Guitar Chord Chart for Beginners

Having these open guitar chords for beginners at hand is the easiest way to start playing accompaniment to thousands of songs out there for both electric and acoustic guitar. Generally these chords are played with clean, undistorted sound, because the distortion effect will bring to much dirt.

The distorted guitar is usually best played with the power chords instead.

Take your time mastering these easy guitar chords below and you’ll be able to pick up accompaniment by ear to a lot of tunes without much of effort ;)

Free Printable Guitar Chord Chart for Beginners

Free Basic Guitar Chord Chart

click here to download PDF file or here to open online version for printing.

Note that to play the F major chord you need to press both the 1st and 2nd string with your index finger. In order to do so lean the finger in a way that it presses the string with its phalange and not with a fingertip as usual.

For fun, I've arranged the first three rows of the chart in the way that each of them creates a chord progression that you can play straightforward from left to right,
as an example Am -> C -> G -> Em (the first row) and hear some music coming out while learning the chords ;)

Whenever you need to write down your chord ideas you can print out blank chord diagrams right from this page or download the PDF sheet and print it, click here to download.

Check out the videos below on how to play a few basic open chords. The chords she is playing at the scene 1 - "Open Chords Introduction" are the Em and G. And the C - G - Fadd9 chord progression at the 2nd scene - "More Chords".

I will introduce more guitar chords for beginners on the guitar chord progressions page.

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A Guitar Chord Diagram

The black circles in the chord diagrams indicate which strings and which frets you need to press with your fretting fingers.


The numbers inside the black circles indicate recommended, comfortable fingering for pressing these strings.


The "X" symbol on the top of a diagram above the certain strings means you should skip playing these string.


The "O" symbol represents an open string. You don't press the open strings with your fretting fingers, while you need to pick, pluck or strum them along with the pressed ones.

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