7 Fun & Easy Guitar Chord Progressions For Beginners

The following post is going to show you a series chord progressions that you can add to your practice routine.  A chord progression is  a series of chords played one after another in a particular order. This is a great way to put all of those beginner chords you worked so hard at learning into practice, but in a way that feels more like playing guitar and not so much like a boring practice routine.

If you aren’t sure how to play any of the following chords, I have included links to where you can learn each chord in a separate lesson.

C Major, D Major, D Minor, E Major, E Minor, G Major, A Major, A Minor

Here are the Chord Progressions:

G – C – D – G

G – Am – D – G

D – G – A – D

D – C – G – D

D – E Minor – A – D

C – Dm – G – C

E – D – A – E

For the chord progressions, strum each chord 4 times with a down up down up strumming pattern. Or you can take a look at a post I put together on strumming patterns to make these chord progressions a bit more challenging.  Go very slow in the beginning so that you will be able to change chords smoothly and accurately.

You can test and see if you are playing each chord accurately by playing one string at a time on the chord. If you hear any buzzing , or if any of the notes sound muted, you are either not pressing down hard enough, or one of your fingers or your hand is touching another string.

I know this all seems very difficult in the beginning, and it may seem that way for some time.  The most important thing to remember is to never give up.

Eventually your hands will become stronger, your chords will sound cleaner and your chord changes will become faster.

Enjoy and Happy Guitar Playing!


14 Comments on "7 Fun & Easy Guitar Chord Progressions For Beginners"

  1. This is magic & fantastic! Keep on developing this on Sun, 17th Aug 2008 2:20 pm 

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  2. KK on Sun, 24th Aug 2008 1:08 am 


  3. rserpe on Wed, 27th Aug 2008 6:00 pm 

    Thank you for your wonderful comments and your questions. I am happy you are enjoying the website.

    KK: You asked, How to fix a string?

    The only option you have is to replace the string.

    Replacing a string takes a bit of practice, but it’s not as difficult as it may seem.

    I put together a post not too long ago that includes links and videos which demonstrate how to change your guitar strings.

    Here is the link:


    I hope this helps!

  4. Joe on Sun, 21st Sep 2008 9:35 pm 

    Just started playing today, your videos have helped a lot thank you! ;-D

  5. rserpe on Tue, 23rd Sep 2008 12:24 am 

    Hi Joe,

    You are most welcome.

    Thanks for stopping by and the best of luck with your guitar playing!

  6. Daniel on Thu, 9th Oct 2008 9:25 am 

    Hey i haven’t bought a guitar yet, but im looking into it. Anyways yeah i looked at the videos you have posted and i think you will save me alot of money. Thank you so much for posting these videos to help out beginners. You have made me more intrested in learning how to play.

  7. Daniel on Fri, 23rd Jan 2009 5:39 pm 

    I started playin a day or two ago. because of your help im already playin correct chords and learning progressions. thanks a ton!!!

  8. Rebecca on Thu, 13th Aug 2009 1:30 pm 

    Hey, thanks so much for all of this, its really helpful! I’ve written a few songs and now I can sing them and play a few chords too, so they sound much better =] Thanks =D

  9. shane on Fri, 14th Aug 2009 1:48 am 

    well going back to the broken string, there is a way to mend a broken string. however it should be replaced asap because that is the best way to handle a broken string. if need be and your string snaps suddenly,depending on where the break is at it may be able to be fixed by simply twisting the two ends together until tightly wound and proceed to re-stringing.

  10. chris on Thu, 3rd Jun 2010 2:51 pm 

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  11. Annadele on Sat, 16th Apr 2011 9:08 pm 

    This is quite a wonderful webpage. I thoroughly have enjoyed using this… (I’ve only been using it for about 30 minutes:)) thank you for taking your time to help us beginner guitar players! my fingers hurt, but being able to play is well worth it!

  12. Josh on Sun, 22nd May 2011 11:19 pm 

    This website is super helpful for beginners thanks alot!!! Me and my friends reference you all the time & it really does help

  13. rserpe on Mon, 23rd May 2011 2:22 pm 

    Hi Josh,

    You are very welcome! I am very happy to hear you are finding the Website helpful.

    – Ralph

  14. Redfeather on Sun, 14th Oct 2012 1:00 pm 

    Quite amazing really..i went from just knowing the A and D chord random strumming, to doing the full chord progression charts in about an hour. Thank you so much, it brought guitar back to life for me.

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