Thursday, 18 March 2010

How To Read Guitar Chord Boxes

Knowing a good range of chords is an important part of every great guitarist's toolkit. Each and every day we'll be introducing a new guitar chord and importantly showing you how and where to use it.

If you new to learning the guitar then learning to understand how to read chord boxes is an important thing to do:

This diagram shows the guitar's fretboard with the vertical lines representing the strings and the horizontal lines representing the frets. The thickest E string is on the left and the thinnest E string is on the right.

Place your fingers where the solid boxes and squares are. The solid box indicates which note is the root note, the root note is the note the chord is named after (chords are made up of lots of different notes, in an F major 7 chord, F is the root note).

Every chord will be tagged with its chord type. You can use these tags to search for different inversions of a chord, or if you want to spice things up with chords that you can play instead e.g. playing a 69 chord instead of a standard major chord.

Make a part of your daily practice routine and tune in every day!