Beginning Lessons

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Reading Chord Charts




A Chord Chart is a picture of the fretboard that shows where to put your fingers to make a chord. A chord is playing 3 or more strings (or notes) together.

Look at the nut on the guitar and see where the nut is shown on the chord chart.

The horizontal lines are the frets.

The vertical lines are the strings. To remember the difference between frets and strings is there are 6 strings.

The dots with the numbers are where your fingers go. The numbers tell you which fingers to use.

Put your fingers in the spaces between the frets and don't press the string directly over the metal fret. Try putting the fingers as close to the metal fret without touching it for the best sound.

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