Watch the Strumming Chords Pt.2 online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from Acoustic Guitar For Beginners

Once your strumming hand is in motion, you're ready to start playing chords. So first we want to establish some terms so we can talk about how chords are fingered:
- From lowest to highest, we're referring to the strings as 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.
- Chords are played in the frets, which are actually the fret spaces between the lead fretwire.
Now just place your fingers in the crosshairs of a string and a fret, and you'll be playing notes that make up chords. You want each note of a chord to ring cleanly whether the note is fretted (pressing down on a fret) or open (no fingers on the string).