Essential Chords in Five Keys


If you wanna play songs, you gotta learn chords. The more chords you know, the more songs you can play. Simple as that. But which chords should you learn? There’s so many chords out there, which ones are the most common?

We need to learn the chords that are part of the most commonly used keys in pop and rock guitar music. Those keys are C, G, D, A and E. Below, you’ll find five videos demonstrating all of the essential chords in each of those keys. If you learn these chords, you’re ready to play a ton of music!

***View the videos in full screen to get a better look. When possible, change the quality to 720p HD. Pause the video when you need to.

Key of C


Key of G


Key of D


Key of A


Key of E


For more information about me and the guitar lessons that I give in and around Baltimore, visit www.ewguitar.com.

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About ewguitar
I am a private guitar instructor in Glen Burnie, MD.

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