If you are looking for a handy guitar chords reference, you've come to the right place. We have created this guitar chords chart that will help you learn new chords and play your favorite songs. You can download the chart in pdf format or you can browse the chords online with our Online Guitar Chords Dictionary
This Guitar Chord Chart is different from the others because it contains diagrams packed with useful information, as the chart shows:
- Left-hand finger positions
- Note names of the tones in the chords
- Intervals in the chords
Having all this information in a single, easy to read diagrams is incredibly helpful for learning how to play chords on the guitar, chord music theory, and the fretboard. This chart is great for players of all levels.
Are you a beginner guitar player? Good, you can just read where to place your fingers on the neck and start playing songs. Are you an advanced guitarist? Great, then you can understand how to construct chords by assembling intervals. You can download the chord chart for free by clicking the green button below:
The pdf ebook shows you the guitar chords diagrams grouped for root and type. If you are a beginner guitarist, don't feel intimidated by the fact that exist many different fingerings: you only need to know a few major and minor chords to start playing your favorite songs and have fun with your friends.
If you want to go a step further, you could learn some Dominant Chords, that give to your sound a bluesy feel, and you'll be all set for entertaining your audience.
Here are the chord types that you'll find in the free ebook
- Dominant 7
Major chords have a bright and happy sound. They are composed of the Root, the Major Third and the Fifth. Of course, you don't have to know chords theory to play these chords, just learn the shapes and start rocking!
- Fretboard Orientation
In the chart, the fretboard is shown vertically, with the thickest string (E low string) on the left. Again on the left, you find the frets number (if there are no frets number, that means that the chord is fretted in open position, near the headstock).
- Open or Muted Strings (X or 0)
At the top of the diagrams, the string could have an X or a 0. The X tells you to mute the string, while the 0 tells you to play open, without pressing any fret.
The numbers on the frets, surrounded by ablack dot, show you the finger to use: 1 index, 2 medium, 3 ring, 4 pinky.
- Notes Names and Intervals
At the bottom of the diagrams, you find the note names and the intervals (you can safely ignore this information if you only want to know the fingering for a chord)
Learn more by visiting the how to read chord diagrams tutorial
On the contrary, minor chords have a sad and melancholy sound. They are used a lot in love and romantic songs, for the particular feeling they create. A minor chord is composed of the Root, the Minor Third and the Perfect Fifth.
A dominant seventh chord is composed by the Root, the Major Third, Perfect Fifth and the Minor Seventh. Blues progressions use dominant chords all the time, for example, try this basic blues progression: C7 | C7 | F7 | G7.
Movable chords are shapes that you can shift up or down the neck (without changing finger positions) to play chords with different names (C, D, E, F#, and so forth) but of the same type (Major, Minor, 7, and, minor, dominant or other types).
That's the reason we call these diagrams movable. With movable shapes, we don't play any open strings.
If you memorize these fingerings, you'll be able to play almost any chord, by placing the movable shape at the fret that corresponds to the root of the chord you want to play. In the diagrams, the root note is the one denoted by the number 1 at the bottom of the diagrams.
For example, a movable shape for the Dominant Seventh chord is the following:
The first diagram shows you the fingering of a C7 chord, that has the lower root at the 3rd fret of the A string.
If you want to play a D7 chord, you have to shift the shape up by two frets, until the root (the fret with the number 1 at the bottom of the chart) is at the 5th fret of the A string, that is a D, as shown in the second chart.
With the same logic, if you want to play a E7 chord, you have to move the shape until the root at the 7th fret of the A string (which is an E), as shown in the third picture.
In movable chord diagrams you will not find the name of the chord, because it depends on where you place the root (1) of the chord on the fretboard.
When learning guitar chords, we have to deal with 2 different aspects: fingers flexibility and strength, and memorization.
In the beginning, playing chords is not easy. There will be string buzzes or fingers that can't reach a fret. Here are some tips for helping you practicing your chords:
- Practice exercises for finger agility daily. It could be the classic 1-2-3-4, or simply stretching. Even if it feels not easy, try to use the pinkie as much as possible, it will be helpful for more advanced fingerings.
- To press a fret, always try to use the tip of your finger. Ideally, you want your finger to be as much as possible perpendicular to the fretboard.
- Be sure to be proper warmed-up before stretching fingers
Memorizing chord fingerings it's a mix of brain work and muscle memory. We have to arrive at a point at which we don't need to think about where to place fingers, but automatically our left-hand knows where to go. This is the so-called "muscle memory" and can be gained only with time and practice. Here's a small trick that will help you learn chords new shapes faster:
- Place your fingers on the fretboard in the chord fingering position
- Press a little bit more than needed
- Hold the position for 20 seconds.
- Release the force
- Pause for 10 seconds
- Press again for other 20 seconds.
- Do this for 5 times
- Your fingers will memorize the new chord in no time!
Hope you'll find this guitar chords diagram pdf useful, remember that you don't have to know hundreds of chord shapes to have fun with your guitar. Learn a couple of chords every day, apply them by playing your favorite songs, and soon you'll find yourself a true chord master! For more resources on guitar chords and songs, have a look at the related tutorials below.
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