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Browse and discover guitar chords with our chord library.
Select the tone and voicing of your chord
See how to fret the chord
Click play to hear the sound of the chord
The chord finder is a tool that you can use to:
The root note of the chord is displayed in the top left corner.
The quality of the chord is displayed in the top right corner.
Each circle represents a note in the chord.
At the bottom of this list, you’ll find the slash chords. These are chords with a specific chord tone in the bass.
As soon as you choose a root note and chord quality, the chord finder will display a chord voicing.
Using the button on the bottom-left corner, you can change what information is displayed in the circles on the fretboard.
Not familiar with all of the symbols in the chord type list? No problem.
If you want to find out which intervals make up a particular chord, choose the chord type you’re curious about and the “IV” setting on the bottom left corner.
For example, C diminished 7 is made up of:
As soon as you play more than one note, you’re playing a chord.
Triads are the most common chord in virtually every style of music. They’re one of the most powerful tools at a guitarist’s disposal when it comes to lead and rhythm playing.
We typically build chords by combining notes from a scale.
The major scale is a seven-note scale based on whole and half-step intervals.
The major scale is the most important scale you’ll ever learn because everything in Western music theory is relative to the major scale.
Follow these steps to building chords from any major scale:
This gives us D F A, which works out to D minor
This gives you seven chords and since they all live within a single scale, we call these diatonic chords:
The answer lies within the major scale.
These different gaps between notes result in different chord qualities. Still confused?
Let’s look at two chords in the key of C major, starting with C major (C, E, G)
A D chord (D, F, A) in the key of C on the other hand, is minor.
This knowledge – which notes are only a semitone apart and the formula for the major scale (w w h w w w h) – is something you simply memorize.
It’ll help you understand chords, music theory and ultimately this will make it easier to communicate with other musicians.
Applying the triad formula to every note in a major scale and measuring the distance between each note in relation to the root note is a fantastic way to really understand this concept.
Intervals in major, minor, and diminished chords:
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