If you’re just starting out here is a nice chord progression to get those fingers working.
We’re using 3 chords, each has a name. The first is ‘G’, the second is ‘G7’ and the third is C.
In Video 1 we will learn easy versions of each chord where we only use one finger on our fretting hand (LH if you’re a right handed player, RH if you’re a left handed player).
Video 2 uses the same chord progression but is now using full ‘voicings’ (slightly more complicated chord shapes). The pressure points in this exercise are to get the shape of your fretting hand correct. The trick is to use your finger tips to play the notes on the strings, rather than the flatter pads. This may be uncomfortable for a while, but over time this discomfort will fade. Keep your wrist fairly low under (and just behind) the guitar neck, with your thumb pointing towards the ceiling and the pad of your thumb resting in the centre of the neck. This position should give you the angle you desire.
Video 3 now focuses on the strumming hand. Until now we have just been strumming the strings in a downward motion. In Video 3 we will add some upward strums too.
In this exercise we have 4 beats in each bar. When you are playing you need to keep the time between each beat even and try not to pause between the end of one bar and the start of the next. You should be counting:
1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4
In this exercise when we add in our up strum it will fall in between beats 2 and 3. Keep counting at the same speed and now add an ‘and’ in between each number. Your up strum will be played on the ‘and’ after 2.
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
In the attached PDF I have tabbed out the chord changes for each video. Please keep in mind that the direction of the strumming arrows is relative to the pitch of the strings in the TAB; this means that the top E string (the highest string in pitch, which in reality is actually closest to the floor when you're playing the instrument) is represented by the top line of the TAB. The arrow that is pointing in an upwards position is instructing you to strum in a direction from the lower strings to the top strings relative to pitch, therefore actually instructing you to perform a downward strum.