Welcome to the Chords Woodshed
– by YourGuitarSage!!
You are about to embark on a study that will open many doors for you through the use of these “mobile” chords. Each chord family is separated with it’s own page. Within each family you will find the different variations of that chord and three different ways to play that chord depending on what string you desire to play the root (tonic) of the chord on.
How to read the diagram: The low E string is represented by the far left string of the diagram. The high string is represented by the far right string. The “X” denotes a string that is not played for that particular chord. The “R”, “3”, “5”, etc. that are at the bottom of the diagram describe what part of the chord that string or finger is playing (i.e.-what scale step, based on the root, is being played). Because these chords can be moved up and down the fretboard, they become “mobile”. This mobility allows each diagram form to be played in all 12 keys. The letter name of the chord is based on what fret the “R” or root is played on. (i.e.-if the chord below were played with the “R” at the 5th fret, the chord name would be an Amaj7 or an A Major 7. If the chord were played with the “R” at the 3rd fret, the chord would be a Gmaj7 or G Major 7 chord.) These chords should be played up and down the fretboard to avoid monotony and diversify your playing. You will be amazed at just how much chord study practicing can develop your technique AND speed!! NOW DIG IN!!!!!