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


    C7 chord


    E7 chord


    A7 chord


    D7 chord


    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