Most beginners pick up the guitar because they want to learn a song, or songs. Songs of course are made up of chords so students want to learn to play chords as quickly as possible. The tough part is that chords aren’t the easiest things to play on the guitar, and they can frustrate a beginner to sit their guitar down for a while if they’re not careful.

Today I’m going to show you three different chords you can learn quickly using only the bottom three strings of your guitar. Two of them will be easy for you to play right away, while the third will require a bit of practice, but stick with it and you’ll have it down in no time.

NOTE: Below I have shared the tab for each of these 3 chords with you. In case you’re not familiar with guitar tab here is what it means. The 0’s stand for playing a particular string open, the numbers stand for the fret that is to be played on a particular string and the X’s are strings that you do not strum for that chord.

Three String Beginner C Chord

E — 0 —
B — 1 —
G — 0 —
D — X —
A — X —
E — X —

From the tab you can see that you only need to use one finger to play this chord. You should use your first finger and place it on the first fret of the B string. Only strum the bottom 3 strings, remember these are only 3 string chords.

Three String Beginner G Chord

E — 3 —
B — 0 —
G — 0 —
D — X —
A — X —
E — X —

To play this version of the G chord you only need to play one finger on the third fret of the high E aka. 6th string. You should use your third finger (ring finger) on that fret. Again only strum the bottom three strings.

The D7 Chord

You will find the D7 chord a bit more challenging then the G and C chords we covered first. Why? Because you have to press on a fret on the three bottom strings at once.

E — 1 —
B — 2 —
G — 1 —
D — X —
A — X —
E — X —

This chord is going to be a bit more difficult since it requires you to use three fingers at once. Each of the bottom three strings requires a fret to be used. From the tab above you can see which frets are pressed down. Use your second finger on the first fret of the E string, your third finger on the second fret of the B string and your first finger on the first fret of the G string.

Practice making this shape. It can be difficult when first starting out to successfully make the shape and only use the tips of your fingers pressing down on the strings.

The below video will provide more instruction on these beginner three string chords. Also I provide a close up of each chord so you can see exactly where to position your fingers and hands.

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