Today’s exercise is a four-chord progression in the key of C major. The first three chords should be fairly easy for beginner guitar players. The last chord is an F major that might be a little harder for beginner’s to play, but you’ll learn a position that doesn’t require an F bar chord.
The progression uses the I-ii-V-IV chords, respectively C, Dm, G and F in the key of C. Take a look at the progression below, you’ll find the chord shapes and some playing notes below.
The Chord Shapes
The diagrams below show suggested fingerings for the C, Dm, G and F chords.
I’ve chosen a fingering that doesn’t require a bar for the F chord. This shape is easier for less experienced guitarists but I also like to use it when playing acoustic guitar because it’s less tiring than a bar chord. Lean your first finger down slightly to block the first string. If you want you can use the F bar chord shape instead to play this chord.