Look, I get it that your first few times holding a D chord or transitioning to a C chord can be a bit rough, but after you learn the base 4 main chords: G, D, Em, C and you get a capo to change keys, you basically unlock 70% of country, folk (Irish and American), gospel/sacred, and pop music. And probably a good 50% of that music has those chords in that specific order.
Also, they aren't THAT difficult to do though D can feel real weird at first, once you realize you're just making a triangle of points with your fingers it becomes much easier to pull off.
Stick with it by practicing even 30mins 4-5 days a week for 3-4wks and you'll be able to pull off Wagon Wheel at a party and impress the chicks and dudes there
@Sven and Otar, that said....screw the F major.
@Spider4x, the thing is the next step is learning bar chords.
And what's amazing is once you practice enough, you can start using your thumb on lower e for bar chords instead of trying to lay your entire 1st finger down for it.
@Tentastic, I have small hands and short arms. Which sucks because I like using that chord.
@Spider4x, I have small-ish hands (they're between a small and medium men's glove size) my secret is that I rarely (when strumming) play full F Major. I cut out the lower 2 strings and only play the DGBE strings. I take my index finger and put it on the first fret on B and E, and I take my middle on the G where it is on the proper bar chord, and my ring on the pinky's spot on the proper bar chord on D. Boom. Simpler, doesn't require as much finicking, and it still sounds very nice.
As for the short arms problem, if you aren't singing or have a higher/broader vocal range, you can always use a capo and key up the piece you're playing. I have a high tenor voice pretty much always play everything capoed at the 2nd fret. The spaces between the frets are smaller which makes it easier on my fingers and keying up most songs two frets puts them more comfortably into my easy singing vocal range without stretching too hard.
@Spider4x, also, Tentastic is right. I started off actually with bar chords immediately after learning the core 4, largely because I loved (and continue to, though I prefer playing more folksy stuff these days) 50's and 60's rock/rockabilly and pop punk because those chords are used in 90% of those songs and form the basis for basically all electric guitar play.
@Sven and Otar, it really does just come down to practice and getting that muscle memory.
@Sven and Otar, what if I have short fat sausage fingers
@LilPuppyOfDOOM , you can still learn to play. Johnny Hilland and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (totally didn't have to double and triple check the spelling lol) are some notable fat fingered dudes who did decent as guitarists and uke players.
Also, learning the 4 chords I mentioned should still be reasonably easy even for you
@Sven and Otar, that's pretty funny and awesome that you would mention uke. I bought one, Kala color cord, to help me! Haha....I'm still bad....but learning! Progress is Progress no matter how small
Guitar is the most self taught instrument and it’s not even close.
@fitizen, voice** sorry had to say it......
@orion55, think so?? Huh I could be convinced maybe? Dude that’s why almost all music stores carry more guitars than any other instrument.
@fitizen, it’s the only instrument (category) that we are built with and figure out how to use as we grow. Before any other music typically!
Vocals are seldom considered as an instrument itself but I think it counts!
Guitar isn't that hard. Nor bass. Especially if its chords.
@Nemesis89, Exactly. While I have a music theory background from piano and voice, I'm such a faker on guitar. Throw in a few hammer-ons and some three finger finger-picking on chorded songs and everyone will think you're a musical genius
@Nemesis89, you're that kid that thinks they know everything. Imagine thinking that something people spend YEARS of their life learning and mastering being labeled as "easy" by a punk kid on funny pics. Lol good luck in life.
@Captain Rumble, I mean, he's not wrong though. In terms of instruments, to get passably "good" at guitar is pretty easy, 3-6mo of continuous practice and play and you'll be coffee shop/bar/party/open mic ready. But you are absolutely right that it takes years to master. I've been playing off and on for 16yrs and I'd still classify myself as a decent amateur in skill level. I can play rhythm for just about every style of music, but I'm no lead by any means and that suits me fine.
It's an easy entry point to get "good" but the skill ceiling for mastery is very hard to reach
Obligatory anyway here is wonderwall meme