How To Teach Your Kid Their First Chord
What’s something that would feel like a big win on guitar for you? And for your kid?
When I’m teaching my students, beginning guitarists get a big sense of accomplishment and a tickle of joy when they can form and successfully play their first chord.
That’s why I made a 10-minute video lesson for teaching your kid to play a G chord! You can watch it here.
So what is a chord?
A chord is a combination of harmonious notes (notes that sound good at the same time) played together. When you strum a chord, these notes are heard simultaneously, which makes an awesome, full sound. (Very different from a single note!)
Chords can be tricky to play at first because you have to use multiple fretting fingers at the same time. I call this a “handful” when I’m teaching chords — a little teaching amusement for myself! ;)
So I made this video with two versions of the G chord… the mini, one-finger version I use first with my students, and the full, regular G. That way you can help your kid learn their first chord in stages.
And be sure to download the free printable below to go along with the video! It will give you chord graphs for the chords in the video (plus show you how to read them!) and strumming patterns to go along with them.
After this intro lesson on chords, if you want to learn more guitar skills and play your first song together, check out my free 13-page workbook for beginning guitar! PLUS it comes with 20 minutes of extra video lessons.
More good stuff coming soon! <3