Guitar Chord Finder

Online software to learn chords fingerings all along the fretboard

guitar chord finder software

This online guitar software will help you learn hundreds of chords all along the fretboard. This tool has been built to be easy and fun to use: it shows you the frets that create a given chord, and plays the chord one tone at a time, so you can play along with your guitar and check if your fingers placement is correct.

This chord finder runs online in the browser: this means that you don't have to download or install anything. Just click on the launch button and you can enjoy the software directly on your browser, like a standard webpage (so the tool works well on Windows, Apple, Linux or Android devices)

Like all the guitar learning software that this site provides, left-handed guitar players can invert the visualization of the fretboard, to better fit their needs.

How The Chord Finder Works

select chord root and qualityThe chord finder is really simple: to see the fingerings of a chord, you can do the following actions:

  • Select the root name of the chord (for example C, G, A or any other note)
  • Select the quality of the chord (major, minor, diminished, dominant and so forth).
  • Select the fretboard position on which you want the chord to be shown. Three positions are available: open strings, middle of the fretboard, or higher frets.

The tool will display the chord patterns: You don't need to read any music scores or guitar tabs, the tones composing the chord are highlighted on the guitar neck.

Chords Qualities You Will Learn

Plenty of chord qualities are available: from the common major, minor or dominant forms, to ninth dominants or full diminished structures. Just play around a bit with the tool and you'll discover new sounds and flavors.

maj 5 6 6/9 7 #9 #11 b5 b9 b5(#9) 7sus4 9 9b5 9#11 9sus4 11 13 13b9 13sus4 add9 dim dim7 m m6 mb6 m6/9 m7 m7b5 m9 m9b5 m9(maj7) m11 m13 m(add9) m(maj7) maj7 maj7b5 maj7#11 maj9 maj13 sus2 sus4 aug aug7 aug7#9 aug7b9 aug9

Intervals Color Mapping And Chord Structure

For those who want to go beyond raw chord shapes memorization, this chord finder has one unique feature that shows you the structure of the intervals creating the chord, also using color mapping. This helps you understand how chords are created, improving your music theory knowledge. Here in the following, you find some simple examples:

C major chordLet's take a major chord: we know that a major chord is composed of the root, the major third and the perfect fifth.

The chord finder shows you this structure like on the bar below. Note that the root is shown in yellow, the third in cyan and the fifth in purple.

The tones of the chord are shown on the fretboard with these colors, so you can identify at a glance what's the root, the third and the fifth!

major chord intervals structure

This is the structure of a minor chord: root (yellow), minor third (green), and fifth (purple)

minor chord intervals structure

Finally, here below the structure of a dominant chord: root in yellow, major third in cyan, fifth in purple and the minor seventh in orange.

dominant chord intervals structure

If you are interested in this kind of chord structure visualization, check out the Guitar chord formulas chart.

Sound Playback

chord finder playback controls

The chord finder interface provides audio playback controls: you can start and pause the playback, set the bpm speed, and regulate the volume of the guitar and the drums (that acts as a metronome). The tones are played one after the another, arpeggiating the chord, so you can play along the tool and carefully check if each finger is placed correctly, without buzzing or unwanted muted strings

Other Settings

chord finder playback controls

This online software has some settings that can be useful for you:

  • You can set the visualization of the fretboard with a left-handed layout
  • Alternate tunings are available. However, as it's really time-consuming to shows all the chord shapes for all the tunings, in case of no-standard tunings, the tool shows the tones composing the selected chord on all the fretboard. It's up to you decide what frets, and thus which shape, to play

This last part concludes our introduction to our guitar chords learning software. The best way to understand how it works is to launch it and to play with it. The interface is really easy to use and you'll find yourself experimenting with new chords in no time. If you have questions, doubts, or suggestions for new features, please send us a message or drop a line in the comments section below the tool.

Further resources to help you learn chords

  • If you prefer a dictionary instead of an online app, you might find useful our guitar chords library. It contains the same chords that you can find on the tool, on a simple webpage.
  • You can also download a pdf to print out. Be sure to download our guitar chords pdf chart.

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