Major chords shown are played near the NUT
of the guitar in the 1st position. Chords that use open strings are also known as 'Open Position' or 'Folky' chords (A, C, D, E & G are common). All chords shown are Root Position chords
since the lowest note of each chord is the Root with the exception of Ab which has the 5th note (Eb) in the bass, which is known as a Chord Inversion.
Here are the Major Chord Inversion Lessons
, also sometimes called "Slash Chords
" and written as C/G chord (Chord Symbol / Lowest Note in Bass). Includes another way to play Root Position Major Chords.
The Note names of each Chord are written above every Chord diagram to help you learn the Notes used in the chord and the notes
on the Fretboard
. The Chord Symbol (A
) is shown inside the diagram at the
top. Beside each diagram is the Score with the chord symbol and Tablature.
A Major Chord
= A C# E
At the bottom of each Chord diagram are the
Root (1st) - 3rd & 5th Note names of each Major chord with numbers
below to show suggested fingerings
for your Left Hand.
each Chord diagram is the Music Score with the Chord Symbol above and Tablature
(a visual aid for writing guitar parts instead of reading music) below.
The Music Score includes Sound that lets you Hear the Chord and See the
Timing for each string played by watching the Vertical Blue
move across the Music over the Notes and TAB on the beat. Use the
Controls on TOP of the Music Score to Play and practice or change the
When you Click Play
the Score will 1st strum the chord and then plays each string in a downward motion and repeat once.
you're done. Other controls include Pause, Fast Forward, ReWind and Pitch
or Key change.
You can also practice by playing along. The Slider
you change the Tempo or Speed from Slower to Faster without changing the
Click on the Slider Control and drag it Left (Slower
) or Right (Faster
A list of exercises
using 3 chords at a time (D-G-A,
A-D-E, G-C-D and C-F-G) are at the bottom of this page complete with Music
Scores. These are common chords used in songs, so memorize
a group of 3
chords from this page to prepare for the exercises. Ideally, you want to memorize how to play chords by Name and recognize the Chord Symbols.
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