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Guitar Chords

How To Read Chord Diagrams

In this guitar lesson we are going to learn how to read chord diagrams. Chord diagrams are graphics that tell you where to put your fingers on the fretboard in order to make a specific chord. Often you will see chord diagrams at the top of a music chart or throughout the chart. Sometimes these […]

Essential Guitar Chords

This is an exciting lesson because you are going to be learning seven essential guitar chords that will enable you to play a ton of different songs. These chords are found in all styles of music, so no matter what you are in to you will be able to use these chords. We will be […]

Basic Strumming Patterns

In this guitar lesson we are going to cover some basic guitar strumming patterns. Strumming patterns are something that most beginners struggle with until they have learned a few. Once they get a few in their head, a light bulb usually comes on and they can begin to figure out other strumming patterns and even […]

Guitar Power Chords

This is an exciting lesson because we are going to be learning power chords. Power chords can be one of the guitarists best friends. They are used a lot in all kinds of rock, pop, metal, and country music. First, we will learn how power chords are made and then we will learn how to […]

How To Play Bar Chords

Bar Chords! This is a topic that beginners fear and experienced players can’t do without. If you are a beginner you might be intimidated by bar chords because they require a lot of strength in your left hand. Don’t worry, we will get you up to speed. First, we will help you build your strength […]

How Guitar Chords Are Made

In this guitar lesson I am going to show you how guitar chords in a given major key are made. Each note in every major scale has a chord associated with it. We will be in the key of G major for this lesson so we will be building a chord for every note in […]

Major Guitar Chords

In this guitar lesson we are going to learn how major chords are made. We will be in the key of G major for our example, so lets review the G major scale before we get started. The G major scale is spelled G, A, B, C, D, E and F#. There are two things […]

Major Guitar Chord Shapes

Have you ever needed to know how to play a major guitar chord very quickly but couldn’t find the shape for it? The chord chart on this page was created for you as a reference to the most common major guitar chord shapes. I included both the open chord shapes and the most popular bar […]

Minor Guitar Chords

In this guitar lesson we are going to learn how minor guitar chords are made. First we will need to review how a major chord, or triad, is made. Once we have the major chord built, all we have to do is change one note to turn it in to a minor chord. If you […]

Minor Guitar Chord Shapes

Have you ever needed to know how to play a minor guitar chord very quickly but couldn’t find the shape for it? The chord chart on this page was created for you as a reference to the most common minor guitar chord shapes. I included both the open chord shapes and the most popular bar […]

Root Position Triad Chords

In this guitar lesson we are going to be looking at what a root position triad is and how to use them in your playing. For our example we will be in the key of A major, so let’s review the A major scale. A B C# D E F# and G# are the notes […]

Guitar Inversions

This lesson is about chord inversions. First, we will let you know what an inversion is and then give you a couple of inversion shapes to practice. In order to understand what an inversion is, you need to know what a root position chord is. A root position chord is simply a chord where the […]

Common Chord Progressions

In this guitar lesson we are going to be going over some of the more common chord progressions that you will see over and over again in pop, rock, blues and a lot of other styles of music. We will cover six different progressions. Five of them will be in the key of G major […]

Making Of Chord Extensions

Odds are you have seen chord names like D major 7th, C minor 9, or A7. These chords all have at least one thing in common, chord extensions. Chord extensions are notes that have been added to basic triad. In this lesson we will go through exactly how chord extensions are made by starting with […]

Major 9th Guitar Chords

In this lesson we are going to learn how to make a major 9 chord. Major 9 chords are used a lot in jazz, swing, and blues music. They are nice sounding chords that can give your playing some more variety and texture. If you have not gone through the lessons on Major Guitar Chords […]

Major 7th Guitar Chords

In this guitar lesson we are going to learn how major 7th chords are made and a few of the more common shapes for major 7th chords. Major 7th chords have a mellow or jazzy quality to them. They can be nice to use instead of a regular major chord. It is important that you […]

Common 7th Chord Voicings

In this jazz guitar lesson we are going to give you some common voicings for some major 7th, minor 7th and dominant 7th chords. All of the chords in this lesson will have their root notes on either the D note on the 5th fret of the 5th string or the A note on the […]

Minor 7th Guitar Chords

In this guitar lesson we are going to take a look at how minor 7 chords are made. Before you go any further in this lesson you should make sure that you know how major and minor triads are made. If you don’t, go back and check out the lessons Major Guitar Chords and Minor […]

Dominant 7th Guitar Chords

This guitar lesson is going to be all about dominant 7th chords. We are going to cover how dominant 7th chords are made and give you a few practical chord shapes to learn. Dominant 7th chords have a really bluesy sound so once you learn these chords you can throw them into your blues playing. […]

A Flat / G Sharp Major Chord

Here is a shape for the A flat / G sharp major guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the Ab / G# on the 4th fret of the 6th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

A Major Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the open A major chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first because you have to squish your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers up on the 2nd fret of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings. […]

A Sharp / B Flat Major Chord

Here is a shape for the A sharp / B flat major guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the A# / Bb on the 1st fret of the 5th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

B Major Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the a B major guitar chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the B on the 2nd fret of the 5th string. If you need […]

C Major Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the open C major chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first. Just make sure to curve your fingers over and come down the very tips of them. If you need help reading chord diagrams […]

C Sharp / D Flat Major Chord

Here is a shape for the C sharp / D flat major guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the C# / Db on the 4th fret of the 5th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

D Major Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the open D major chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first. Just make sure to curve your fingers over and come down the very tips of them. If you need help reading chord diagrams […]

D Sharp / E Flat Major Chord

Here is a shape for the D sharp / E flat major guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the D# / Eb on the 6th fret of the 5th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

E Major Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the open E major chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first. Just make sure to curve your fingers over and come down the very tips of them. If you need help reading chord diagrams […]

F Major Guitar Chord

Here is one of the most common shapes for an F major chord. This voicing uses the E bar chord shape and it is one of the most difficult chords for newer guitar players to make. If you need more help on playing bar chords you can always go to the bar chord lesson.

F# / Gb Major Chord

Here is a shape for the F sharp / G flat major guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the F# / Gb on the 2nd fret of the 6th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

G Major Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the open G major chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first. Just make sure to curve your fingers over and come down the very tips of them. Alternatively, you can make this chord with […]

A Flat / G Sharp Minor Chord

Here is a shape for the A flat / G sharp minor guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the Ab / G# on the 4th fret of the 6th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

A Minor Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the open A minor chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first. Just make sure to curve your fingers over and come down the very tips of them. If you need help reading chord diagrams […]

A Sharp / B Flat Minor Chord

Here is a shape for the A sharp / B flat minor guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the A# / Bb on the 1st fret of the 5th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

B Minor Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the a B minor guitar chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the B on the 2nd fret of the 5th string. If you need […]

C Minor Guitar Chord

Here is a shape for the C minor chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first. Just make sure to curve your fingers over and come down the very tips of them. If you need help reading chord diagrams you […]

C Sharp / D Flat Minor Chord

Here is a shape for the C sharp / D flat minor guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the C# / Db on the 4th fret of the 5th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

D Minor Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the open D minor chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first. Just make sure to curve your fingers over and come down the very tips of them. If you need help reading chord diagrams […]

D Sharp / E Flat Minor Chord

Here is a shape for the D sharp / E flat minor guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the D# / Eb on the 6th fret of the 5th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

E Minor Guitar Chord

Here is the shape for the open E minor chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first. Just make sure to curve your fingers over and come down the very tips of them. If you need help reading chord diagrams […]

F Minor Guitar Chord

Here is one of the most common shapes for an F minor chord. This voicing uses the E minor bar chord shape and it is one of the most difficult chords for newer guitar players to make. If you need more help on playing bar chords you can always go to the bar chord lesson.

F# / Gb Minor Chord

Here is a shape for the F sharp / G flat minor guitar chord. This chord diagram uses one of the more common bar chord voicings. The lowest root note of this chord is the F# / Gb on the 2nd fret of the 6th string. When a note can be called by more than […]

G Minor Guitar Chord

Here is a shape for the G minor chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. This voicing uses the E minor bar chord shape and has it’s lowest root note on the 3rd fret of the 6th string. If you need more help on playing bar chords you can always […]

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