Guitar Chords for all guitarists
Right and left-handed charts
These chords are an absolute 'must' for all beginners. They will set you on the right path and enable you to play the easiest of chords in preparation for the next learning phase.
Once you become proficient at playing these chords, it's time to move on to a more comprehensive range of chords including barre chords, power chords, moveable chords and we include enough chord theory along with easy formulas and examples to help you understand how chords are formed.
Clicking on the links will take you to the type of chord. There you will find a brief summary of the chord and what it is made up of in terms of intervals, along with the chord formula and an example of how to calculate the chord.
You will notice that the popular chords above include barre chords as well as open chords. If you can play all the beginner chords with ease, you can start learning barre chords which will take your playing to another level.
Many pages include links to featured songs with chords and lyrics, charts, tips, and a video to play along to. These are very useful for practice sessions. Charts and several featured songs along with chords and lyrics are freely available to download anytime.
Each chord type has 12 chords, with each chord being displayed in 3 different positions on the fretboard. The chord charts display the finger positions for each chord as well as displaying the notes of the chord including fret positions, barre chords, open positions etc.
Our charts are displayed in a natural playing position, therefore you read the chart as if you are looking down on the guitar while you are playing. The nut of the guitar is on the left of the chart and the bridge is on the right with the opposite for left-handers. Once you get used to the charts, they become very easy to read. You no longer have to look at a chord chart and twist it round for it to make sense... you play it as you see it.
PS. The B7 chord displayed here includes an optional note (white circle) which is not normally played as shown in the picture. If you do play the optional note, you will need to cover the 5th and 6th string with your second finger - a little awkward at first but much easier with practice.
You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and read all the free chord charts that you download. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).
String TheoryHere's a handy ebook for bridging the guitar and piano. All in one guitar and piano chord dictionary with over 120 standard chords. Ideal for musicians wanting to know what a piano chord looks like on a guitar and what a guitar chord looks like on a piano, and the correlation between the two. You can learn chords on the guitar and then convert them over to play on the piano and vice versa. Available in PDF e-Book and mobile e-Book formats.
Moveable Chords for right & left-handed guitarists
These are chords that can be played over the entire fretboard using the same shape. They utilize open chords and barre chords in a variety of shapes depending on where the root note is located.
There are positions for the root note on the 4th, 5th and 6th strings as well as the 5th note of the chord on the 5th and 6th strings. These chords are invaluable... they allow for variation and greater flexibility in your playing style. They are ideal for jazz players and anyone wanting to add a new dimension to their sound and playing style.
To play these chords, you must know the notes on the fretboard, or at the very least the fretted notes on the 5th and 6th strings. Makes sure you look at the guitar notes page for a full run-down of all the notes on the fretboard as well as some handy tips to help calculate the notes with my simple 5554 rule.