Chords

Top tips to make your chords sound great!

  • Strum the chord, pick each string individually and adjust, and then strum again.
  • Press down strings with the tips of your fingers only
  • Use a pick!  Picks give a clearer sound. I use .73 Jim Dunlops
  • Don't play any strings with an X
  • Don't touch the underside of your guitar with the palm of your hand (or you'll mute the thinnest E string)

Chord boxes

Chord boxes show us where to put our fingers for each chord. Here is the chord box for the E Chord (E major).How to read chords

Basic Open Chords

'Open chords' get their name from the open strings that ring out in each of these chords. They are the eaiest chords to play, and you can play a ton of songs with them- so don't forget to learn PLENTY of songs with these chords before you get further down this page!

E chord

emajor   E chord photo

A chord

amajor   A chord photo

D chord

dmajor    D chord photo

G chord

gmajor     G chord photo

C chord

cmajor    C chord photo

Easy F chord (F major 7, aka F maj7)

fmaj7 Fmaj7 chord photo

Minor Chords

Minor chords sound sad. They therefore are not used as often, but one of them is likely to crop up in a song with 4 chords or more so they need to be learned.

Em chord

eminor     Em chord photo

Am chord

aminor     Am chord photo

Dm Chords

dminor     Dm chord photo

Oasis style chords

Oasis inspired chords

7th chords (aka Dominant 7th chords)

Any number at the end on a chord means there is an extra note added. This doesn't always make it harder to play, in fact it can make it much easier! 7th chords always sound 'bluesy', just like how minor chords sound 'sad'. These dominant 7th chords are great for getting an authentic blues sound, and can also preempt a change in a chord sequence, like in Hey Jude.

B7 chord

B7 open

G7 chord

g7

C7 chord

c7

E7 chord

e7ez

A7 chord

a7

D7 chord

d7

F chord & variations

F barre chord

Here is the full F barre chord as a chord diagram. The line between the two '1's means this fret is barred with your first finger.

F chord diagram    F Barre photo

F chord hybrid (mini barre)

Here is an easier option, which is basically a full F chord but with the first finger pressing down just the first two strings, instead of all 6.

fmaj john mayor F chord hybrid photo