How to Play Guitar Chords

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This page has fingerings for some basic chords.

The numbers are the fingers.

"1 - - - 1" means your first finger will be pressing across all the strings indicated. If this is too difficult, sometimes you can just press one or two strings. For instance, on the Bb you can just press the first string with the first finger, but then you wouldn't play the fifth string.

The "x" means you don't play this string unless you want to use it as an alternate bass.
 

     A             A7             Am           Am7
x__________   x__________   x__________   x__________

| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | 1 |   | | | | 1 |
| | 2 3 4 |   | | 2 | 3 |   | | 2 3 | |   | | 2 | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
 
 
     Bb            Bb7           Bbm          Bbm7

x__________   x__________   x__________   x__________

| 1 - - - 1   | 1 - - - 1   | 1 - - - 1   | 1 - - - 1
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | 2 |   | | | | 2 |
| | 2 3 4 |   | | 3 | 4 |   | | 3 4 | |   | | 3 | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
 
 
     B             B7            Bm           Bm7

x__________   x__________   x__________   x__________

| | | | | |   | | 1 | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
| 1 - - - 1   | 2 | 3 | 4   | 1 - - - 1   | 1 - - - 1
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | 2 |   | | | | 2 |
| | 2 3 4 |   | | | | | |   | | 3 4 | |   | | 3 | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
 
 
     C             C7            Cm           Cm7

x__________   x__________   x__________   x__________

| | | | 1 |   | | | | 1 |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
| | 2 | | |   | | 2 | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
| 3 | | | |   | 3 | 4 | |   | 1 - - - 1   | 1 - - - 1
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | 2 |   | | | | 2 |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | 3 4 | |   | | 3 | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |

 
 
     D             D7            Dm           Dm7

x_x________   x_x________   x_x________   x_x________

| | | | | |   | | | | 1 |   | | | | | 1   | | | | 1 1
| | | 1 | 2   | | | 2 | 3   | | | 2 | |   | | | 2 | |
| | | | 3 |   | | | | | |   | | | | 3 |   | | | | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
 
 
     E             E7            Em           Em7

___________   ___________   ___________   ___________

| | | 1 | |   | | | 1 | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
| 2 3 | | |   | 2 | | | |   | 2 3 | | |   | 2 3 | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | 4 |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
 
 
     F             F7            Fm           Fm7

___________   ___________   ___________   ___________

1 - - - - 1   1 - - - - 1   1 - - - - 1   1 - - - - 1
| | | 2 | |   | | | 2 | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
| 3 4 | | |   | 3 | | | |   | 3 4 | | |   | 3 | | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
 
 
     F#           F#7           F#m          F#m7

___________   ___________   ___________   ___________

| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
1 - - - - 1   1 - - - - 1   1 - - - - 1   1 - - - - 1
| | | 2 | |   | | | 2 | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
| 3 4 | | |   | 3 | | | |   | 3 4 | | |   | 3 | | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
 
 
     G             G7            Gm           Gm7

___________   ___________   ___________   ___________

| | | | | |   | | | | | 1   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
| 1 | | | |   | 2 | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
2 | | | | 3   3 | | | | |   1 - - - - 1   1 - - - - 1
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | 3 4 | | |   | 3 | | | |
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |

 
 
Some other chords
 
   Gmaj7        Cmaj7        
D/F#bass      Am/Dbass
___________   x__________   __x________   x_x________
| | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | 1 |
| 2 | | | 1   | | 2 | | |   T | | 1 | 2   | | | 2 | |
3 | | | | |   | 3 | | | |   | | | | 3 |   | | | | | |
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