Basic Chords

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EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE

  Ab        Abm       Ab7       Abm7      Ab6     Abmaj7
466544    466444    4645X4    4644X4    46X564    XX6543

 Abm6      Abdim     Abaug       A        Am        A7
466464    XX0101    XX2110    002220    002210    002020

  Am7        A6      Amaj7      Am6      Adim      Aaug
002010    002222    002120    002212    X01212    X03221

  Bb        Bbm       Bb7      Bbm7       Bb6     Bbmaj7
113331    113321    113131    113121    113333    113231

 Bbm6      Bbdim     Bbaug      B         Bm        B7
113323    XX2323    XX4221    224442    224432    X21202

  Bm7        B6      Bmaj7      Bm6      Bdim      Baug
X20202    224444    224342    224434    XX0101    XX5443

  C         Cm        C7        Cm7       C6       Cmaj7
032010    335543    032310    335343    335555    332000

  Cm6      Cdim      Caug       C#        C#m       C#7
335545    XX1212    032110    446664    446654    X4342X

 C#m7      C#6      C#maj7     C#m6      C#dim     C#aug
446454    446666    446564    012120    XX2323    XX3221

  D         Dm        D7        Dm7       D6       Dmaj7
X00232    X00231    X00212    X00211    X00202    X00222

  Dm6      Ddim      Daug       Eb        Ebm       Eb7
X00201    XX0101    XX0332    668886    668876    X6564X

 Ebm7      Eb6      Ebmaj7     Ebm6      Ebdim     Ebaug
668676    668888    X11333    X3434X    XX1212    XX5443

  E         Em        E7        Em7       E6       Emaj7
022100    022000    020100    020010    022120    022444

  Em6      Edim      Eaug       F        Fm         F7
022020    0X2323    032110    X03211    XX3111    131211

  Fm7       F6       Fmaj7     Fm6       Fdim      Faug
131111    13X231    XX3210    XX0111    XX0101    X03221

  F#       F#m        F#7      F#m7      F#6      F#maj7
244322    244222    XX4320    242222    24X342    XX4321

 F#m6      F#dim     F#aug      G         Gm        G7
X01222    X01212    XX4332    320003    133111    320001

 Gm7        G6       Gmaj7     Gm6       Gdim      Gaug
131111    320000    320002    X10030    XX2323    XX5443

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    thebrokensmile
    This is pretty reliable. it has got most of the chords that you would usually hear in songs. cheers
    urbman_4004
    For those who wondered how to to chords with 5 or 6 frets: We`ll use Bm as an example: 224432 1) 2 is our lowest number here, so you simply put your indexfinger over across all the strings on 2nd fret. (when you do this you get the chord 22222 2) you know got 3 fingers left, which is just what you need for the remaining 433. It might hurt a bit the first times, but dont worry, your fingers will soften up in no time. 3) I think this is called a Barre. but I`m not entirely sure, as it might just be the name ppl use on false chords.
    urbman_4004
    For those who wondered how to to chords with 5 or 6 frets: We`ll use Bm as an example: 224432 1) 2 is our lowest number here, so you simply put your indexfinger over across all the strings on 2nd fret. (when you do this you get the chord 22222 2) you know got 3 fingers left, which is just what you need for the remaining 433. It might hurt a bit the first times, but dont worry, your fingers will soften up in no time. 3) I think this is called a Barre. but I`m not entirely sure, as it might just be the name ppl use on false chords.
    Rkfmustang
    Okay, you guys seem to be somewhat helpful.. I'm seeming to be having trouble playing chords like B and Cm. I don't think I've got my finger placement right or something... I don't konw what's up. Any suggestions?
    metal head woot
    pop, rap, dance, trance, techno... it all sucks. metal, heavy metal, death metal, black metal and gothic metal all the way!!! by the way nice effort on the chords... good job man.
    buddylee3377
    k im just concerned. ive got most of the chords down, im just curious of what the letters stand for. m is for major or minor? # is for flat or sharp? what does aug/maj/dim/b7( what doe the numbers stand for after the letters?) if some one could repost to this i would really appreciate it. thanks a lot.
    Prowler15
    death metal, blcak metal, gothic metal? What the hell is that!? I mean, that is such bullcrap because, I myself am a metal fan but thats is just to much, man! ALot of music originated from Rock but that doesnt mean Rock is the daddy of 'em all! Rock originated from Blues and other types of music. I mean, thats my opinion, and yeah rap is just about getting laid and selling crack or living in the ghetto
    Test4Echo
    4the newbie guitarist ,take it one chord at a time ,good chord to start with would be the G chord ,play it over and over until it sounds clear and it comes natural for your fingers to hold it , than move on to another chord like the C chord & do the same ,when u can play them both comfortably, then work on switching from the G chord back to The C chord back to the G chord and so on ,Go onto the next chord like the D chord and work your way up the ladder learning 1 chord at a time after u learn the G,C AND D chord ,You will start to feel more cofortable with the guitar & the sky is the limit!! my opinion guitarist should know there chords b4 learning scales ....Rock On!!!
    crazyeyes777
    good chart, a few mistakes, but good. and as far as this genre war goes, i just have this to say, rap is just one letter away from crap.
    Bass Cat
    i saw silly_pleb's coment about chordguide.com this place is actually really good for getting the chords you want to learn. for any beggining guitarist (like me)(i usually play bass)or for those a little too dumb to figure out how this guys tab works(again, like me) check it out for sure! www.chordguide.com
    Gareth2303
    I love these but hate you, how do i solve this probelem
    FUCKING BEAT IT YOU HOMO
    Silent_Scream1
    okay you guys want some tablature and pictures then ill give it to you. ill give you an example of a plain and simple C chord. E A D G B e | | | | 1 | | | 2 | | | | 3 | | | | | | | | | | this is a picture of the neck. and this is a C chord. and the numbers represent your fretting fingers.1 is your pointer,2 is your middle finger,and 3 is your ring finger. the numbers tell you which finger you use on each fret.easy?....okay then lets move on. e|----0---.. B|----1---.. G|----0---.. D |----2---.. A| ----3---.. E|----0---.. And there we have a TAB version of what a chord looks like if some of you guys dont know how to read tabs then ill tell you. EADGBe are your strings E being the thickest one and e being your thinnest one, and the numbers this time represent which fret to hold down one which string. You get it now?....I hope you do
    Silent_Scream1
    E A D G B e | | | | 1 | | | 2 | | | | 3 | | | | | | | | | | e|----0---- B|----1---- G|----0---- D|-- --2---- A|----3 ---- E|----0----
    Silent_Scream1
    Well for those of you guys who dont understand quite yet ill explain a lil. e|---0--- Heres a "Tab" form of what B|---1--- a C chord looks like.EADGBe G|---0--- represent your 6 strings the D|---2--- numbers represent the fret number A|---3--- in which your fingers are supposed E|---.. hold down. EADGBe ..This is a C chord in a diff picture | | | | 1 | This time the numbers indicate your | | 2 | | | fretting fingers. 1 is your pointer,2 is | 3 | | | | middle, etc.and the rest of the lines ..indicate your strings EADGBe. C 032010 ..This way is a shorter way of showing how ..to finger a chord. the 6 numbers obviously ..represent your strings and the numbers ..indicate your fingers. So the 6th,3rd,1st ..strings should be open not fretted down.
    skatinsatan
    okay who ever said rap came from punk has their head way up they're ass. punk was all about the greater good. where does rap say anythina bout the good. i just hear about sex drugs and violence. a lot like the punk scene of today. but thats why you always here poeple sayin punks dead.
    rosy_red_cheeks
    a good way, well how i use to remember the strings when i started, EADGBE... is .... elephants and dogs grow big ears so it looks like this Ears---.. (thinnest) Big---.. Grow---.. Dogs---.. And--- .. Elephants- --.. (fattest string) as with the chords most of them are pretty simple A= 002220 so if you dont have a clue what that was its ..no fingers on the e string (fattest)or the A ..then its your 1st finger (next to thumb) ..on the 2nd fret on the D then your 2nd ..finger on G string (still on same fret) then ..3rd finger on B then strum and you'll hear ..cord A. theirs other ways to play A, i play ..the A like this but i use to use a other way ..which sounded the same just different ..fingers on different strings. so if you got that, E= 022100 (no fingers on E,2nd fret on A string with 2nd finger.3rd finger on D and 1st finger on 1st fret on G ect: ) C= 032010 D= 000232 Em= 022000 G= 320003 Am = 002210 does anyone know Bm and Bb? it would be a great help i need it for this song, its pissing me off
    starfox72
    I understand all this except how to play chords where you have to mute a middle strings like: Ab7, Abm7, Ab6, etc... (first line of the lesson) For instance AB7 is 4645X4. How do you avoid strumming the 5th string? Unless it's maybe finger picking, I have a really hard time here. PS: let's talk about basic chords and let's not digress please
    Goobes
    Rosy_Red_Cheeks, Bm= 224432 Bb= 113331 Is it just me or does anyone notice that on the D and A chords there's an extra open string played at the top strings. My D chord is XX0232 instead of X00232 and my A chord is XO222O instead of 002220. Which one is correct.
    Vampire-leader
    YAY ive learned 3 chords (i actually play them all the time in tab format just dont actually know the name of the chord) go me i know Em now WOOOOW and to think im in a badn lol
    cherrypie07
    im more of a chords person than a swords person i must say.. and now i can play chords coz i know what they are! this really does help!
    Bass Cat
    and about the genre issue, rap sucks my cock. stupid fags all they can do is rhyme. and sometimes not even that much
    yorkbaby1009
    what are the numbers below the chord for?? plz help!! i am trying to figure out how to do an am , c and f chords... any help helps! thx