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A
A/C#

Bb

B

C

D
D/F#

E

F

G
G/B

The Five Basic Chord Shapes (Guitar.com)

GUITAR CHORD SHAPES


Major Chord Shapes
(1-3-5)

There are five primary "Major" Chord Shapes which are based on the open position A, C. D, E and G chords. The fingering diagrams for these chords which are collectively referred to as the "CAGED" chords are presented below with a link to commonly encountered variations.

"A" Form
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|-4-|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|---|---|-2-|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--

Variations

"C" Form
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|-2-|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|--
--|---|---|---|-x-|--

Variations

"D" Form
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|--
--|---|---|-2-|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--

Variations

"E" Form
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|-2-|---|---|--
--|---|---|-4-|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--

Variations

"G" Form
--|-x-|---|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|--

Variations


[ Red=Root; 1=Index; 2=Middle; 3=Ring; 4=Pinky
x=Don't Play; If No x,1,2,3,4=Play Open String ]


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