With knowledge of a few basic chord shapes
, you can play the chords of any tune instantly in any key, without having to refer to chord charts. By memorizing 16 chord shapes, and following my guidance, you should have between 200 and 300 chords up your sleeve that you can recall instantly from memory. These are probably all the chords you'll ever need to know.
Before we can go any further; if you're a beginner and haven't learned the F
chord yet, you need to learn it now!
You'll need to barre
the 1st and 2nd strings (the two thinnest) by holding them down simultaneously with your 1st (index) finger. The 2nd (middle) finger holds down the 3rd string, and the 4th string can be held down by either the 3rd or 4th finger.
The 6th string (the thickest) should not be played because it's not part of the chord and would not be in harmony with it.