Beginner Guitar Chords | Open String Chord Chart

Most of the first guitar chords we learn incorporate notes from our open strings. These open string chords are some of the easier chords to play yet possess a beautiful, full-bodied sound that bring even advanced guitarists back to them time and again. The following chart should be review by beginning and intermediate guitarists. It includes the typical “cowboy chords” along with some less expected open-string seventh chords that I find commonly used.

Beginner Guitar Chord Chart - Open String Chords

Beginner Guitar Chord Chart - Open String Chords

The only chord in the chart that doesn’t fit the exact definition of an “open-string” chord is the F chord. It, in fact, is a bar chord (or barre chord, if you prefer) in that it does not use any open strings. Still, it is such a common companion to many of the chords listed, I included it here for easy reference.

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Note: A PDF document for the Open String Chord Chart in this lesson can be found here.

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41 Comments on “Beginner Guitar Chords | Open String Chord Chart”

  • Jomann wrote on 30 January, 2010, 13:59

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  • Ellie Hughes wrote on 27 July, 2013, 14:50

    Well, I’m not the guy who made this website, but I know how to answer one of your questions – where to place your fingers. You see, the numbered dots on the diagram are your fingers, so 1= index, 2=middle, 3= ring, 4= pinkie. Then, the lines going downward (horizontal) are the frets, the metal lines across the neck of the guitar. You need to place your fingers ON the lines, not in between. Its just easier to see the dots and the other lines with them off. Secondly, the strings are the vertical lines. You’ll place you’re fingers on the strings where it indicates (You’ll need an acoustic guitar for these, not bass) and strum away as happily as you like. I hope I answered your question! 🙂

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  • Lynne Cason wrote on 6 February, 2012, 11:23

    Great Site!
    Can the author please help me with a bit of confusion?
    I have pictures from the internet of the F#m chord and it looks exactly like the Dmaj7 chord you have on this chart. Why is that? The Fm is the same but on the first fret, so that makes sense that if moved up a fret it would become an F#m. But why is the Dmaj7 identical?
    There are other notes that do this. But I’m really puzzled about these two. Please email me either the answer or that you have answered it here. Otherwise i might not get a chance to see it.
    Thanks much!

  • Lynne Cason wrote on 6 February, 2012, 11:25

    PS apologies for duplicates on my previous question. My browser didn’t indicate it was sent so I kept clicking “send Comment”.expecting to see a notice that it was sent. Hopefully the host will delete all but one.

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  • Guitar Player wrote on 10 July, 2012, 12:25

    you can play million songs with triads. Seventh chords will sound more interesting, they are first steps into jazz. Songs in seventh chords are much interesting.

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  • Russell Thayer wrote on 12 July, 2012, 0:01

    Where, dare I ask, is the B Chord?! Slip your mind? Not only did you fail to add this chord, but you also omitted the letter from the alphabet when you skipped from A to C. Give yourself a raise!

  • Podder Robert wrote on 30 August, 2012, 5:42

    i request that you send these learner’s chord’s to my email. thanks very much

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  • Eric wrote on 26 September, 2012, 15:23

    I do like your site. I was wondering if you could review my guitar chords site and tell me what you think and if you would be interested in placing a link to it. Little known sites like mine could always use a “leg up” from sites like yours. It is
    Thanks for teaching people guitar,
    Eric Davis

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  • Johnny H wrote on 22 October, 2012, 3:54

    Never played guitar before, just picked up guitar and hit your site, after 20 minutes of tinkering I can play rhythm line of – The Ballad of Dwight Fry by Alice Cooper using E G D C chords. many thanks.
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  • theanswerer wrote on 25 June, 2013, 17:58

    2nd and 3rd chord from the top on the second fret. strum all strngs

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  • Guitarissts Johnson wrote on 11 April, 2013, 17:48

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  • Mike Post wrote on 10 July, 2013, 7:57

    Thanks for the diagram. Real helpful! The PDF is offline, however.

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  • abhishek wrote on 26 July, 2014, 6:47

    According to me this is one of the silly questions, this question is similar to ask that How many songs are there in earth ?
    My dear reader, since music has no end then similarly guitar chords has no end too, you can create your own chords also! according to your scales. So stop thinking more about guitar chords and start play your own created one!


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