Beginner Guitar Chords Chart
As a guitarist, I’ve relied heavily on free resources found on the web, so I’m doing my best to give back to the community by creating helpful applications for guitarists and providing as much help as I can for beginners and advanced guitarists alike.
The image I’ve provided above could probably be considered an easy guitar chords chart – all of the chords are the standard variations, and all located in the first position beneath the 5th fret (apart frm one I think). You’ll notice something different about my resources from the rest you’ll find on Google – I put the names instead of the finger numbers on each note.
The reason I do this is because, in my own experience, I never bothered to look at the numbers because putting the correct fingers in place was something I’d figure out quickly and naturally. There’s no secret about it, the listed positions are usually the most comfortable – whichever fingers you end up using are likely going to be the “right” ones.
Once your playing and finger strength improves, if you were to have been fingering any of the chords wrong, it’ll be your instinct to correct the fingering without any second thought – I’m confident about that when it comes to playing chords.
One thing I regret
…is that I’d never learned the note positions. I brushed music theory off because I had a rough time putting it together when I was younger and found that my technique improved without considering any of this. I stopped taking lessons before I even switched from bass to guitar, so you could say I’ve never had a guitar lesson. Even though I was able to advance to a level of playing where I could play Paul Gilbert songs, I never felt like my composition skills were improving in spite of writing and playing all the time.
Knowing how to identify the notes on the fretboard is the first place to start your education in music theory, and if you can practice committing this to memory while you’re playing to yourself or working on your technique, then you’re most definitely heading in the right direction.
Hotel California Guitar Chords Chart
Just for fun, I’ve made a Hotel California guitar chord chart with all the notes mapped out instead of the finger positions. If you’re a beginner, I’d just give this a try and see if you can see some patterns in the notes that create the chords – you’ll start to notice some things that you’ll eventually realize were your introduction to chord theory. Even if you hate the fuckin Eagles, man.