This website uses cookies to give you the best possible experience. To accept cookies continue browsing, or view our Privacy & Cookies Policy.

25 Beginners Guitar Chords

Free PDF Downloads: 
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 25-beginners-guitar-chords.pdf455.24 KB

This is a free printable reference sheet for use with other exercises on this website, such as chord progression sheets with just the name of the chord on. It can be printed and put along side many other things too such as guitar tab sheet music from other websites.

These 25 beginners chords include some easy versions of chords such as G6, which can replace G, and Cmaj7, which can be used as an 'Easy C'. Fmaj7 is also a popular way of introducing the F chord. G5 is a great alternative to playing a Gm barre chord. Cadd9 and the second G chord on the sheet are often played in chord progressions together in songs, instead of doing a normal C and G.

You can also feel free to swap any alternatives using the list below, to try out different sounds, or to start off with a simpler chord. Here is the list of chords that can be substituted. For example, instead of playing an A chord, you can also play Asus2 and A7 instead and it would usually always fit in a song or chord progression:

  • A, Asus2, A7
  • Am, Asus2, Am7, Am7sus2
  • C, Cmaj7 (I call this 'easy C'), Cadd9
  • D, Dsus2, Dsus4, D7
  • Dm, Dsus2, Dsus4
  • E, E7
  • Em, Em7
  • F, Fmaj7 (I call this one 'Easy F', but many people call the full F an easy F, as an alternative to the barre chord version)
  • G, G6 ('Easy G')
  • G5 is used instead of Gm (a grade 3 barre chord).

The numbers inside the black circles are the finger numbers. These are for guides only and can sometimes change depending on what chord you are going from and to. For example, when repeating around an A7 to D7 chord progression, you would probably use your 2nd and 3rd fingers to make the A7 chord, as the change would then be quite easy.

The lines going down are the strings. I have labelled them with their string names, but you can also see them labelled as 6 5 4 3 2 1 on some of my other sheets.

The rows going across are the frets. Each chord diagram has 4 frets showing.

The tick line at the top of the chord diagram is the Nut, which is at the top of the fret board. If you ever see a diagram on another sheet without that thick line, and a number to the left of the first fret, that means that it's played further up the neck.

The letter or letter and number at the top of each diagram is that name of the chord. maj is short for Major and m is short for minor. G is written for G major, as is the same for all of the other lone letters like A and C.

The X's above the strings tell you not to play them.

The O's above the strings mean that you do strum these strings too.

The lighter finger 1 on the G5 chord means to touch the string but not apply pressure with the 1st finger. This eliminates the 1 note in the chord that would make it a major chord. Therefore a G5 will fit with either G or Gm chords. It's a handy cheat for playing along with a song that's meant to have a Gm barre chord in it.


Related:

16 Essential Guitar Chords for Beginners

10 Chord Progressions In The Key Of D Minor For Guitar And Ukulele - PDF

10 Beginners Chord Progressions For Guitar Or Ukulele

5 Chord Progressions In C - Grade 1-3 - 30.7.14

C Major Chord Progressions

100 beginners chord progressions for Guitar (Premium)

100 beginners chord progressions for Ukulele (Premium)

More free chord progressions sheets

Mailing List

* indicates required


back to top