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Playing Your First Song – Beginner Guitar Lesson #10

October 11, 2019

Welcome to lesson ten of the Beginner Guitar
Quick-Start Series. In this lesson we’re going to put everything you’ve learned so far about
your strumming and your fretting hands together to play through a classic song. This is going
to be really fun for you because you’re going to apply everything you’ve learned so far
to some actual real music. If you’re a newer guitar player putting all these things together
can be pretty challenging, so now is a great time to go back and review some of the lessons
on either you know the open chords we’re using, fretting hand technique, or strumming to. So all of the chords we’ve learned so far
in the Beginner Guitar Quick-Start Series are in the key of G major. That’s not really
important for you to know where that comes from. I just want to kind of expose you to
the fact that all four of these chords are in the key of G major. What we’re going to
do is put these chords together in a progression to play through this song. That progression
is G, D, A minor 7, and then C. And you’re probably going to have a little trouble changing through these chords smoothly, but that’s fine. That’s normal at first. Practice. Remember
all the tips I’ve given you about changing chords smoothly and making your chords sound
clean and buzz free. Okay, what we’re going to do is keep the strumming
really really simple for now just so you can concentrate on making your chord changes smooth and clear.
So what we’re going to do is just strum each chord twice. So start with your G. Get it
on there, and just strum it twice. You can use downstrokes, that’s fine. From there switch
to a D. Use downstrokes again. Make sure not to play the E or the A strings here. Move
to an A minor 7, and leave the low E string out, remember for your strumming. Strum that twice, and then move to a C major and strum that twice. So try to visualize the next chord before
you need to go to it, remember. So if you’re on your G, by the time you’re hitting the
next strum, the second strum, you need to be thinking about that D chord so you can
move right to it. Same thing, start thinking about that A minor 7 early. Start thinking
about that C now. And if your chords are sounding not clear,
not great, or just a little buzzy sounding, make sure you’re coming right down on your
fingertips and that your fingers are right behind the frets. Once you start learning
how to switch between chords like this, when you learn new chords, switching between those
chords and the chords you already know will be easier. So be encouraged it does get easier
after a while. In the next lesson we’re going to dress up
your strumming and make it a little bit more musical, so get ready for that. If you have
any questions ask them in the comment section below. You can also email me [email protected]
See you.


  • Reply Alex Lugo November 2, 2015 at 12:14 am

    this is really helpful thanks man ! 🙂

  • Reply Van Vo November 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Thank you teacher! I am in love with you! ^^

  • Reply Shermen Anderson November 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Great details, your a darn good teacher, wish you were in wisconsin. Thanks so much for taking time to do this, very, very, helpful.

  • Reply ALEXANDRIUS November 17, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    this guy looks like Mark Zuckerberg a bit 😀

  • Reply Abdalrahman Gamal November 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I just start learning i really good changing between chords but, not all of them are easily to change between them

    is it going to take sometime or if it doesn't works from first time so it's not gonna work with me 😀

  • Reply tabiba tasnum archita December 13, 2015 at 5:38 am

    i find d major more hard

  • Reply Aiman Ishteyaque December 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    hey Nate, Thankyou for your quick start beginner lesson the chords you thought so far I can easily make them but when I try to strum fast the sound become rough. Why is this happening ?

  • Reply Lucas Geniole December 16, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    hey Nate. I always wanted to play the guitar. So i saw your videos and i am pretty good now. I bet if people watched all 12 of your videos they would become an amazing guitar player. You are truly the best guitar player i have ever seen in my life. thanks for teaching me how to play the guitar Nate.

  • Reply Alex Chavez December 26, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    its all good but you suddenly started going to fast with your lessons not that your not doing a good job if teaching but in one beginners lesson with the e and the d2 note it was just perfect….

  • Reply Tazwan Rahman January 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    can i get a summing pattern for rhythm of these chord??????

  • Reply Sam Laux January 3, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    the chords order sounds familiar. what song is it from

  • Reply Samuel Samin January 16, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    will only learning from your videos will be enough for playing the guitar smoothly and professionally ?

  • Reply Ekene Nafari BeyTM January 25, 2016 at 2:34 am

    look I'am 10 years old and it's hard for me to switch my fingers plus I'am playing whith a electric guitar,so it's gonna sound different than your acustic.

  • Reply TheLucozade15 January 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    My chords sound so much deeper , why is this ?

  • Reply john doe February 1, 2016 at 6:25 am

    tnx bro

  • Reply Rogelio Perez-Delgado February 3, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Thank you Nate! I think your lessons are very easy to understand. I just started a couple day ago and Im very exited. I dont have an acoustic guitar, Im practicing with electric guitar. Do you recommend getting an acoustic, is it an easy way to learn faster? Thank you again! Rogelio

  • Reply Android11 February 6, 2016 at 4:44 am

    what song is that and how exactly did anyone think that it was good enough to say it was finished. I am not hating on you just the song you have taught me some cool stuff and I thank you I cant wait to finish my training

  • Reply Gabriel Toledo February 7, 2016 at 6:36 am

    i started today starting with knowing nothing about the guitar this has helped me alot i heard from experienced players that it hurts but after a while it stops and its all worth it i want to get to that point and i bet that by watching your videos i will thank you nate for giving me your very detailed explanations and taking your time to not leave any thing out thank you for giving me an understanding of the guitar that my very experienced father failed to becaused i do not speak his language very well. i hope to soon have years of experience and show my future children what you have taught me. -Yaritza age 13

  • Reply Vikrant Goel February 14, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Good thing I listened to you and learned G major using 2nd, 3rd, and 4th finger

  • Reply Amanda Cole February 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm


  • Reply Gavin Berg March 19, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I love guitar lessons

  • Reply m nm April 1, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    tom hanks

  • Reply Lohith kumar April 10, 2016 at 11:25 am

    It's Very very helpful i wanna learn the guitar u gave me a clear and good picture on guitar through ur videos tq :);). The distance between by fretboard and strings a little more do i need to press my hand more harder

  • Reply Adrianna Brethour April 24, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    hate it more than macironi dirt and mud rock stew!

  • Reply Sabrina Wilder-louis April 26, 2016 at 12:53 am

    do you do private lessons

  • Reply Sabrina Wilder-louis May 4, 2016 at 9:59 pm


  • Reply Harshita Kushwaha May 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Nate. When I play the D major chord right after G major, it seems to sound completely differently. I don't to know how to say it in English but like, the quality of the sounds of both the chords are completely different and don't match at all. So, overall it sounds a little odd. Is this normal?

  • Reply Kaylee Reichard May 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    You have helped me so much thank you I love guitar and I have been doing it for two days

  • Reply Gurkaran Malhans June 2, 2016 at 9:52 am


  • Reply Van Hollingsworth June 2, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Wait, did you say what song this "classic song" is?!? It sounds like Ooh Baby I Love Your Ways, Peter Frampton, to me- but I'm sure it's the progression and rhythm of other songs too. Am I crazy, did you name it?

  • Reply John Hanley June 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    how is that a song

  • Reply Chandrakanth N S June 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Nate your teaching is just awesome! can you please put videos related to advance guitarists like little more than this.

  • Reply Sutej Singh June 30, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I am facing a lot of probs

  • Reply Manan jain July 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I've always wanted to learn to play guitar but its always been kinda tough. But you're an amazing teacher and a wonderful guitarist. Thanks to you, I've finally gotten over my fear of learning and playing guitar effectively.

  • Reply Nour Salem July 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Nate, thank you are so awesome and your video are helping me and i discovered many mistakes i was doing, you are the best teacher ever keep the good work

  • Reply Rami Aride July 22, 2016 at 3:01 am

    can you do a toturial for dream catcher – vexento please? i just wiiiiish to learn it its like my biggest dream atm :')

  • Reply akmalWii July 28, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    thanks you are my best youtube teacher !!! i learn a lot

  • Reply Muhilan Selvaa July 30, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    What song is this?

  • Reply Pozz DateXD August 17, 2016 at 5:13 am

    what are the differents between cord C and C major?

  • Reply ashutosh sharma August 17, 2016 at 11:16 am

    After watching your tutorials, i got this feeling that even i can learn guitar so am I.

  • Reply keru susu August 18, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I find it difficult the G major chord, my little finger can't press good enough to make sound. Any solutions? Thx

  • Reply Elliot Lee August 20, 2016 at 12:42 am

    My d chord is not coming out right. Any suggestions?

  • Reply Nuke Rat August 23, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I have a strange Buzz sound when i strum, is it a problem with my technique or with the guitar?

  • Reply Rick SkehaN August 24, 2016 at 8:13 am


  • Reply Nikita Eden September 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    thanks for these videos, theyre very helpful 🙂 At the moment Im struggling with the C major chord because my fingers are quite short, but I think if I keep practicing Ill get there 🙂

  • Reply Odyssey Is Not Ok September 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    you are awesome I fininshed learning how to play in three days

  • Reply bepis September 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I'm okay with A minor 7, D and C major, but the G is the hardest for me 🙁

  • Reply Suraj Kadam September 24, 2016 at 5:59 am

    thank you so much for your videos.. m struggling with the chords to get it clean but i think ill get better by practicing.. thanks.. love from India… 🙂

  • Reply sandy stha October 6, 2016 at 4:46 am

    You are great friend. It is helping me a lot in my lessons, thanks for this explanation. The way you do is the best thing keep it up.

  • Reply Gaurav Lochan October 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    i m learn better thanks.

  • Reply Sisan karki October 7, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I am really struggling to play the G major .My third finger touches the fifth string every time. But you are a great teacher. I learned a lot

  • Reply David Dickson October 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I'm doing the same and my fingers are small

  • Reply André Baúto October 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Is it me or the A minor and C Major sound the same?

  • Reply enea kane November 9, 2016 at 8:46 am

    You're the best there is man!!Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Reply vishnu koundinya November 11, 2016 at 1:11 am

    your videos are very helpful 😁

  • Reply Jiafeng Du November 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    These videos are the best Guitar Lessons ever. They make guitar so easy to play.

  • Reply whiteshadow243 November 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I didn't understand the chords you were doing in both chord videos

  • Reply EpicpixelYT December 4, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Just saying my song was terrible, I forgot how to place my fingers! (Sad face)

  • Reply Black Bach Beats December 10, 2016 at 1:38 am

    thanks savage

  • Reply ryloft03 December 12, 2016 at 5:34 am

    I was just going to watch the first video before going to bed, and here I am an hour later….

  • Reply dog December 27, 2016 at 4:32 am

    your lessons are gr8

  • Reply Courtney S January 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    What kind of strings are on your guitar

  • Reply Simon Woodison January 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    im having trouble keep muting other strings with my fingers.any tips on large ish finger tips. im not giving up i just need help or do i get another guitar to suit may hands

  • Reply Stannis Baratheon January 28, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    what song is this?

  • Reply David Weiss February 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I am a long time musician, piano, trying to learn a second instrument. You are an excellent teacher and these lessons are great. Very clear and inspiring. Thanks

  • Reply Carson Townsend February 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Love t way better than some other people I tried andy$ [email protected]

  • Reply Carson Townsend February 28, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Sorry I didnt have a rude intent

  • Reply Rave Jaylo March 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    2:15 Your gonna be thinking about that D Chord, If you know what I mean 😉

  • Reply Jessica Román March 6, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Hi Nate, my goal this year is to learn to play guitar. tbh you are the best teacher i have found .. i have a theorical question.. when you say its a c root or an A root.. what does it mean? because the A minor 7 and the C major are sounding the same to me .. thank you so much and hi from a venezuelan in australia 🙂

  • Reply Hamsa Mohammed March 9, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Great teacher !
    i just have a question about the fretting hand …when i practise a cord i can't put all the fingers required in the same time
    like if it's c major cord i put my third finger first then the second and like is that wrong ? cause iam not feelin much progress.

  • Reply C. Jae March 10, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I gotta say man… I've had my guitar for a while. I tried to learn it when I first got it about 2 years ago. I got on YouTube and the video I found (which had the most views by the way) just wasn't doing it for me.

    I came across your video on Monday (3/6/17). It's only been a week and I'm really getting it!!! Between your advice/tips and your teaching approach, I'm already playing these cords with some sense of progress! Thanks a bunch!!!!

  • Reply reaction ryry March 13, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    this is soooo hard im only 9!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Ronak Santilale April 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    i started at 9 o cock in the evening in England and at 7 to 10pm I have perfected the Am7, the C and D major chords and I am working on the g major. I never would have been able to get this far in 2 weeks with a normal instructor. Thanks so muck nate

  • Reply Suzy Gitonga April 28, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    The tips are really helping, may God bless abundantly. Am soon becoming a professional without having gone a music school. Thank you so much for availing yourself to help

  • Reply Goyette Julien May 8, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Hey I was the one who asked you where did you get your guitar but I wasn't talking about the blue one,I'm talking about the acoustic one that you used in this video.Sorry for not being more specific to you!!! By the way your a great teacher to learning guitar.

  • Reply Andrew M May 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    why do Am7 and C chords sound the same

  • Reply Chaos Reigns June 30, 2017 at 2:14 am

    I wish this had the fingerings for all four chords on the screen at once at the end, so I could more easily check them. I've been practicing Am7 and C wrong for the last day.

  • Reply Kenneth Wells June 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I have a question. My hand is having trouble finding the chords because my fingers are going completely over all the strings. How can I fix this

  • Reply Connor Beer July 9, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    I can't reach my 4th finger in G major, any tips

  • Reply ankur goyal July 12, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I am not able to switch between the cords. I have practiced this a lot. So, What would i do to improve this skill??

  • Reply Hannah Fagan July 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    do you edplain what like a minor 7 and everything are thats why i cant play i dont know what the minors and everything are

  • Reply E Kaplan July 18, 2017 at 1:02 am

    hey i juts wanted to let you know i couldn't thank u enough for all the help that u provided me, i think that me learning the guitar is bringing me and my dad closer. ur advice and tips couldn't be more helpful. I've been playing for two days and am all ready mastering most of these cords thx so much 🙂
    – your newest and probably most thankful student, Eden

  • Reply HOTCHILLISAUCE July 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    is it guns n roses – knockin on heavens door?

  • Reply tania walker July 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Amazing tutorial! What classic song is this??

  • Reply siha sao September 2, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Your lesson is awesome, Nate. One of the best for Beginner

  • Reply ConspiracyJuice October 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Why wouldn't you put those chords up again? We're not gonna have ingrained them in our brains after your last video.

  • Reply BE MADD October 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I watched all these videos in 3 days and it so easy to learn this way

  • Reply River Hart November 13, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Help I can't do it!😂

  • Reply Caleb Huron November 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Started playing 2 weeks ago and have picked things up rather quickly from your lessons. The G chord is a mother for my 2nd,3rd and 4th fingers but i'll be damned if I'm giving up! Thanks for the lessons… I'll be free birding before I know it lol.

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  • Reply daniel dammy December 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    thanks nate for every thing

  • Reply stewart dankner January 24, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    When I play a D chord , it sounds like I Mute my strings! Do you have any tips?

  • Reply Nolan Love February 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    is that an real song?

  • Reply Prevoked Alien April 4, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Is there any tips for learning how to switch and to use the fingers that are the easiest to switch?

  • Reply Vishu Arora April 20, 2018 at 7:37 am

    best YouTube teacher🎸

  • Reply Greg Sucharew May 17, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Any more tips for the G chord or just keep trying? i cant get it clean yet

  • Reply Reagan Lewis August 25, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Why is my guitar buzzing? IM SO CONFUSED 😭😭😭😭

  • Reply Ann-Marie Hassall September 12, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Nate, when I switch chords I can hear the noise of me taking my fingers off the chords (bit of a dink) how do improve this? Thank you

  • Reply Glenn Lego January 17, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Fun! Whoopi’!👆☝️ I meant that sarcastically. I've had more fun watching grass grow.

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