Howard's Big List of Guitar Chords
Find the guitar chord you need from over 42,000 guitar chord shapes
To find the guitar chord shape you want, click below on the root note of the chord.
|Choose the root note
of the chord:
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Note that all chords for chromatic notes are listed as sharps, e.g B♭ chords are listed as A♯ chords (these notes are basically the same, so an A♯7 chord shape is the same as a B♭7 chord shape)
See below for information about this list of guitar chords and the chord generator program that was used to generate the chords.
The guitar chords listed on these pages were generated automatically by a program I developed some years ago (and occasionally still work on). The idea is to generate all possible ways of playing a particular chord, and to list the chord shapes in a sensible way, e.g easiest and most useful chords first.
The total number of unique guitar chord shapes listed on these pages is a little over 42,000. This is a genuine number, not a made-up figure (as you sometimes see on other guitar chord dictionary sites). This number does not include chord shapes that are physically impossible to play. Some chords will be harder to play than others (the easiest ones are displayed first) but all those listed should be realistically playable shapes.
For each of the 12 root notes (A, A#, B etc) chord shapes for 75 chord types are listed. This list of chord types should cover all basic chords (major, minor, 7, m7, maj7, sus2, sus4, add2, add9, aug, dim, 6, m6 etc) as well as many chromatic or more unusual chords (6/9, m6/9, m/maj7, m/maj9, m11, maj13, 7#9, 7b9 etc). For each combination of root note and chord type a list of many different shapes is listed (usually at least 20 or 30) giving you a choice of different bar chord, moveable or open string chord shapes to try.
For each chord the different shapes are divided into three groups: barre chord shapes, other moveable shapes, and shapes using open strings. If you're looking at chord shapes for Am9 for example, then any of those listed in the "barre" or "other moveable shapes" groups can be moved up and down the neck and used as shapes for Bbm9, Bm9, Gm9 and so on. You can't move the open string chord shapes up and down the neck like this, but open string chords may be easier to finger or may give a nicer sound.
All chord shapes that are listed in the guitar chord charts on these pages should be playable, i.e they don't require you to have more than four fingers! Some other chord dictionary sites and chord generator programs do not take this into account as they may give chord shapes that simply cannot be fingered or that can only be played if you have 5 or more fingers. With the chord generator used to produce these chord charts I've done my best to make sure only playable chords are displayed.
The chord program used to generate these chord lists does not currently make use of the thumb for working out whether a chord is playable or not. This means that shapes such as 133210 for Fmaj7 will not be listed as they can only be played using four fingers and a thumb. At some point I hope to update the code and add the "thumb option".
Last updated February 2011
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