First Chord Progression

In this lesson, we’ll add another chord to the G, C, and D from the previous lesson. The new chord is Am, which you can see on the left.

If you need a refresher on the G, C, and D, those diagrams are down below as well.

If you’ve got questions or comments, please leave them down below. If you’re ready to take your guitar playing to the next level, checkout the Definitive Beginner’s Guide To Acoustic Guitar.

27 Responses to “First Chord Progression”

  1. Mark May 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Im no Ninja but I think that G is a 7th?

  2. Mark 2 May 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    In the key of “A” I believe it is a VII chord Mark, but in the “key” of it’s namesake it becomes a I chord.

  3. Dude May 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Kin the key of G the Am is the Ii chord

  4. RiffNinja May 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Actually in the key of A, the VII chord would be a G#… you’re right about the namesake part. In this lesson we’re in the key of G, so that becomes the I chord.

  5. RiffNinja May 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    You got it dude… 😉

  6. ateve May 1, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Ninja is correct…this is the Key of G…G C and D are the 1, 4, and 5 chords, the great old stand by and most popular of all chord progressions… the Key of G the A minor is the 2 chord…it’s minor because it is the 2 chord as well…as would be the 3 chord and the 6 chord….the 7th is not used ver often….and when it is it is usually used as a Diminished chord….the 1,4 and 5 are your major chords…

  7. William May 2, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Knock, Knock, Knock N’ On Heavens Door……

  8. Jeff Kuehne April 15, 2014 at 1:22 am #

    too beginner for me, way too beginner.

  9. Charles January 15, 2015 at 6:44 am #

    Thankyou sir
    its so nice to play and love to continue to the end

  10. George Ngwerume January 23, 2015 at 4:32 am #

    For the chords you are giving us, what is the strumming partern to be used.

  11. Jonathan January 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    Hi George, at this stage, just do the one strum per chord that Colin demonstrates and work on really getting the timing down for that, along with good sounding chords. We’ll add more strums pretty soon.

  12. Walter Thatcher April 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    thank you sounds great will practice

  13. John Thomson May 11, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    Really enjoying this steady progression it actually sinks in. Thank You.

  14. steflukas July 29, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    sound can I use alternative strumming on the chords G&D

  15. Lewis Harle August 8, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    have problems with memory

  16. Trnjanin Ossie August 31, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    If my fingers were softer things would be much easier. it seem to me that they are made of steel. Finding it very hard to get the fingers on the strings as required

  17. Steve Shepherd December 13, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

    Well I've started,it's painfull to the hands and ears but it's a start

  18. Ismail Mgunda January 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    thank for the iesson

  19. Mj Stanley February 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    thank you oh so muc

  20. Richard March 11, 2016 at 1:18 am #

    Am just starting to be on this site. (1) How can I get the past postings you have sent out ?
    (2) Where can I get a chart showing the different chords in each key showing which are the principal, relative minor, alt. Chords and which are the major and which are the minor ?
    The chart I have shows different chords than what the ones mentioned in the comments of the reply section. Example; mine shows for key of G- G, C, D7, Em, Am, B7, G6/Em7, G dim., G aug., C6, Em6, Am6.
    Thanks for all help !

  21. Jonathan March 14, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    Hi Richard, are you on our email newsletter? You can signup here:

    I’m not sure what chart you have there, but it sounds like it is a lot more complicated than the basic chords for the key. The basic chords for G major are: G major, C major, D major, as well as A minor, B minor, and E minor. Those are the six basic chords a beginner needs to worry about… anything more begins to cloud the issue pretty quickly.

  22. Stan April 27, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    I think I need intermediate lessons

  23. Byron May 15, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Colin,
    I have just begun to follow your course. You do a great job with beginners. Thank you. I have a really basic question. Do you have any suggestions for toughening the finger tips, until regular playing does the job? Again, Thank you.

  24. Jonathan May 17, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi Byron, the best thing I know of to toughen up the fingertips is… practice! Unfortunately there’s no magic bullet for that one 😉

  25. aliw April 1, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    thanks! i just got a guitar and my fingertips are burning! i am a total beginner and will follow through… thank u so much for helping us (beginners).

  26. David Rosen May 18, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    I like the talk however I’m am a Intermeadiate player who has 5 guitars and 1 acoustic. It’s very different than a solid body electric. It doesn’t play consistently clean cords or rifs and as far as barre chords which i use all the time cause i use the Ionian scale, so all my 7 chords on that scale r all bar chords on the 6th,5th and 4th strings, both major and minor and diminished. I don’t know how ur course course can help me, already have an instructer. And i have a problem with online lessons as opposed to 1 on 1. Online u can’t see me so u don’t know what I’m doing so u can’t correct me or give feedback immeadeitly.

  27. Jonathan May 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    Hi David,

    In reference to your points about bar chords and the acoustic, it sounds to me like your acoustic might need a tune up. There really should be no good reasons why you can’t play a bar chord the same as you do on your electric…

    Re the local instructor point, yeah, one on one instruction is the best kind. That said, it is more expensive, and often folks have difficulty finding one who is properly skilled and whom they trust. If you have all the above, congrats, stick with it.

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