new to guitar

I've been putting off learning to play the guitar for almost two years now, but have recently decided and made considerable effort to buckle down and just do it.

My question though deals with chords. Im currently just teaching myself but must say that learning chords for me seems to be somehwat difficult. They feel very awkard and though Im still very new to all of this, I want to make sure that I do it right. So if anyone has any/tips tricks on learning chords and making them feel more natural it would be much appreciated. I plan on practicing alot and if thats pretty much what its gonna take then so be it.


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You will probably start with open chords, they are ones which are played on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fret of the neck, with playing chords they will always feel awkward to start, i doubt there is anyone who knows all the chords in the book, the Chord of 'C' major can problay be played in 30 different ways on the neck, they all sound pretty similar, as with most things it is a case of practice, the more you practice the less you have to look down at the neck to see where your fingers are going.
Our covers band 'The Stone Monkeys' like to turn off the lights in rehearsal when we play a number, we will be in total darkness apart from the red LED lights on the amps, and we play a couple of numbers like that, Brown Sugar is good cos it has a hell of a lot of changes up and down the neck, and we can mostly plays those songs OK, its all a matter of practice.
Bob Houlston, who is a regular poster on here and is a Guitar teacher has an excellent website for beginers at:
Have a look at it, and let us know how you get on.
Any questions, post them in.

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