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Beginner Guitar Chord Chart - Free Print Sheet

This lesson provides print-friendly (PDF) versions of the beginner guitar chord charts found in the chord basics series.

Every beginner guitarist should know the chords on this page. They are easy to finger, provide vibrant open voicings and you'll use them throughout your entire guitar playing life. Many epic songs have been written exclusively using the simple chords on this page!


Printable beginner guitar chord chart

small chevron Download the PDF chord sheet here, good for A4 printing (right click and "save as" to download).

Or, see the "poster" version below, best for viewing on your screen or larger scale printing (click the image to see full size)...

beginner guitar chord chart poster

These are the basic open position chords most guitarists learn as beginners. They are divided into triads, major 7th, dominant 7th and minor 7th chord forms.

fingers numbered from 1 (index) to 4 (pinky)Don't worry about what these names mean right now - as time goes on you'll either learn more about the theory behind their construction or you'll just learn to associate the chord names with their sound and the shapes they form on the guitar fretboard.

 The X on the charts means don't play that string!

Major and minor beginner chord chart

Also known as major and minor triads, because they only contain three notes. For example, even though the E major chord uses all six strings, the only notes contained within the shape are E, B and G#. Notes in a chord shape may appear on multiple strings (for example, in E major, the note E appears three times - on the low E string, D string and high e string).

major and minor beginner guitar chord chart

Major 7th chord chart

Major 7th chords add depth to the basic major triads above. All we're doing is adding an extra note (called the major 7th), giving us four note chords (triad + an extra note). This means you'll need to alter the fingering slightly to accomodate this new note. Try and see how the major chords above have been modified to create the major 7th chords below. It's just one note/fret difference.

major 7th chord chart

Dominant 7th chord chart

Like major 7th chords, four note dominant 7th chords thicken up the basic major chord. When playing the chords in the chart below, experiment with using them in a chord progression, along side standard major/minor chords and major 7th chords.

dominant 7th chord chart

Minor 7th chord chart

Four note minor chords built on the basic minor triad chord forms from earlier.

minor 7th chord chart


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