How to Play Guitar Chords

Getting Started

How to Read Guitar Chord Diagrams

Guitar chord diagrams identify the strings and frets used to play different guitar chords.

Guitar Chords for Beginners

Get started playing chords with this list of easy to play guitar chords for beginners.

Guitar Chord Forms


A triad is a basic 3 note chord form used to play major and minor chords.

Power chords

Power chords are formed with the 1st (root) note, 5th note, and an octave of the root note of the major scale.

Open Chords

An open chord is played using one or more guitar strings played open without being fretted.

Barre Chords

Barre chords are played using a finger to hold down multiple strings at the same time and allow many different chord voicings to be played.

Chord Voicings

6th Chords

6th chords are formed using a major or minor triad and adds the 6th note of the root note's scale. 6th chords are used in jazz and pop music.

7th Chords

7th guitar chords are frequently in jazz and blues. These guitar chords use the flat 7th or 7th note from the major scale.

9th Chords

9th chords are formed from a minor or major triad adding the 9th note of the scale.

Keys and Progressions

Chord Progressions

A chord progression is a pattern of chords, belonging to the same key, played to create the structure of a song.

Chord Keys

A chord key is a group or family of chords that sound good together and are based on a major or minor scale. Chords within the same key are played together in different chord progressions in songs.

Chord Charts

Guitar Chord Finder

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