The image to the left illustrates the names of the six open strings on the guitar.
The strings, from sixth to first (thickest to thinnest) are named E, A, D, G, B and E again.
In order to help you memorize this, try using the accompanying phrase "Every Adult Dog Growls, Barks, Eats" to keep the order straight.
Try saying the string names out loud, one by one, as you play that string. Then, test yourself by pointing to a random string on your guitar, then trying to name that string as quickly as possible. In following lessons, we'll be learning the names of the notes on various frets on the guitar, but for now, we'll just stick with the open strings.
Learning an E Minor Chord
Playing an E minor chordEasiest chord first... playing an Eminor chord only involves using two fingers in your fretting hand. Start by placing your second finger on the second fret of the fifth string. Now, place your third finger on the second fret of the fourth string. Strum all six strings, and, there you have it, an Eminor chord!
Now, like last lesson, test yourself to make sure you're playing the chord properly. Starting on the sixth string, strike each string one at a time, making sure each note in the chord is ringing clearly. If not, study your fingers, and identify what the problem is. Then, try to adjust your fingering so the problem goes away.
Learning an A Minor Chord
Learning a D Minor Chord
Check to see if your chord is ringing clearly. Watch the Dminor chord... be sure you are only strumming the bottom four strings... otherwise, the chord might not sound so nice!