Welcome to a new weekly 10-second tip.

It always seems to me that many beginners are taught a lot of random chords.

Some of these chords are useful, others less so.


When it comes to learning your chords though, you will want a plan and I always say it is a good idea to:


“Truly master the ‘big five’ chords”


These big five chords are G D Em C Am.

All these chords work together nicely and if you can play them cleanly, and change between them in a smooth way…

The doors to being able to play many songs will be unlocked.

Just be warned…


It will take time to master those chords and changing between them won’t happen overnight (unless you are a very experienced player).

Go slowly with them, practice them daily, and be patient.

Most of all, don’t waste time learning other non-essential chords, at least not until you are proficient with these.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this simple 10-second tip.


If you want more help using these chords and having a tonne of fun with them, you may want to check out the book, The Ultimate Guide to Strumming.

The Ultimate Guide to Strumming


Enjoy your Friday!

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


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