***If you are unfamiliar with reading chord diagrams, start with the tutorial on Reading Chord Diagrams before attempting the basic chords.***
The 5 Basic (or open) Chords
There are 5 basic that every guitarist learns when beginning guitar. They are also known as open chords because each chord utilizes open strings. These chords are C, A, G, E, D or CAGED for easy remembrance. Each chord should be practiced until the finger positions are memorized and each string in the chord can be played without buzzing.