One question asked by people of all levels of musical ability is this:
“Which chords should be learned first and which ones have the greatest application?”
First of all, know this: ask ten different people and you’ll get ten different answers. So, to a certain degree it’s a matter of opinion. However, there is enough overlap for us to come up with a reasonable consensus. The seventeen chords that I’ve labeled “Snyder’s 17” are the chords (for guitar) that I believe are the most ubiquitous and easiest to play. Once you’ve learned these chords you will be able to play thousands of songs (yes, thousands) in all different styles of music, and therefore they should be memorized as soon as possible.
If this seems like a bit much at first then learn a couple a day until you’ve completed the entire 17. If you do not know how to read a chord diagram then find another guitar player who can assist you. Most musicians are more than happy to share their knowledge. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me for further explanation. Of course, local guitar instructors and the internet are fantastic resources too. Remember to be patient with yourself and to incorporate these chords into songs immediately so you can see how they fit together. Find a song you like that uses some of these chords (Hint: most songs only use 4 or 5 chords) and voila! You’re playing music.