Basic Chords

Learn the basic, simple chords for everyday use.

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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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    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!
    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.
    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?
    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.
    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
    Gareth2303
    I love these but hate you, how do i solve this probelem
    FUCKING BEAT IT YOU HOMO
    klomzie25
    ei guyz... u see im just a beginner playing guitar... would you mind if i ask how does this basic chords work? sorry guyz but i just cant understand... tnx a lot...
    Snoops
    Basic chords are up there also just look for the chords with the letter like A is A 002220
    CrowleysInjury
    How can you do those chords that require six notes? As in the ones that say something like 135732....I mean is there a trick in doing it? Someone help
    sticksNstrings
    look guns are part of our rights and i have three but yall are right the last thing i want is for a crazy bitch to do me like dime bag
    JonnyAnderson
    Very helpful, i have only started playing the guitar and as i don't want to pay for any lessons your site is teaching me 100%. It is fairly obvious to anybody living outside the U.S.A. that americans are stupid, they have an idiot in charge and are trying to take the country forward using the economy instead of focussing on their resources, but this isn't a political site so i'll stop talking politics. Thanks a lot for the time and effort you've put into this article, it has helped me a lot.
    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
    Scourge
    this is a brilliant source for chords! however theres gotta be another way to play bm, i mean... an easier way, im trying to play Behind Blue Eyes by The Who and the only chord i dont know is Bm, and that seems too hard to chuck in with the other chords.. ah well i guess practice makes perfect oh, and whoever said "chords are pretty lame unless u wanna be a country singer" what the hell is that supposed to mean? im still a bit of a begginer, but even as soon as i started i knew that chords were pretty much the most important thing you can possibly learn! (apart from scales of course) almost no song with good guitaring goes without chords, and no good guitarists get by without using or at least knowing chords. so hmm lets see, 99.9% of rock uses chords, probably 98% of music with guitars use chords. oh, and "oginro: Another jackass who doesent like Rap. Its people like you who ban guns and extreme fighting matches. america doesent need you!!" its people like you we want to keep in america and away from the rest of the world, we dont want to be corrupt gun-loving little shits like you. americas already corrupt (no offence, ppl) and places like here in Australia for example, people dont want to have thier lives dramatically endangered by introducing guns to every damned person who wants one. its just crazy
    KiwiKieran
    Very helpful. If you're new to guitar just pick a few simple chords that go together and put more emphasis on strumming. Strumming is more important at early stages.
    GiR 2.0
    oginro wrote: Another jackass who doesent like Rap. Its people like you who ban guns and extreme fighting matches. america doesent need you!!
    (Note: all curse words are censored with meows) Oginro, why the (meow) did you come to a GUITAR site if you're gonna (meow) about that (meow)ing piece of (meow) you call music? This is for everyone who owns a guitar. I can tell that you don't know anything about rock or blues or anything. I'm okay if you listen to rap and play guitar (to me, it's just not right, that's just your [meow]ing problem). Plus, you say that without us people, there'd be no gun fights and (meow). WHY WOULD ANY LOWLIFE PIECE OF (MEOW) WANT ANY OF THAT?! Guns kill people. You idiot. You get a cap shot up your (meow hole) and let's see how the (meow) you like it. America needs us. They don't need dumb(meow) f(meow)k(meow)s like you.
    me504
    to GiR 2.0: Guns dont kill people.....people who are told they cant have guns do.
    me504
    to all the america haters: you're just jelous our president can fart the alphabet
    zeppelin5005
    ok theres one thing with this... i dont think many beginners can read this cuz its very confusing epsecially to them... im not even a beginner and im a little confused