Learn Easy Guitar Chords – One Or Two Fingers Only

So you want to learn easy chords? This is the perfect post you. It focuses solely on easy chords. Chords that require almost no time to learn. All the chords below can be played with only one or two fingers.

This is not a basic chord list. Almost none of these chords are important. If you want fundamental chords, this page might be better suited for you.

However, these chords are still really pretty. Casually noodling these chords will impress random listeners. At the end of this page, I will post an example of this with some exercises.

So if you’re a beginning guitarist, and you want to motivate yourself by learning easy guitar chords, here we go!

Learn Easy Guitar Chords – One Or Two Fingers Only

Some of these chords have scary names. They’re not just one letter with “major” or “minor” behind them. Sometimes they’re really weird. Don’t worry. There’s a simple explanation for all those extra letters and numbers, but this is not a theoretical lesson. Based on the name, these chords might look harder, but in fact, they are a lot easier to play. That’s all you have to worry about.

It’s okay if you don’t remember the exact names of these chords. Just focus on where to place your fingers. You can always bookmark this page if you’ve forgotten what the name was or if you don’t remember where to place your fingers.

One last thing before we really start, I’m going to talk about the names of the strings sometimes. If you’re not familiar with those yet, here’s a picture so you can follow along:

Easy Guitar Chords

E Minor

The first chord is a really famous one. When I said the chords on this list weren’t fundamental, this was the exception. The reason why it’s on this list is that it’s simply one of the easiest chords you’ll ever learn.

The E minor chord looks like this:

You place your middle finger on the second fret of the A string and your ring finger on the second fret of the D string. All the other strings are not touched by the left hand. They’re played openly.

You could play this chord with your index finger and your middle finger as well, but I always advise beginning guitarists to use the first option. I explain why in this post: Basic Acoustic Guitar Chords For Beginners.

If you’ve correctly placed your fingers, and if your guitar is in tune (how to tune a guitar) the E minor sounds like this. Played from the lowest note to the highest:

E Minor 7

This is an example of a chord that’s easier to play, even though it’s got a more complex name. If you thought the Em was easy, you will like the Em7.

It looks like this:

As you can see it’s almost the same as the Em, but you can lift up that ring finger, because the Em7 is played with only one finger on the second fret of the A string! All the other notes are open strings. I advise you to play this chord with your middle finger.

If you’ve correctly placed your fingers, the Em7 sounds like this. Played from the lowest note to the highest:

Asus2

The names are getting pretty weird here, but in reality, this is just an A major with a lifted little finger.

This chord looks a lot like the Em, but your fingers are placed one string higher. Your middle finger goes on the second fret of the D string, and your ring finger goes on the second fret of the G string. The low E string should not be played.

It looks like this:

I love all sus2 chords, but this one is one of my favorites. I love the suspense it creates. If you’ve correctly placed your fingers, the Asus2 sounds like this. Played from the lowest note to the highest:

A7sus2

A-what? Don’t worry. You’ll only need one finger to play this one. You place your middle finger on the second fret of the G string, and you get this little gem:

The lowest E string is not to be played again. This chord has a jazzy vibe, that I really like.

If you’ve correctly placed your fingers, the A7sus2 sounds like this. Played from the lowest note to the highest:

C Major 7

I’ve already talked about the Cmaj7 in this post: Barre Chords Made Easy.

You place your ring finger on the third fret of the A string and your middle finger on the second fret of the D string. In a regular C major you’d place your index finger on the first fret of the B string, but here, we just leave it open.

If you’ve correctly placed your fingers, the Cmaj7 sounds like this. Played from the lowest note to the highest:

Dsus2

If you know how to play a D this one will be really easy for you. If you don’t know how to play a D, it will still be easy for you.

You place your index finger on the second fret of the G string and your ring finger on the third fret of the B string. The D string and the high E string are played openly. This time there are two muted strings: The low E string and the A string.

If you’ve correctly placed your fingers, the Dsus2 sounds like this. Played from the lowest note to the highest:

Dmaj7sus2

This one might have the weirdest name so far. But you’ll see there’s nothing to worry about. The fingering position looks a lot like the E minor and the Asus2. This time we’ll place our middle finger and ring finger another fret higher:

Once again there are two muted strings.

If you’ve correctly placed your fingers, the Dmaj7sus2 sounds like this. Played from the lowest note to the highest:

Exercises

As promised, are some examples you can practice to.

Exercise 1

 

This is an Asus2 and a Cmaj7. The notes are always the first four notes from low to high, very slowly picked.

Asus2:

E|----------------
B|------------0---
G|---------2------
D|------2---------
A|---0------------
E|----------------

Cmaj7:

E|----------------
B|------------0---
G|---------0------
D|------2---------
A|---3------------
E|----------------

If you don’t know how to read tabs, this post might be helpful to you: How To Read Tabs For Guitar.

You can also play full chords over the track. Experiment… Hear what sounds good!

Exercise 2

 

This is a Dsus2 and a Dmaj7sus2. Same pattern as last time, just one string higher. Four notes a chord, from low to high.

Dsus2

E|--------------0---
B|-----------3------
G|-------2----------
D|---0--------------
A|------------------
E|------------------

Dmaj7sus2:

E|--------------0---
B|-----------2------
G|-------2----------
D|---0--------------
A|------------------
E|------------------

Feel free to play along with these notes or strum along with the music with full chords.

Outro

You won’t find easier guitar chords than these, so I hope this lesson was helpful to you.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.

Happy strumming

Timo

2 thoughts on “Learn Easy Guitar Chords – One Or Two Fingers Only

  1. Thanks for posting  this article on Learn Easy Guitar Chords – One Or Two Fingers Only.

    I must say the true I have been going for guitar training lessons for some days now and I am finding  trouble with the plain ‘ol F chord.i will try and follow all the exercises in this article and master them. Thanks

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