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I recommend that you visit the Tabledit site and download their free Player or buy the software -
each lesson will have TablEdit files with it.

Chords are sets of notes on different strings played together to give a pleasant sound. It's important that your guitar is kept in tune so that chords don't sound 'discordant'.

You will learn that there are 'families' of chords and most chords can be played in at least 3 different ways. Each way is known as a chord shape or chord inversion and the picture shows some of the main shapes which you must learn - it will probably take weeks to learn your chords and your finger tips will hurt, and may even bleed a bit. They toughen up after time - the first 3 years are the hardest! (That's a joke - the first 8 years are the hardest!)

When you form a chord shape, play each string on its own as well as strumming - it should sound clearly. At first you will find some strings deadened because you catch them with the inside of a nearby finger. Make sure each finger is placed vertically JUST BEHIND the frets - where the black dots are in the graphics.

There are 'families' of chords and there are repeating chord shapes.
The most common are given first - you may not come across the more uncommon ones for ages.
Each set has several shapes for the chord - try the easy ones first.
G
7
m
m7
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C
7
m
m7




D
7
m
m7




A
7
m
m7




E
7
m
m7




F
7
m
m7




B
7
m
m7




A#/Bb
7
m
m7




C#/Db
7
m
m7




D#/Eb
7
m
m7




F#/Gb
7
m
m7




G#/Ab
7
m
m7




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