Blind guitarists chords reference

Accessible chords reference for the blind and visually impaired

This page has been created for blind and visually impaired guitarists. One of the big problems when it comes to teach guitar to blind people, is the fact that most of the learning material is expressed in graphic form. One can find tons of nice chords and scales visual diagrams, but for a blind person this stuff is pretty unuseful. So I decided to create this page that contains the basic chords structures represented in plain text. In this way, a visually impaired person can learn about the right fingers position through a screen reader software. Here you can find major, minor, dominant seventh and diminished chords in first position. I'm going to expand the page with more chords qualities and fretboard positions, but this is a good starting point.

Major, Minor, Dominant Seventh Natural Notes, First Position Chords

C Major

Strum the low E string without pressing any fret.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the A string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Strum the G string without pressing any fret.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the B string.
Strum the high E string without pressing any fret.

C Minor

Do not play the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 3 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the D string.
Strum the G string without pressing any fret.
Place your middle finger on the fret 1 of the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

C Dominant 7th

Do not play the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the A string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the B string.
Strum the high E string without pressing any fret.

C Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 3 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

D Major

Do not play the low E string.
Strum the A string without pressing any fret.
Strum the D string without pressing any fret.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the B string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the high E string.

D Minor

Do not play the low E string.
Strum the A string without pressing any fret.
Strum the D string without pressing any fret.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the high E string.

D Dominant 7th

Do not play the low E string.
Strum the A string without pressing any fret.
Strum the D string without pressing any fret.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the B string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 2 of the high E string.

D Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 4 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 5 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

E Major

Strum the low E string without pressing any fret.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the G string.
Strum the B string without pressing any fret.
Strum the high E string without pressing any fret.

E Minor

Strum the low E string without pressing any fret.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Strum the G string without pressing any fret.
Strum the B string without pressing any fret.
Strum the high E string without pressing any fret.

E Dominant 7th

Strum the low E string without pressing any fret.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the A string.
Strum the D string without pressing any fret.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the G string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 3 of the B string.
Strum the high E string without pressing any fret.

E Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 3 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

F Major

Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the A string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the high E string.

F Minor

Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the A string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the high E string.

F Dominant 7th

Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the D string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the high E string.

F Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 4 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 5 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

G Major

Place your middle finger on the fret 3 of the low E string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the A string.
Strum the D string without pressing any fret.
Strum the G string without pressing any fret.
Strum the B string without pressing any fret.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the high E string.

G Minor

Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 5 of the A string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 5 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the high E string.

G Dominant 7th

Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the low E string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the A string.
Strum the D string without pressing any fret.
Strum the G string without pressing any fret.
Strum the B string without pressing any fret.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the high E string.

G Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 6 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 7 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 5 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 6 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

A Major

Do not play the low E string.
Strum the A string without pressing any fret.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 2 of the B string.
Strum the high E string without pressing any fret.

A Minor

Do not play the low E string.
Strum the A string without pressing any fret.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the B string.
Strum the high E string without pressing any fret.

A Dominant 7th

Do not play the low E string.
Strum the A string without pressing any fret.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Strum the G string without pressing any fret.
Place your ring finger on the fret 2 of the B string.
Strum the high E string without pressing any fret.

A Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 5 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 6 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 5 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

B Major

Do not play the low E string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the G string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

B Minor

Do not play the low E string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the D string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the G string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 3 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the high E string.

B Dominant 7th

Do not play the low E string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Strum the B string without pressing any fret.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 2 of the high E string.

B Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 4 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 5 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

Major, Minor, Dominant Seventh Accidentals Notes, First Position Chords

C sharp/D flat Major

Do not play the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the G string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the high E string.

C sharp/D flat Minor

Do not play the low E string.
Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 6 of the D string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 6 of the G string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 5 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the high E string.

C sharp/D flat Dominant 7th

Do not play the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the A string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

C sharp/D flat Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 3 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

D sharp/E flat Major

Do not play the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 6 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 5 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 4 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the high E string.

D sharp/E flat Minor

Do not play the low E string.
Do not play the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the D string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the high E string.

D sharp/E flat Dominant 7th

Do not play the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 6 of the A string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 5 of the D string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 6 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

D sharp/E flat Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 5 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 6 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 5 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

F sharp/G flat Major

Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the A string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the D string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the high E string.

F sharp/G flat Minor

Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the A string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the high E string.

F sharp/G flat Dominant 7th

Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 5 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the high E string.

F sharp/G flat Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 5 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 6 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 5 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

G sharp/A flat Major

Do not play the low E string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the B string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the high E string.

G sharp/A flat Minor

Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the low E string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 6 of the A string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 6 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 4 of the high E string.

G sharp/A flat Dominant 7th

Do not play the low E string.
Do not play the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the G string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the B string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the high E string.

G sharp/A flat Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 4 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 5 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 4 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

A sharp/B flat Major

Do not play the low E string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

A sharp/B flat Minor

Do not play the low E string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Place your middle finger on the fret 2 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the high E string.

A sharp/B flat Dominant 7th

Do not play the low E string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the A string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the D string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the G string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 3 of the B string.
Place your index finger on the fret 1 of the high E string.

A sharp/B flat Diminished

Place your middle finger on the fret 3 of the low E string.
Place your pinky finger on the fret 4 of the A string.
Place your index finger on the fret 2 of the D string.
Place your ring finger on the fret 3 of the G string.
Do not play the B string.
Do not play the high E string.

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