Although thousands of chord formations are possible, in reality most songs
can be played using just a few chords. On each row below there are five
important chords listed for each of the five most common keys. Notice that
although there are 25 chord diagrams, quite a few of them are duplicates.
This is because they are important chords in more than one key. Therefore
there are only 17 different chords listed on this chart.
It is not necessary to memorize these chords immediately. As you learn
new songs, each one will require the use of some of the chords below.
At that time you should commit them to memory. If you are an absolute
beginner, be patient with yourself. Learning to change chords quickly
is something that takes time.
to Read Chord Diagrams
· The horizontal
lines (left to right) represent the frets.
· The black circles
on the diagram represent the position where the string should be fretted
· The vertical
lines (up and down) represent the six guitar strings. The 1st string (far
right) is the highest pitched, and the 6th string (left) is the lowest
· The numbers below
the diagrams represent the fingers of your left hand with which you should
fret (hold down) the strings. A “0” means to play a string
open (not fretted). An “x” means that you should not play
The fingers of your left hand
are numbered as follows: