Chords by key

The major keys of C and G lend themselves to open chords; whereas D and A use a single barre chord.  E, B and F# are most easily played by mixing in two or more barre chords. It should be noted that there are multiple ways of playing a lot of these chords and I chose to show the chords that I thought would be easiest for most beginning guitarists to play. Remember,  uppercase Roman numerals I, IV and V represent major chords and lowercase ii, iii, vi represent minor chords. The degree symbol represents a chord that is diminished – in this case, the vii scale degree.

If you’re a singer, find the key (or keys) that fit your voice and learn them inside out. This includes minor variations like Am7 instead of Am and Em7 instead of Em. Spice it up a little!

Notes: Chord table for flats keys yet to come. Root notes are in red and only one is needed per chord so drop those that you don’t feel you need to play.

I

ii

iii

IV

V

vi

vii°

 C

 C major chord diagram  D minor chord diagram E minor chord diagram  F major chord diagram  G major chord diagram  A minor chord diagram  B diminished chord diagram

 G

 G major chord diagram  A minor chord diagram  B minor chord diagram  C major chord diagram  D major chord diagram  E minor chord diagram  F# diminished chord diagram

 D

 D major chord diagram  E minor chord diagram  F# minor chord diagram  G major chord diagram  A major chord diagram  B minor chord diagram  C# diminished chord diagram

 A

 A major chord diagram  B minor chord diagram  C# minor chord diagram  D major chord diagram  E major chord diagram  F# minor chord diagram  G# diminished chord diagram

 E

 E major chord diagram  F# minor chord diagram  G# minor chord diagram  A major chord diagram  B major chord diagram  C# minor chord diagram  D# diminished chord diagram

 B

 B major chord diagram  C# minor chord diagram  D# minor chord diagram  E major chord diagram  F# major chord diagram  G# minor chord diagram  A# diminished chord diagram

 F#

 F# major chord diagram  G# minor chord diagram  A# minor chord diagram  B major chord diagram  C# major chord diagram  D# minor chord diagram  F diminished chord diagram

 

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