fret , then strum all the strings of your guitar .
You might want to try this slowly so you can hear each individual note ring out if the notes don't ring out .
If you have any muted tones , you need them to find out why .
If it's the fingered string , then you need to press harder .
If the strings , which aren't ringing out haven't got fingers on , then it's because your finger isn't upright enough on the strings .
You might need to move the thumb around the back of the guitar to bring the finger onto its tip .
This means the finger won't overlap onto other strings and the chord should sound clean .
Attempt this a few times until you can get the cord clean .
Then take the finger off and put it back and try again .
Half the battle is getting the court in the first place , so it's a good idea to practise removing the cord , reapplying it and so on and so forth .
Once you're happy with your E minor seventh chord , we can move on to a slightly harder chord .
The E minor chord .
This cord has two fingers .
The first finger goes in the same place as it did with E Minor seventh on the second threat of the second thickest string .
The second finger goes next to it on the second threat of the third thickest string .
You can now strum the chord in the same way you did with the E Minor seventh , trying to hear each individual string ringing out and in the same way as you did with the E Minor .
Adjust the fingers until the cord is clean , then remove the cord completely and reapply it , checking if it's clean , do this several times until you feel you can get the cord quite quickly without dead strings .
Once you can play these two chords cleanly , you can move on to the first full chord exercise , which has AC , an a minor and a G seventh .
At this stage , when you get a new chord , it's a good idea to work through your fingers numerically .
So apply the first finger first , the second finger , the third finger and the fourth finger .
To simplify things , we'll refer to the strings as their numbers .
The first string is the thinnest string , and the sixth string is the thickest string .
So to play C , we put the first finger in the first threat of the second string .
We put the second finger in the second threat of the fourth string , and we put the third finger in the third fret of the fifth string .
When strumming the sea chord , we don't play all the strings .
We miss the thickest string and play the top five strings .
Once you're happy with your C cord , we can move on to an a minor .
The difference between AC and an A minor is only one finger , so the 1st and 2nd finger can remain in place .
We simply remove the third finger from the third fret of the fifth string and move it across to the second fret of the third string .
This process can then be reversed , and we can go between the C and the A minor and the C and the A minor until you feel comfortable with the two chords .
The final core shape in the first exercise is G seventh .
Unfortunately for G7 , you have to remove all the fingers and reapply them .
However , you can see a similarity between the G7 shape and the ceased shape to play G seventh .
Then we put the first finger in the first fret of the first string , the second finger in the second of the fifth string and the third finger in the third fret of the sixth string .
To play G7 , we strum all the strings .
Finally , you can put together the whole court exercise in the order illustrated .
When you're happy with that court exercise , you can move on to the next one