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FaChords Guitar Lessons & Software

Tips, Tools and Strategies to Skyrocket your Guitar Skills

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Useful Resources For Learning Chords

How to read music for guitar

Read this tutorial to learn how to
understand chords diagrams and music

How to play your first chord

This video lessons will teach you the right
posture and the basics of guitar

Basic guitar chords

This video tutorial teaches 5 basic chords
for beginners
How to read chord diagrams

Fretting fingers notation:

1: index, 2: middle 3: ring, 4: pinkie, 0: open string

Example: C major
Low E string: open (0); ring finger (3) on the 3rd fret of the A string,
middle finger (2) on the 2nd fret on the D string, G string: open, index
finger (1) on the 1st fret of the B string, high E string: open (0). Pinkie
finger not used for this chord
Major and Minor open strings chords

We begin with the most common chords: in this section you can learn
major and minor chords on the frets nearest the headstock. These
chords use often open strings.

If in the diagrams you find a 0 above a string, it means that you have
to play it without press any fret; if you find a X, then you have to mute
the string.

In diagrams, major chords are shown with "maj", while minor chords
are shown with "min". For example, C maj means C major chords, C
min means C minor chord.
Dominant Seventh Chords

A dominant seventh chord is a major chord with a minor seventh note

added. It's a very important chord as it creates a sort of tension that
resolves naturally on the tonic, giving a feeling of conclusion to the

In diagrams, dominant chords are denoted with the number "7", for
example C7 is a C dominant chord.
Movable chord shapes

The shapes in the following diagrams are called "movable shapes"

because you can move them up or down the neck in order to get
a different chord name but with the same quality (major, minor,
dominant and so forth). The same way barrè works.

With movable shapes we don't play any open strings.

If you memorize these movable shapes, you'll can play almost any
chord, by placing the chord-shape with the root on the fret that
corresponds to the name of the chord you want to play.

In the diagrams, the root note is marked with a yellow circle. For
example, the movable shape of a dominant seventh chord, is the first
figure in the following diagram:
Dominant 7 shape

If you want to play a F7 chord, you have to place the root (the fret
inside the yellow circle) on the 8th fret of the A string, that is a F note,
as shown in second picture. With the same logic, if you want to play a
G7, you have to place the root on the 10th fret of the A string
(indeed a G note), as shown in the third picture.

For a given chord, you can have different shapes, depending on the
fret you choice to be the root of you chord. In the following
diagrams, for each chord quality 3 different shapes are proposed.
Major chords

Major Seventh chords - maj7
Minor chords

Minor Seventh chords - min7
Dominant chords - 7

Augmented chords - aug (also called #5)
Diminished chords - dim7

Suspended Fourth - sus4
Major Sixth chords - 6

Minor Sixth chords - m6
Major Sixth added Nine chords - 6/9

Seventh Flat Five chords - 7b5
Seventh Augmented Five chords - 7#5

Seventh Flat Nine chords - 7b9
Seventh Augmented Five chords - 7#5

Seventh Suspended Fourth chords - 7sus4
Ninth Flat Five chords - 9b5

Minor Ninth chords - m9
Major Ninth chords - maj9

Dominant Ninth chords - 9
Dominant Eleventh chords - 11

Dominant Thirteen chords - 13