Guitar chords are an integral part of playing guitar. You'll find a bunch of useful information on chords, including how to learn chords as a beginner guitarist, chord theory, chord progressions, charts and fingerings, and much more.

You'll see it's pretty easy once you know the basics, so dive right in.

Learning to read chord charts is one of the first things you'll need to do as a beginner guitarist. You'll be using them for the rest of your guitar-playing life actually.

Chord diagrams can be a bit weird to the untrained eye, so let’s learn how to read chord diagrams.

How to read chord charts >>

Learning guitar chords (sometimes misspelled as guitar cord) is one of the first steps a beginner guitarist will take in learning to play the guitar.

Learning chords will already enable you to play real music and songs, which is really the reason you picked up the guitar in the first place.

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Through learning guitar chords theory, you will be able to understand how chords on the guitar are constructed. You'll learn to create chords all over the fretboard, once you know how to construct chords as well.

As a beginner guitarist, this is not that relevant, but as you advance in your guitar studies, you will want to do more than just play chords, you’ll want to understand why your favorite songs sound the way they do.

Chord theory and construction >>

A power chord is not a real chord, it's actually a diad, which is 2 notes played together. Guitar power chords are very versatile, since the shape can be moved all over the fretboard.

Power chords are mostly played on electric guitars under distortion. Mostly rock and heavy metal guitar players use power chords, since it gives a low, aggressive sound under distortion, and give a feeling of raw power.

Power chords >>

Barre chords (often written as bar chords) are very versatile guitar chords, which are movable to any fret on the fretboard in a given shape.

Barre (bar) actually refers to the positioning of the index finger of your fretting hand, which must be laid across and holding down several strings at once.

Barre chords >>

Chord progressions are a series of guitar chords played in a set sequence on a scale, usually consisting of 2,3 or 4 chords. Read on to learn some popular chord progressions, which you will learn to play in any key you want.

To fully understand how you can build chord progressions, you first need to be familiar with guitar scales and chord theory.

Guitar chord progressions >>

As a guitarist, it's important to know what chords are in which key. Find the chords, theory, and detailed explanation of why each chord is in a given key:

Chords in the key of C major >>

Chords in the key of A major >>

Chords in the key of G major >>

Chords in the key of E major >>

Chords in the key of D major >>