Common Beginner Problems and What to Expect When Learning Guitar Chords

by IanM on October 7, 2011

In this video I talk about some of the common problems faced by beginners when they start learning how to play guitar chords. I feel its important that you know what to expect so you don’t start freaking out and give up just as you’re starting out. Giving up is BAD ~ nuff said.

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amal March 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

plz help i dont know what r the chords can u make a video

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IanM March 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Hi amal, I’m sorry I’m not sure exactly what you mean. If you’re looking to lean chords, I have a chords reference list on the right sidebar of my website which will teach you all the chords I normally use in my tutorials. :)

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Keith July 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I’ve learned how to play few songs with power chords in the past, but was recently gifted a classical guitar. I want to learn the to play the “right” way and your videos are great! Thanks for doing this!

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Ryan August 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Thanks, your vids are really helpful :)

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Young August 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Bravo Ian. Thanks for building this site very helpful!
Good-luck and looking forward for more helpful tips.

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Ketan October 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thanks a lot. This is exactly what I needed and there arent many videos like this on the internet. Subscribing to you right away!

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Sylvinsky Laplante December 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

You help a lot. Can you make a tutorial of Justin Nozuka: After tonight? Please.

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Myka September 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

I second this!

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mark January 2, 2013 at 6:21 am

Awesome site man. Great advice for people who are just starting out and also with all the songs we can learn. Thanks heaps

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Larissa April 13, 2013 at 6:50 am

I’m so glad I found your website and YT channel! I gave up the guitar for a few months because I had lost my motivation to learn, but it’s come back now and you’re helping me ouch it further! So, thanks! ^_^

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jess April 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Hi,
I love the way of your teaching guitar. It’s very easy to learn especially for me who is beginner in playing guitar.But why you need to hide your face? Can you please show your face to us? Super like your version of Someone like you.

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Prashant June 10, 2014 at 3:34 am

I am an absolute beginner and this page has been of great help ! From how to hold a guitar to how pluck ! From how to strum to holding of cords through which I’m going these days have been amazingly easy and this site is too friendly !
Thanks Mate !!

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erica June 29, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Class site !! Has helped me emmensly !!! Ps. Wat do u look like Ian lol ????

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Maissa November 8, 2014 at 7:21 am

one of my friends gave me a guitar and i really wanna learn playing guitar but i have no time to go to conservatoiry and i jast wanna ask if i can learn it online just by myself

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IanM November 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Hi Maissa, yes it is possible to learn online on your own. It’s always helpful to find a friend or teacher who can show you the basics like pressing strings and strumming, but once you have the basics it’s very easy to start picking up things on your own.

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Al February 10, 2015 at 12:37 am

Thank you!!

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Madeline adams August 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Hey I really need help with your “I’m yours” tutorial by Jason mraz. I don’t understand how many strings I’m supposed to hit when using the down down up strumming pattern… and how many times do I use down down up for each chord before moving onto the next one? If you could help I’d really appreciate it :)

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Michael February 2, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Thanks for the tutorial videos, my grandfather has many guitars and is planning on leaving them with me when he passes on so I’m trying to learn the guitar so I can use the guitars he will give me.

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