Learning to read chord charts Acoustic Guitar Basic Lesson

Learning to read chord charts 

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The most important thing to know when learning how to play the guitar is chords. Chords allow you to play all the songs you ever wanted to learn. To play these chords, we must first learn how to read chord charts. Don’t worry, this is fairly simple. To read these chord charts, we must remember 3 things:

• What finger do I use?

• What string do I play on? 

• What fret do I play on? 

Your fingers are labeled as follows: 

• 1 – Index finger

 • 2 – Middle finger

 • 3 – Ring finger

 • 4 – Pinky

 These numbers will be shown on a chord chart like this.

X- do not play

O- open string 

Readable-Chord
Readable Chord



 The black dots are the places to put your fingers. Underneath are the numbers 1, 3, and 2. These numbers represent which fingers to use to hold down a string. 

The strings are the vertical lines, with the far left line being the thickest string- the low E string.

 The frets are the horizontal lines. As you can see, they are labeled on the right. When playing on a fret, remember to play immediately behind the fret. For example, if you need to play on the 2nd fret, count up 2 frets then put your finger immediately behind the 2nd fret. This will give you the best possible sound from the guitar. Take a look at the chord chart on the next page. We will dissect all the parts so it makes sense to you.



Readable-Chord
Readable-Chord


  To play the D chord shown above, start reading from left to right. This means to find the 1st finger, then the 3rd, and then the 2nd finger. It’s just like reading a book. Start with finding your 1st finger, which is your index finger. Now find what string to play on. To do this, count from the left to the right until you get to the string which is played by your 1st finger. In this case, it is the 4th string from the left. Now find which fret to play on. Count down the frets. Fret 1, Fret 2. Your 1st finger goes on the 4th string down on the second fret. Now repeat the process for each finger. Not only can you now read chord charts, you also know the D chord!



 Tip­ - try to relax when you practice. It will make your playing sound so much better. 

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