Free Guitar Chords Ebook

276 chords charts - essential guitar reference

free pdf ebook guitar chords charts

Here's a guitar chords pdf ebook with hundreds of chords charts to print out. It contains lots of different voicings and positions and it's available for free download. You'll find chord fingerings for beginner and intermediate: major, minor, dominant, diminished and augmented qualities, triads, movable shapes and much more.

Beginners chords : open string positions

We begin with the most common chord shapes. In this section you can find major chords (root, major third and perfect fifth), minor chords (root, minor third and perfect fifth) and dominant seventh (root, major third, perfect fifth and minor seventh). These shapes are in first position and use open strings.

Dominant Seventh Chords

A dominant seventh chord is composed by the root, the major third, perfect fifth and minor seventh. Blues progressions use dominant chords a lot, for example try this basic blues progression: C7 | C7 | F7 | G7.

Intermediate chords : open string positions

Here are more interesting chords. They are a bit more challenging, but learning this shape will help you expand your musical vocabulary. These chord shapes are in first position and use open strings.

Movable chord shapes

The shapes in the following diagrams are called "movable shapes" because you can move them up or down the neck in order to get a different chord name but with the same quality (major, minor, dominant and so forth). The same way barrè works.

With movable shapes we don't play any open strings.

If you memorize these movable shapes, you'll can play almost any chord, by placing the chord-shape with the root on the fret that corresponds to the name of the chord you want to play.

In the diagrams, the root note is marked with a yellow circle. For example, the movable shape of a dominant seventh chord, is the first figure in the following diagram:

If you want to play a F7 chord, you have to place the root (in yellow) on the 8th fret of the A string (that indeed is a F note), see the second figure. With the same logic, if you want to play a G7, you have to place the root on the 10th fret of the A string (indeed a G note), as shown in the third figure.

For a given chord, you can have different shapes, depending on which fret you choice to be the root of you chord. In the following diagrams, for each chord quality 3 different shapes are proposed.

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