by Jim Cranwell (Over 3 million chords in 14 different tunings!)
Click in text box or on the arrow to display the possible selections of
your choice, then move mouse cursor arrow to desired choice and click on
If you double click without moving the mouse cursor arrow, the textbox
will become highlighted
and then you can use the tab key and the up and
down arrows of the keyboard to change chord and variations (this works a
Anytime you find a chord you like click "save". When you have all the chords you want click "display" and you'll be able to print or save the page. To start over or make a new page... click "clear" and it will reset and clear all. You can change anything you want in between/during saves but it's best to leave the tuning and righty/lefty the same for every individual page (or else you'll get mixed up). Got it? If you want DADGAD tuning, ...fine, just leave it DADGAD for the whole chord chart display page. Here's a sample chord chart
Key is the chord letter, sharp or flat of the chord in question.
A = A , Eb = E flat , C# = C sharp
CHORD : Chord is the variety
min = minor ,
maj = major ,
m7 = minor 7th ,
b5 = flat 5
11th = 1, 5, b7, 9, 11
13th = 1, 3, 5, b7, 13
There aren't any actual complete chord diagrams stored anywhere in this
program (except on this help page). Every chord and variation is generated
via an algorithm. Some variations work great for some types of
but might not even give a result for others, so you might have to check
all the chord variations to get a chord that you feel comfortable fingering, (the vary check box changes the vary drop down into a whole 'nother set of variations). If
a chord gets computed and has all the needed notes included in it but,it
is not using all of the strings (like diagram), it is still a valid playable
chord, just don't use the x'd out strings (or increase the stretch). If a chord gets computed and
doesn't have all the notes included in it, it will get the six XXXXXX zap
and won't be displayed, and although there is an increased chance of this
happening sometimes in alternative tunings, it is quite rare because the
program automatically runs through all the different variations if it doesn't
find something at the variation you have tried.
When the chord
is being displayed in an open position the space
top of the diagram will be void of any string lines, any selected string
in this position means to play the string open. When you select any higher
fret the top space will become the chosen fret position, it will include
string lines. The diagram on the left is an E open chord, the diagram on
the right is a seventh chord on any fret above open.
"Find open strings" when turned on (checked) will add open strings (if possible) to the chord at any fret position, it will give you some nice sounding completely unique chords with open ringing notes.
The top row of the diagram is still the selected fret but the strings that show an open circle and a blue string are meant to be played open. The diagram on left is of for instance an "A" chord at the fifth fret with the "A" and "high E" strings being played open.
Stretch is the amount of distance the chord will span on the fret board.
Q3: means in the open or any fretted position any other possible notes
included will be within range of three more frets.
Q6: will give a huge six fret, sometimes impossible stretch.
Tuning changes the whole tuning of the guitar, making it easy to use chords
in alternative tunings.
EADGBE ... Standard tuning
EBEG#BE ... Open E
EAEAC#E ... Open A
EADF#BE ... Lute tuning
EADGCF ... Blues tuning
DADGAD ... Jimmy Page tuning.
DGCGCD ... Rain Song tuning.
DADF#AD ... Open D
DADGBE ... Drop D
DGDGBD ... Open G
DADACD ... Top Jimmy
CGCGAE ... C 6th
FADGBE ... Jewel ...low E raised to F.
GBbDGBbD... G minor tuning
If you are a right handed player leave the select on right. If you area
left handed player, change the select to left, this will reverse the way
the strings are strung on the guitar thereby reversing all tunings and
NUMBER OF CHORDS : 3,100,032
There are 12 different notes, 23 chords, 12 frets ...zero (open) through eleven (12th fret same as open unless using open strings..., including open strings would multiply grand total by two or = 6,200,064 ), 4 stretch's, 9 variations ...(average out of possible 24, some more, some less), 2 ways to string it (righty, lefty), 13 tunings. Multiply everything together and you get...
12 x 23 x 12 x 4 x 9 x 2 x 13 = 3,100,032
Playing Tip :
Make sure you never keep your right hand (the one you hold a pick with) balled up in a fist like shape when you're playing. Your hand should be in a shape like it is when you make the O.K. hand signal, with the thumb and first finger in a circular shape holding the pick, and fingers 2, 3 and 4 just about straight (especially when strumming). If you're picking individual notes you can also use your pinky as a support or stabilizer by resting/holding the tip of it against the guitar body. You will/can be much more articulate with your playing this way. The right hand in a fist is just bad.
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