Basic Chords

Here’s the 8 basic chords that I show every beginning student. To read these chord diagrams, place your fingers on the appropriate frets/strings. The strings run left to right, and the frets run top to bottom. The lowest string is the low E (thickest), and the frets are 1, 2, and 3 starting on the left, with the first line being the “nut” or beginning of the fretboard. An “O” on the left indicates that the string is strummed open (no finger) and an “X” indicates that the string is not strummed. The numbers on the fingers are 1 for index, 2 for middle, 3 for ring, and 4 for pinky. A chord with an “m” means “minor”, otherwise the chord is “major” by default. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions!

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