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Play TEN guitar songs with three EASY chords E A & D – 3 Chord Songs on Guitar

October 21, 2019


Hi guys, my name’s Andy and in this lesson I’m going to be showing you the easiest three chords to play on guitar, and then demonstrate TEN SONGS that use only these three chords. Each one of those songs will have its own
video linking from this lesson so you can see that lessons in its complete form and
know exactly how to play those songs. This follows on from my very successful ‘Play 10 songs with 2 easy chords’ series And this series is Level 2, and that series being Level 1 of my beginners course. The lessons do follow on from here. On the homepage on my Youtube channel or on my website you will find Level 3, Level 4 etc if this is something you really enjoy! The 3 chords I’m going to be demonstraiting for you are E, A & D chords. And we’re gonna have close ups on each one of those chords and the changes between them so we can really nail these songs! I will be demonstrating one song in it’s entirety (in this video) and that song will be ‘Lean On Me’ and that will come at the end of this lesson. So the 2 chords that I covered in the first series of videos ‘Play 10 songs with 2 chords’ were the E major and the A major. in this fashion with the 1st finger used as an anchor point to go between those two chords The new chord that we’re gonna be using along with those 2 chords is the D major, (which is played) like this So i’m going to start off with the D major because that will be new for a lot of you that have come from that first video but I’ll also go through the other 2 chords as well and how to cha nge between them So this is the D major chord and to play this we need our 1st finger at that 3rd string, 2nd fret and it needs to be as far to this side of the fret as possible Be right on the tip of your fingers so make sure your not pressing the bottom of the guitar (neck) & have your thumb behind the fretboard and it wants to be resting (just creeping over) the top of the neck but certainly not right over like this we’re going to keep it behind. Your middle finger goes at the 2nd fret on the 1st string, like this and you can see now I’ve created this angle so i can fit both of my fingers in here. If you try and play this with your fingers straight up, it will probably be more difficult for you. This angle allows the 3rd finger to reach the 3rd fret of the 2nd string And thats how we play this D chord The little finger isn’t down at all So we have 1, 2, 3 with our fingers on an angle little finger placed near the 3rd finger just to keep your hand in a more solid shape And then we strum from string 4 which is the D string. and our D chord should sound right. Try not to play either of the thicker 2 strings and that will be our D chord. To change to the A chord, which is the most common change we’re going to keep the first finger down and move the middle finger above, and the 3rd finger below That [A chord] is played like this and we strum from string 5 this time because string 5 is the A string. So the lowest note of each of these chords has the same letter name (as the name of the chord) The A chord alone Will be 1st finger around the middle of the fret at the 2nd fret of the 3rd string middle finger directly above it and 3rd finger directly below it So 1, 2, 3 Each of those fingers needs to be as far to this side of the fret without crossing over this fret line here. To change to the D chord we’ve just learnt make sure you slide to this side of the fret for the D & then slide back for the A to ensure we don’t get any dead strings ringing out If I play at this side of the fret I simply have to press on MUCH harder And it still doesn’t sound as good So it’s really super important There the D chord. Thumb just creeping over the top 1st finger stays down Slide back a little bit Middle finger above, 3rd finger below And thats the A chord there. Very similar technique to get to the E chord 1st finger stays down Slide it to the 1st fret, same string Middle finger string 5 fret 2 Subtitles by the Amara.org community

86 Comments

  • Reply Fahad Jamal December 4, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    please do make a video on some sad tune on guitar

  • Reply Mike Davis December 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    thanks for making guitar easy to learn! For an old man its nice to learn music and relax.

  • Reply Iraq M December 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Can u play something Arabic

    From iraq

  • Reply Rishabh Rawat December 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Can you Please make a Hindi song tutorial. My Request is "Chala jata hoon".

    Thank You 🙂

  • Reply Rangon December 4, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    very helpful videos! thanks a lot man! 🙂

  • Reply NRL X TQH December 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    i need to see this, i will get my guitar tomorrow!!!

  • Reply DJ Libertine December 4, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Great Video Andy…As always!

  • Reply Alex Roman December 4, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Can you play?
    "let her go"
    "Boulevard of broken dreams"
    And or "American idiot "
    Please I really like these songs

  • Reply Anne Kakes December 5, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Do you play any Buckethead? songs Like Padmasana or soothsayer?

  • Reply K Ho December 5, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    wow Andy your video editing skills have really improved!

  • Reply Sherybull kop December 6, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I learn lots of guitar things with the help of your videos so keep it up (Y) 🙂 😉

  • Reply Jonny Silanko December 8, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Can you do a lesson on Burndt Jamb by weezer please 😀 ?

  • Reply Amanda Glenn December 16, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Your videos are very helpful. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Benjamin Mawson December 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    You don't have to do it that way of playing the chords. I learned it differently yes it's a little bit more challenging but there is always more than one way to play!

  • Reply TheFreesubs12 December 20, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Love the video. I made it to level 5 but I am still learning some much by the videos. I used to think that D is played on 5th string its actually 4th lol.

  • Reply Farai Chirimuuta January 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    excellent, stuff Andy. Really helpful and much more fun than starting off with endless chords to learn!

  • Reply Shruthi Iyer January 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    please play some Justin Bieber songs your channel is best I can understand everything easily

  • Reply Madison Kate Proffitt January 20, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Thank you so much Andy!!! i've had my guitar for three days and i've made it this far all thanks to you~~ FOREVER GRATEFUL xx

  • Reply Peerapol Torwong January 23, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Thank you for your tips on finger memories and how to change chords with sliding technique. This really helps a old newbie like me.

  • Reply Kay Kiyani February 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    please do stitches

  • Reply After_Midnight February 22, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    What about U2s Desire? I find it very good practice for DAE pattern and sing-along.

  • Reply Far Heath Recording Studios February 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Dude , your a dude

  • Reply YAKMAN ONT February 28, 2016 at 3:50 am

    come with me let's go kayak fishing

  • Reply XxnaruhinateroxX March 20, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Pewdiepie is making guitar lessons. Lol jk
    Nice tutorial dude

  • Reply tzago vogue March 31, 2016 at 11:25 am

    well I have to say that your vid help me a lot in approving my chords , learn more kind of easier way for the basic chords.. but I do have a hard time probably because my guitar seems to be sound out a bit btw thanks

  • Reply Juzar Dean April 6, 2016 at 3:05 am

    can u do a video for nina simones – my baby cares for me? @andyGuitar

  • Reply Sean Watson May 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I just got a martin dreadnought jr about two weeks ago. i have a friend that has many different guitars and he is decent at the craft. I went ahead and got a guitar to try to learn . I have to say out of all the people ive seen on youtube, your channel is the best so far.. very helpful with basics. cant wait to learn more. thanks for the help.

  • Reply John Hasson May 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Just wanted to let you know how useful and accessible these videos are. Thanks.

  • Reply Trenasaurus Rex June 20, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Andy I've learned almost everything I know from you, and I think you're amazing! I was wondering when the Sweet Caroline instructional video would be coming out, as that is the song I was most excited for

  • Reply Christopher Ralph Herrera July 4, 2016 at 8:21 am

    this is great thanks a lot

  • Reply Craig Finch July 27, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Andy great tutorial love to see you Justin and Gareth evens playing together in the same room what an amazing sound that be respect Bruv

  • Reply Isabel kraft August 3, 2016 at 4:52 am

    You're going to fast you need to slow down I don't even know how to play anymore😓😫

  • Reply Idiotic Seeker September 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you so much
    It help me a lot

  • Reply Doug Brewer September 29, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    you said when you stum you hit all stings to play the cord but i notice you leaving out #6 alot and i think #5 sometimes also why is that?

  • Reply Niam James Horayne October 1, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    i can't even play a single chord. help.

  • Reply Stephanie Guilmenot January 21, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I love your videos. I subscribed. I am practicing all of your songs and am enjoying my guitar. So I am planning to take lessons.

  • Reply Joel Johansson February 28, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    that is not a corektly A major😅

  • Reply Bartek Siewruk March 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Very Easy!

  • Reply Sai Krishna March 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I can play D and E but A major is not coming can i go with Asus2? Help and how to switch chords easy and quick?thanks in advance

  • Reply JaimeEatsMusic April 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I read a study that stated individuals with a last name related to a specific field take employment in said field at a higher rate than can be explained by coincidence or chance. How amazing that you teach guitar, it was fated.

  • Reply Shane Hodge June 8, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Andy just want to say thank you. Three months ago today my wife bought me my first guitar Im 58 and its been a life long goal to learn how to play. This morning whilst I was playing the three easy cords it dawned on me…Wow I can play the guitar I was so happy, fngers dancing between frets, making music not just noise, long way to go but mate thanks so much for all your Videos you made me so happy.

  • Reply Anh Phạm June 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    you're good teacher 😄

  • Reply flying high June 26, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Awesome Andy, lots of lop from nepal

  • Reply Mby G17 August 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Thanks a bunch, Andy!
    Been my lifelong goal to play guitar and your tutorials are a great help to beginners like me 🙂
    If you've got the time, could you do a tutorial on "Plug in Baby" by Muse?

  • Reply Jakkious Eliot September 1, 2017 at 6:45 am

    is it me or is your diagram upsidedown? It looks upside down and backwards.

  • Reply Nathan Henry September 11, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Ik this vid is old but thank u so much u are literally the best I could find

  • Reply Praveen September 26, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Thank you Andy! Great lesson 🙂

  • Reply Unka Jerl November 19, 2017 at 2:23 am

    I found you two months ago. You've put me well on my way. I was afraid that learning an instrument would be too difficult. You've made it much easier, thank you.

  • Reply maymay January 3, 2018 at 3:43 am

    At this moment I️ realized that most songs require a d chord, that I️ broke

  • Reply SuperBeliv January 14, 2018 at 10:47 am

    The way you teach is just so easy to understand. Your classes were greatly beneficial to me.Thank you very much.

  • Reply SuperBeliv January 14, 2018 at 10:48 am

    The way you teach is just so easy to understand. Your classes were greatly beneficial to me.Thank you very much.

  • Reply Caleb Kroll GDC February 25, 2018 at 1:12 am

    And I'll be your a chord!

  • Reply yeeting while u weeping February 27, 2018 at 12:53 am

    S w e e t c a r o l i n e !

  • Reply Geoff Wales April 21, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Good to see A played the right way! Nice clear demo of the fingering changes.

  • Reply Tecky Jet April 30, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Best tutor I ever found on youtube keep it up dude

  • Reply Claire Bear May 14, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Thankyou very much fantastic help 😊

  • Reply Conrad K. May 30, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Nice thanks

  • Reply Preety Khekhaliya June 6, 2018 at 6:37 am

    really, u r amazing man
    ur way to teach is very easy & impressive.

  • Reply kdubphoto June 16, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Thank you so much for this Andy. Your clear and simple instructions and the comfortable pace keeps me motivated to learn

  • Reply Anderson Machado June 20, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Andy your lessons is very easy two learn. Thanks man. Anderson Machado from Brazil

  • Reply Hussen Almagdy August 7, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    you give me a hope, I played the song for the first time in my life
    thx dude!!!

  • Reply jyotsna singh August 20, 2018 at 9:37 am

    These are the best guitar tutorials out there! Thank you Andy! 🙂

  • Reply Katharina E October 14, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I love the songs you use as an example and I love The Beatles posters🤘🏼

  • Reply dealer of deeTh October 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    My guitar teacher has us learning bad moon rising by ccr with these three cords

  • Reply Keith Davis October 25, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for putting this together Andy.
    E, A and D it is then.

  • Reply lucas ge October 25, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    My finger hurts so much when I’m playing d major lol, there’s lines on my fingers

  • Reply Nghiem Nguyen December 16, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Thanh you , so much i love your clip . Teacher

  • Reply Suurpapasuksu December 28, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Villanueva MPS February 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    can u play "gummo" by Tekashi Sixnine

  • Reply Dennis LastName February 28, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Following the link was supposed to take us to the ten songs, not a repeat of how to play chords, the A chord incorrectly.

  • Reply Donzy Egypt March 3, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Thanks a lot

  • Reply Christine Alicea April 29, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you! Especially for telling me which strings to strum when I am on a chord.

  • Reply priti joshi May 6, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Hope for your 1 million

  • Reply gregory palamas May 16, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you Andy.. Much appreciated sir. 👍

  • Reply nwalkernc June 20, 2019 at 12:30 am

    This some cap

  • Reply Nathan Roberts July 21, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    You, sir, restore my hope in humanity. Thank you so much.

  • Reply Jen Beckman July 24, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Thank you! シEXTREMELY helpful

  • Reply Nghia Vuong July 30, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply tajaro2 gaming July 31, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    i hate you andy your uglyer than a the uglyiest man in the world

  • Reply tajaro2 gaming July 31, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    kiding andy you gave me a good start lots of love

  • Reply tajaro2 gaming July 31, 2019 at 5:37 pm

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  • Reply Nidsemaj Pay August 1, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Pewdiepie is that you??

  • Reply JHE TORRES ME U SIC August 3, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Very helpful …3chords … in ten songs …👍👍👍..thanks andy …

  • Reply Bob Bob August 23, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I swear you're the actor that plays the pastor in broadchurch

  • Reply PiggoPie September 28, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    PEWDIEPIE
    IS THTA YOU

  • Reply JC Keegs October 5, 2019 at 4:53 am

    You're awesome! THANK YOU so much for the easy to follow lessons! 👍

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