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Simple Chord Shapes for Beginner Guitarists

Who this article is for: kids with little hands, absolute beginner guitarists

When first learning guitar, it takes a little while for a beginner's hands to strengthen. Because of this, some novice guitarists have a very hard time playing basic open chords that require stretching across all six strings of the guitar.

Others may have an additional hurdle - they may be playing on a guitar that is just too big for their small hands.

In cases like these, beginner guitarists should consider using the following chord shapes - "smaller" versions of basic open chords, that often require the use of just one or two fingers. They won't sound as "full" as the basic open chord shapes, but they provide the general flavor of each chord, and get your fingers comfortable with holding down strings and switching positions.

Read on for full instruction on playing simple chord shapes...

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