After thinking about what song would be great to make a guitar lesson on. I came up with a great one. Imagine beginner guitar chords songs.
In this guitar lesson Imagine beginner guitar chords songs. I will show you:
- Imagine beginner guitar chords songs.
- Guitar Chords to Imagine
- Chord progression to the song Imagine by John Lennon
- Lyrics to Imagine Chord Chart
- Bonus Video
In this free beginner guitar lesson you will learn how to play this iconic song by John Lennon. So if your ready to learn Imagine by John Lennon, grab your guitar and lets get started.
Imagine Guitar Chords
First lets take a look at what chords are in the song. I’m not taking anything for granted I will show you step by step the chord charts.
The chords in this song are: C F Am Dm E7 and G. If you know how to make the chords then just scroll down to the next section of the lesson. If not let me show you the chord diagrams for the chords.
Here is the C Major chord diagram:
If your not sure where to place your fingers. Let me help!
- Place your first finger on the second string at the first fret.
- Second finger; Place it on the fourth string, at the second fret.
- Then place your third finger on the fifth string, at the third fret.
- Don’t play the sixth string.
If you need help with chord diagrams here is a quick look at how to read a chord chart.
Now take a look at where to place your fingers for the F Major Chord.
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F Major Bar Chord
This is the F Major Bar chord. If you are not comfortable with making a bar chord yet, no problem. Take a look at the 5 ways to make an F chord.
Here is the finger positioning for the F bar chord:
- Use your first finger as a bar. Place it across all the strings at the first fret.
- Your second finger is on the third string, at the second fret.
- Put your third finger on the fifth string, at the third fret.
- Then place your fourth finger on the fourth string, at the third fret.
- Strum all the strings.
Take a look at how to make the Am chord. It is pronounced A minor.
If you are familiar with the E chord. You set your hands the same way but move everything down a string. Like this:
- First finger is on the second string, at the first fret.
- Second finger is on the fourth string, at the second fret.
- Third finger is on the third string, at the second fret.
- When playing the Am open chord you don’t want to play the sixth string.
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Playing the Dm Chord
The next chord is the Dm pronounced D minor. Here is the finger position of the Dm chord.
- Place your first finger is on the first string, at the first fret.
- Your second finger is on the third string, at the second fret.
- Third finger is on the second string, at the third fret.
- Don’t play the fifth or sixth string.
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Hang in there! There are just two more chords, and they are easy. Here is the finger position of the E7 chord.
- Easy E7, Place your first finger on the third string, at the first fret.
- Then you place your second finger on the fifth string, at the second fret.
- You can play all the strings.
Next is the G Major chord finger position. There are several ways to play the G open chord. I will list how I play it. You may switch up your fingers.
- Place your second finger on the fifth string, at the second fret.
- Third finger on the sixth string, at the third fret.
- Then Pinkie on the first string, at the third fret.
- Strum all strings.
Like I said there are several ways to play this style G chord. You may choose to use fingers, 1, 2, and 3 on strings 5, 6, and 1. Both will work. So try them out and what ever is easiest for you, go for it.
Imagine Beginner Guitar Chords Songs
Here are the Lyrics and chords to the Song Imagine.
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Imagine by John Lennon Chord Progression
The chord progression to the song imagine is: The Intro C F C F Verse C F C F C F C F
F Am Dm G. Chorus F G C E7 F G C E7 F G C and then back to the verse.
This to play this song you use all down strums at the intro. Then when you do strum the pattern is Down Down Down Down, Down Down Down Down Up Down.
Strumming Pattern: DDDD DDDDUD. If you need help with strumming take a look at this guitar lesson How to get better at strumming guitar.
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How to Play Imagine on Guitar
Imagine John Lennon guitar tutorial is a great place to start. When you want to know how to put all the pieces of the song together. The chords to play the song imagine are: C F Am Dm E7 and G. If you are not ready to make the F barre chord yet.
Let me show you an easy way to make the F chord. You want to cover the first two strings. At the first fret. Cover them with your first finger. Then with your second finger put it on the third string, at the second fret. With your third finger cover the fourth string at the third fret.
You strum from the fourth string down. Don’t play the Top two strings.
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Intro of the Song Imagine
The intro of the song starts with the C chord. There all down strums. The song is in 4/4 time so it’s four down strums. Then it goes to the F chord. Back to C and then F again. Then it goes back to the C and the verse starts.
Here is the strumming pattern is: Down, Down, Down, Down. Down, Down, Down, Down, Up Down. D D D D D D D D U D.
The verse starts on the C and goes to the F. Then back to the C, and again back to F. After that play the C chord and the F one more time.
Then the next set of chords you need to remember are: F Am Dm and G. When you get to the G chord. Let the G ring out. Then the second verse starts. The chord progression of the second verse is the same as the first.
Chords in the Chorus of Imagine
After that verse then the chorus begins. The chords in the chorus are: F G C E7 and F G C E7 and F G and C. Once you learn the chords. There are 3 chord progressions to remember. Then you will be able to play the Imagine song. It’s one of the easy songs on guitar.
Easy Chords to Imagine
If you want to learn an easy song on guitar. With some easy chords. You have come to the right place. These are the easy chords to Imagine. C F Am Dm E7 and G. Don’t be scared of the F chord. You can always play the Easy f chord. See this link on how to play the easy F chord.
Imagine Chords in G
John Lennon sings in a higher pitch. This may be a little harder for some to be able to sing this song. When you are playing it on your guitar. A lower key to play in, and easier is in the key of G.
So if you are looking for the chords to Imagine in the key of G. You are in the right place.
The chords are; G C Em Am D and B7.
To play the song in G. Here are the chords. The Intro is G and C 3 times. The verse begins with the G chord. Then moves to C. It does that 4 times. Then the chord progression is C Em Am D D. Then back to the verse. Which is the G and C 4 times.
Then the chorus to Imagine in the key of G is: C D G B7. C D G B7, and C D G B7, and C D G G C. This is the chord progression so you can play Imagine on guitar in the key of G.
I would use mostly down strums to play this song. With a few up strums. This song is at a slow tempo. Down Down Down Down Down Down Down Up Down.