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THE ESSENTIAL REFERENCE GUIDE //
Every style of music has its own vocabulary of open position and moveable
chords. While many chords are common to a variety of styles, each style also
requires a few go-to chords that you wont usually find in other styles. We
organized the chords on the following pages by style to make it easier to
reference and learn quickly.

Of course there are hundreds of other chords and you will learn many of them
as you delve into more sophisticated harmonies and songs. However, whether
youre a beginner or a pro, the chords featured in this section are used to play
literally thousands of popular songs.

Weve also included the most commonly used scales and modes in this reference
section. Like the chords, there are many other scales, modes and fingerings
you will learn as you progress, but these are some of the most essential.

If youre new to moveable chords, please review the fretboard diagram on the
following page. This is your key to being able to play any moveable chord,
anywhere on the neck, in any key.

Practice smart. Play hard.

HOW TO READ THE DIAGRAMS //


The dots on the fretboard with numbers in them represent where you put your
fingers. The numbers dictate which finger goes where. If a string has an X
above it that means you do not play that string. If it has an O above it that
means you play that string open. The white dots with black numbers in them
represent the root notes of the chord or scale where applicable.

Any chords that have an arched line that connects two strings indicates that
you barre or hold your finger down across all of the strings between those.

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E A D G B E FRETBOARD //
1 A D G
F B E A C F Knowing the notes on the fretboard is important
for many reasons. Scales and chords have their
root notes on different strings in various
places on the neck, so being able to quickly
F C F
2 G B E A D G
identify what note is where is a crucial skill.

"Moveable" chords and scales are shapes that


can be played anywhere on the neck using the
A
3 G C F B D G same fingering. The letter name of the chord or
scale changes depending on where you play it
based on the "Root" note.

4 G C F D G
A D G B E A Use the fretboard chart as a reference until you
get the positions of the notes in your memory.

As an example of how to use a moveable chord


5 A D G C E A with this chart; If I am playing a Major 7 chord
with the root note on the 5th string, if I play that
chord with the root note on the 7th fret, that
6 A D G C A
B E A D F B
would make it an E Major 7. If I move it up to the
8th fret it becomes an F Major 7 -- because the
root note (the note on the 5th string) is now "F".

7 F
B E A D G B This works with all moveable chords and
scales, so knowing where your root is and
understanding where notes on the fretboard
can be found is a powerful concept to have in
8 A D
C F B E G C your guitar toolbox.

9 C F G C
D G B E A D

10 D G C F A D

11 D G C F A D
E A D G B E

12 E A D G B E

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BEGINNER CHORDS
E A D G C

1 1
2 3 2 1 3 1 2 1 2
3 2 3 3

E minor A minor D7 A7 F

1 1 1 1
1 2 2 3 2 3 2 3 2
3

BARRE CHORDS
Major minor Dom 7th minor 7th Major 7th

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 3
3 4 3 4 3 3 4

Major minor Dom 7th minor 7th Major 7th

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2
3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 4

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BLUES CHORDS
7th 7th 9th 7th 13th

1
1 1 1 1 2 3 3 1 1 2
2 2 2 3
3 3 3 4 4
4

9th 7th minor 7th minor 7th minor 9th

1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
3 4 4 2
3 4 3 3 2 3 3

JAZZ CHORDS
Major 7th 7th minor 7th 13th 9th

1
1 2 1 2 3 2 3 3 1 2 2 3 3
3 4 4 3
4

Major 7th 7th minor 7th minor 7b5 Diminished 7th

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2
2 2 3 4 3 4
3 4 3 4 3

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ROCK CHORDS
Power Chord Power Chord Major minor Power Chord

1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2
3 3 3 4 3 4 3
4

Major minor 7th #9 sus 2 Major

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 3
3 3 3 4 4 3 4

COUNTRY CHORDS
C C7 D D7 minor

1 1 1 1
2 2 1 2 2 3 2
3 3 4 3 3

E E7 E minor F G

1 1 1 1
2 3 2 2 3 2 1
3 2 3

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COUNTRY CHORDS Continued
G7 A A7 A minor B

1 1
2 2 1 3 2 3 2 3 1
3
2 3 4

SINGER SONGWRITER
G C add9 D D sus4 D sus2

1 1 1 2 1 1
2 3 4 2 3 4 3 3 4 3

Em add9 E F#m11 A sus4 A sus 2

1
2 3 4 2 3 2 3 4 1 2 1 2
3

F F add9 D m6 A m11 B sus4

1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2 1
3 3 4 4
3 4

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MAJOR PENTATONIC SCALE

6th String Root 5th String Root

2 4 2 4
2 4 2 4
1 3 1 4
1 4 1 4
1 4 2 4
2 4 2 4

MINOR PENTATONIC SCALE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 4 1 4
1 4 2 4
1 3 1 3
1 3 1 3
1 3 1 4
1 4 1 4

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BLUES SCALE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 4 1 3
1 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 3
1 3 1 2 3
1 2 3 1 4
1 4 1 4

COMPOSITE BLUES SCALE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 3 4 1 2 4 4
1 2 4 4 1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 3 4

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MAJOR SCALE (IONIAN)

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 3 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4

DORIAN MODE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 3
1 2 3 1 2 3

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PHRYGIAN MODE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4

LYDIAN MODE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 3 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4

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MIXOLYDIAN MODE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 3

NATURAL MINOR (AEOLIAN)

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 3 4
1 2 3 1 3 4
1 2 3 1 2 4

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LOCRIAN MODE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 2 4 1 3 4
1 2 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4

HARMONIC MINOR

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 3 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 3
1 2 3 1 2 3
1 2 3 1 2 4

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MELODIC MINOR SCALE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 2 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 2 3
1 2 3 1 2 4

DIMINISHED SCALE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 2 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4
1 2 4 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4

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AUGMENTED SCALE

6th String Root 5th String Root

1 2 2 3
2 3 1 2 3 4
2 3 1 2
1 2 4 4 1 2 3
2 3 1 3 4
1 3 4 1 2 4

WHOLE TONE SCALE


6th String Root

1 2 4
1 2 4
1 2 4
1 2 4
1 2 4
1 2 4

5th String Root

1 2 4
1 2 4
1 2 4
1 2 4
1 2 4
1 2 4

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