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Play 10 Songs With 4 Chords – Free Guitar Lessons

October 18, 2019

Hey I’m Nate Savage and you know, one of the
best things about the guitar is you can learn just a handful of chords and you can literally
play hundreds of the best songs that were ever written. In the case of this lesson,
I’m going to teach your four chords that you can use to play ten songs. First of all let’s learn the chords that we’re
going to be using in this lesson. The first one is a G major, second one is a C major,
third one is a D major, and the last one is an E minor. Okay, let’s start with the G major
chord. Put your third finger on the third fret of the low E string, second finger is
going to go on the second fret of the A string, and your pinky finger is going to grab the
third fret of the high E string. And you can strum all six strings. Now one thing you’re going to want to remember
when you’re making these chords is come right down on your fingertips, on the very tips
of your fingers, and try to stay right behind the fret. Keep you fingers as close to behind
the fret as possible. That way you can ensure a good sound without any buzzing. Next chord, a C major. Let’s take our third
finger and put it on the third fret of the A string, second finger is going to go on
the second fret of the D string, and your first finger is going to come back here and
grab the first fret of the B string. Make sure to come down on the very tips of your
fingers for this chord. If you don’t you will definitely notice it. Check it out. Strum
the top five strings, leave the low E string out. Watch this little change right here.
If I just let my fingers get a little lazy that’s going to sound terrible, so make sure
to come right down on your fingertips. Next chord, D major chord, open D major. Put
your first finger on the second fret of the G string, or the third string, third finger
third fret of the B string, second finger second fret of the high E string. Now leave
the sixth and fifth strings out, and just strum the top four strings there. Alright, the last chord for you is just a
regular E minor chord. Put your second finger on the second fret of the A string and your
third finger on the second fret of the D string, and you can strum all six strings with this
chord. Now that I’ve showed you those chords that
we’re going to be using let’s just talk about strumming really quick in the context of this
lesson. I’m going to keep things really really simple for your strumming hand or your right
hand. That way you can focus on learning the songs and getting the chord changes for the
song smooth. Alright let’s get down to business here and
learn a song that uses these chords. We’re gonna learn probably one of the most popular
tunes of all time, song by The Beatles called Let It Be. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Um, let’s go put our G major chord on here,
and I’m gonna do this in groups of two strums for your right hand just so you know. So,
the verse of this tune, just strum G twice. And then go to a D. Strum that twice. E minor
twice. And go to a C twice. Back to a G, a D, a C, and then back to a G one more time.
And that’s pretty much the entire verse to the song. It just goes through that whole
progression twice. Let me play that progression for you uninterrupted so you can hear what
it sounds like. So that’s the verse of the tune Let It Be,
and let’s get to the chorus now. The chorus goes to an E minor twice, a D, C, G, stay
on a G and do that two more times, go to a D, a C, and then finally end up on a G. So
let me play the entire chorus for you real quick. So as you can see, you can get through that
entire song using just these four chords. There are some walkdowns and stuff in there,
but like I said we’re keeping things real simple for your right hand. Um, another song
that uses almost exclusively those four chords is the Beyonce song If I Were A Boy. All it
is is E minor, C, G, and D. I think there’s an A minor on the bridge somewhere, but almost
the entire song is just those four chords like this. So you may be thinking “Nate that’s great
but I know all of these songs aren’t in the key of G major”, and you’re right. The song
Let It Be is in the key of C. So what are we going to do about that? How’re we going
to get around it. The answer is this little gem right here. It’s called a capo, and if
you’ve never used one they are great. It lets you use those four chords to play just a ton
of songs. So, what I would do if I wanted to play along with Let It Be to the album.
I would put my capo on my fifth fret, and then I can play those exact same chords, G,
D, C, and E minor, those shapes and I’ll be in the key of C. I’ll show you why. If this note right here is a G, right here
on the third fret of the low E string. If I moved up a whole step from there, two frets,
that would now be an A. Another whole step would be a B, and a half step from there would
be a C. So this G shape is now a C chord. This capo is pretty much like a movable nut
for the guitar. Here you go, I’ll show you what Let It Be
sounds like playing it in the actual key that it was written in. So you see what I mean? This should show you how valuable these four chords are and how valuable knowing how to use a capo is too. So what I’m going to do now is just go through
all ten songs in this lesson, the choruses of them to just help you see what they sound
like. And below you’re going to see the artist, the title of the song, what key it’s in, what
fret to put your capo on, and then just the main chord progression for the chorus. For
some of these you’ll be able to play just the chorus. For some of them you can play
the entire song using just these four chords. So you see what I mean? This should show you
just how valuable these four chords are, and how valuable learning how to use a capo can
be for you. So just to clarify, the chords that you saw on the bottom of the page there
as I was playing each song are the actual shapes that you are playing, not the names
of the actual chords. So being able to play this many songs is awesome
motivation for you. You’re gonna be able to play some real music, and it’s great practice
for you to work on your chord transitions too. Pick a few songs that you liked out of
these ten, and go back and pause the video once they’re up. Write the key of the song
down and which fret you should be capoed on and work on them. Work them into your practice
time, and work on getting your chord transitions smooth. Thanks for watching everyone. I just launched
a new guitar lesson series that you can get right now for free. Just go to
and I’ll see you there.


  • Reply Zarmeena Khan September 23, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Nate i've finished your lessons on quick guitar series which consissts of about 15 vids . Where do I get the next lessons stepwise, the fresh ones???

  • Reply Lillianna Smith September 24, 2017 at 8:36 pm


  • Reply silent play September 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    that for newbie

  • Reply liamaxtonhall October 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Why don't you write the chords on screen? or at least in the description

  • Reply Richmontero Gaming October 15, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    thanks man, I m getting the hang of it cuz of u

  • Reply Abhishek Taylor October 28, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Hey Nate how can I get those melodic beats like type of metronome

  • Reply Neelam Kumar November 12, 2017 at 10:37 am


  • Reply Sweeping Posts November 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Guitareo, how do you do the templet for the chords?

  • Reply LaughingwithTaylor November 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I've been playing guitar for two years but I still can't switch chords properly

  • Reply Anna Moqadam 54 November 14, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Omg my pick is just like you

  • Reply Num lock November 20, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    i love this guy. still working on my progress and im stickin on his videos.totally recommended for newbies.

  • Reply Harry Hirsch December 5, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Have never seen someone explainig this as simple as you just did. Thanks a lot – you made my penny finally drop!

  • Reply Chang Aman December 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

    can you teach me strumming pattern of song ' peace of mind

  • Reply Asuzen Fonas December 20, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    What does the black and white dots mean? The one without numbers in them.

  • Reply Michelle Lange December 25, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    This is great! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply RC Lego Movies January 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    What is the name of that beyonce song?

  • Reply Sharon Alice Roy January 11, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Thank you….

  • Reply Paawan Chhabra January 23, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    D major is really difficult for me
    Everytime my high E string mutes
    Pls tell a solution for thatπŸ™πŸ™

  • Reply Kirsten Johnson February 20, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    kirey. You. Baby. Hirey. wirey.
    sirey. yires. direy day. ok. cirehs.
    hiup. hireppy. birey fried look.
    you hoy.wirek.hirey.

  • Reply Top Dawg February 25, 2018 at 11:41 am

    starts at 2:51

  • Reply Judgement Mashele March 5, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    it is a best lesson ever in the youtube of changing doing slowly as you do is easy to learn

  • Reply GodFather's Lollipop March 10, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Can a capo be used on an electric guitar?

  • Reply cefek1 April 9, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Good bless You man. U make big progress in my study.

  • Reply MUSE-FOR- MUSIC April 15, 2018 at 6:49 am

    awesome chords

  • Reply anderson silva April 21, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Thank you so much for this video

  • Reply Lamby Corn May 5, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    0:43 why are some circles darker and at the top the circles are white and 1 black? Total newbie here haha

  • Reply Lamby Corn May 5, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Cool but those songs sound nothing like actual songs lol
    No hate! Just saying

  • Reply Hooligan Higgins May 7, 2018 at 12:03 am

    One of the easiest song to learn stand by me. Lost boy ruth b. Happy bady

  • Reply Sree Charan May 8, 2018 at 6:07 am


  • Reply Jaden Peter May 14, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks man thanks a lot

  • Reply Janice PoncΓ© May 22, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I really wish you would put the chords up at the beginning or a link where we can download the song with the chords, strum patterns and possibly picking. I don’t care if I have to pay for it.

  • Reply antonio030562 June 3, 2018 at 3:58 am


  • Reply Leon lobo July 7, 2018 at 3:59 pm


  • Reply SamLeeRay July 8, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Sure it’s a great idea to remember chord and how is constructed. Yet there’s a rhythm and finger switching chord you have to get used to get the sound right.

  • Reply Martin OmΓΈ July 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm


  • Reply Zedrei Canlas July 27, 2018 at 10:48 am

    What was the first song?

  • Reply Zedrei Canlas July 27, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Bruh he didint said the song

  • Reply Strawberry alarm clock the royal concept August 2, 2018 at 12:30 am

    G d em c g d c g

  • Reply Strawberry alarm clock the royal concept August 2, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Em d c g x2 d c g

  • Reply Pink Glasses August 3, 2018 at 1:39 am

    My pinky has trouble moving independently without the third.

  • Reply the_6_strings August 6, 2018 at 5:59 am

    It comes in gmajor family

  • Reply Jeff Anderson August 25, 2018 at 3:51 am

    What guitar string gauge does nate use I like how his is sounding

  • Reply Jeff Anderson August 25, 2018 at 3:53 am

    And is it a steal string gutair

  • Reply Gabriele Raich August 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    tanxxxxxxxxx nice of u

  • Reply LINK IVAN September 1, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    This is a really good video… for those who have a capo

  • Reply Virgile Oiseaux September 2, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I don't play guitar and I certainly never will! But men.. this is so beautiful to listen. Especially "when I come around"! please make entire videos for each one of them

  • Reply Project-awesome customs and music September 9, 2018 at 1:03 am

    The most overused chord progression ever.

  • Reply Dan September 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks alotttt

  • Reply Siddhant aryal September 17, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Give me that guitar

  • Reply Sainjana Langthasa September 21, 2018 at 4:36 am

    I wish i had ur fingers ❀

  • Reply C.L Ramok September 25, 2018 at 1:53 pm


  • Reply BCS September 30, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    My fingers are barely long enough to even play some of the chords

  • Reply PhoenixRP RuleBreaks October 21, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    2 Strums G, D, E minor, C, G, D, C, G,

  • Reply Pragya Tripathi October 22, 2018 at 6:46 am

    You are a Savage πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Emily Abbott October 23, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    I'm just starting guitar myself, and i might do a video on it.

  • Reply Ruth Daimon October 28, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Nate, I just want to thank you man. You make it so easy for us rookies. You are a Godsent!

  • Reply Ruth Daimon October 28, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Crying by Aerosmith though? Any chance I could get the full tutorial with the finger picking? It's an amazing composition.

  • Reply Clement 911 October 30, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Easily the best guitar teacher in this bitch! πŸ‘Œ

  • Reply eber Berrospi November 12, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    What about the strumming pattern for each song

  • Reply StiLL BreaThinG November 24, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    nice bro

  • Reply Navneet Singh Jamwal January 10, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Please play game of thrones theme song

  • Reply Tanmay Revuri January 12, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I love your tutorials is there any way I can donate to you

  • Reply αˆ³α‹­αŠ•αˆ΅αŠ“ αŠ¨αˆ³α‹­αŠ•αˆ΅ α‰£αˆ»αŒˆαˆ­ January 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    You are an amazing guitar teacher. Thanks for the video.

  • Reply Jenny J January 24, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Please can you write down for us the strumming? I can’t really see it. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Chris Hughes January 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    BeyoncΓ© and guitar should not be in the same sentence.

  • Reply Neetu Karki February 3, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Can you do a video on here comes the sun

  • Reply RG Vector February 5, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I cannot hold the G

    I think my fingers are too small

  • Reply Alexander U. February 8, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    thanks for the lesson! it's "Save Tonight" though ))

  • Reply ክα‰₯ሬ ነሽ αˆ€αŒˆαˆ¬ February 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Alessandra White February 28, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Wow great lesson. Thank you

  • Reply Greatest Laker Ever March 10, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I cant play the G chord like he plays it because my ring finger blocks the 5th string. Any tips?

  • Reply scoutsy April 2, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Who all is watching this in 2019? πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Mokwarh April 5, 2019 at 10:39 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! this actually helped me alot

  • Reply Peklara May 5, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Who tf plays a G chord like that lmao

  • Reply Puneet Kalra May 12, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    You've over simplified things Sir your stuff on capo is ok but strumming pattern of these songs are complicated and definitely not beginner level

  • Reply Jonathan Perks May 13, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Why do you not talk about the strumming patterns for each, that just ruins the whole value of the video

  • Reply Bibek Belbase May 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Em 2 d. C. G.2. D. C. G

  • Reply Govind Bharti May 15, 2019 at 5:03 pm


  • Reply Gabriel DeRapp May 31, 2019 at 11:07 am

    I have some OLD habits I must change, such as the new fingering you showed in another video. Cause OLD habits die hard. The transformation is going to be tedious. I haven't played in 20 years; so learning and to train guitar fingering might not be so hard as I think … I hope. AND … It used to be a 12 string now I am using a 6. That makes it a different instrument. I am now 65 and enjoying life.

    Thank you for showing the easier way to change from C to G, I always had problems with that procedure.

    I am subscribed, and you will always get a thumbs-up: Thank you.

  • Reply TimTalksTV June 4, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    it looks like hes crying all the time

  • Reply Michael Sinclair June 24, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you, for your time and video!!

  • Reply Gaming with Thalia van der lely June 29, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Thanks so much i wanted to play guitar and now i canπŸ’šπŸ’š

  • Reply Um why not July 12, 2019 at 1:25 am

    This dude legit came off a break up and made a video

  • Reply Yeukai Chandaengerwa July 13, 2019 at 7:06 pm


  • Reply Singer Tush July 18, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Please gift me this guitar

  • Reply Matkaveli Matters July 21, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Haha i was watching someone elses video on songs using these chords, too.

    He did The Kingsmen – Louie, Louie, Steve Miller Band – The Joker, Eddie Chochran – Come on Everybody, Lynard Skynard – Sweet Home Alabama, The Proclaimers – I'm Gonna Be, Tom Petty – Free Fallin, and Bob Dylan's Knockin On Heavens Door.

    I've been learnng lots of 50's rock classics lately. Everyly Brothers is great.

  • Reply SushiGirls Fun and More! July 30, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Too fast

  • Reply Jazzy -yy August 2, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    I’m learning this song 3:50

  • Reply Romano Afrika August 4, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Love it man keep posting stuff like that

  • Reply Sergen Tunca August 6, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    HELP ME!!
    Hello . I live in Turkey. I went to guitar course for 1 year and I can't play guitar
    .I watch Youtube video but I still can't play
    . Do you think I should use a flute?

  • Reply Ryanstein Raymond August 21, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Hi! Can I know which guitar your using? I really like the sound of it!

  • Reply Amyg Dala September 4, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    β€žLet it beβ€œ , the first guitar song to practice! TπŸ˜‚πŸ€£ funny 🀟

  • Reply Mawjam makdoh September 5, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Please play "thankyou God" by chris tomlin -phil wickham …for me

  • Reply Ratboy2004 September 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you. Great lessons. You're a good teacher.

  • Reply Dovahkiin VOKUL September 10, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I got that ad saying that youtube guitar lessons are so bad to learn from, when I watched this video.


  • Reply William Bonilla September 13, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Help I need more practice I'mma show wen in playing I got my crowd and fans πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

  • Reply Some Dude September 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Uh that G Major chord is incorrect, just to point out i know im late

  • Reply Arlen Cuen September 28, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Nice video. I really like playing guitar. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daisy mana Ray September 30, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Sir I do not have capo, πŸ˜…

  • Reply ThijsGaming October 10, 2019 at 9:38 am


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