Here's an easy progression to play in the key of C to get beginners going.
- Each note name and / sign is a down-wards strum.
- So a C / / / = C 2 3 4 = strum, strum, strum, strum
C / / / : Dm / / / : Em : G / / / : >>> repeat
Use a plectrum or the side of your thumb for strumming.
In the beginning count as you go along = C234, change 234, change 234, change 234...repeat.
With practice you can make things a lot more interesting. Spend a few days absorbing this family, write it down, play it and memorize it, with and without guitar/keyboard in hand for speedy results.
Another help is to find a few songs in a good songbook and see which ones are in the key of C. Pick one in C that you have on record and play along with it if you can.
Here's a good example of a simple but brilliant song originally in the key of D (D, A, Bminor, G) which I've transposed to C. With or Without You U2 > C G Am F - From the U2 album The Joshua Tree
Other progressions to try would be some of the following which you're sure to recognize.
- C F G
- C Am F G
- C G F G
- C Em Am G
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