Guitar chords - find, learn and play

Guitar chord is the site for you who want to learn your first guitar chords or wish to discover new ones. You will furthermore find the theory of the chords and they will be put in context with chord progressions and songs so you in an instant can begin to practice what you learn. All the theoretical substance has been minimized and you are given straightforward facts that will help you to get into the guitar playing right away.

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Chords that sound good together

What is a guitar chord?

Guitar chords are groups of notes and these delivers harmony when played together. Let’s look at the C major chord, which includes the notes C, E and G.

guitar chord diagram
Major C chord

In this specific C chord (a chord can be played in many ways as the fretboard of the guitar let us find the constellations of the same notes in several positions), there’s five notes played together: C, E, G (open string), C and E (open string). On the guitar, we sometimes play the same note twice but in different octaves to get a richer sound in a chord.

A common way to separate guitar chords is in major and minor. There's a difference in sound between these: the major tends to sound cheerful or neutral as the minor have more of a sad character. Therefore, you will hear more major chords in fast rock songs and lot's of minor chords in ballads.

To accomplish additional mood in the sound so-called flavors is used. For the C chord a B note can be added to create such a flavor and that chord will then be called Cmaj7 (‘maj’ stands for major).

C maj 7 chord with notes
Cmaj7 chord

By releasing the fifth string (B-string) we have got - as the picture above shows - the following notes: C, E, G, B and C. These kinds of chords are used in many music styles, but you may associate the sound to some specific style – melancholy ballads or jazz?

Let’s now try this guitar chord:

C7 chord with notes
C7 chord

The name of this chord is C7 and if you find some blues in it you’re completely on the spot – this kind of chords is regularly used in the style of blues.

The C7 chord is consisting of these notes: C, E, Bb, C and E. As you may have noticed we no longer have a G note. Due to the construction of the guitar we sometimes have to skip some less important note in a chord. The fifth note, which is G in this case, is the note that is commonly skipped in these cases. (Even on the piano, their things like this aren't forced, the fifth note are sometimes left out because it otherwise would be too much harmonic notes together with additional melody notes.)

There are lots of them, all you really need to do are simply placing your fingers in a random position on the guitars fret board and you going to accomplish a guitar chord. But it’s not until you do it with control and in organized form that music is being created. The guitar chords are categorized in names (e.g. C, C7) and bigger groups. Some of the more common groups are:

On this site you will also find other groups that are not among the most common, but are never the less often used like sus chords, slash chords and other categories you will find on the site.

Sharps (#) and flats (b)

One thing you should be familiar with is the sharps (#) and the flats (b). If you see a chord like C# this is spelled "C sharp". So if you see a chord like Db this is spelled "D flat". The next thing you should know is that C# and Db is exactly the same thing. The reason they are written differently is because the changing of keys.

Advice for the beginner

In case you have just begun playing guitar, learning some chords is a very good way to start. Try to memorize a few ones and then practice on switching between the chords.

For the intermediate guitar player

Learning a new chord is always a good way to improve as a guitar player. Look around on this site and you will find several categories. Besides that, on you will also find articles and video lessons.

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