Guitar Chords Index (for all levels)

Guitar chords for every ability. Welcome to our famous guitar chords index!

In this guitar chords index you will find:

  • Chords for kids | 3-String Chords
  • Beginner & Intermediate | Stepping-Stone Chords and Open Chords
  • Intermediate | Power Chords
  • Intermediate | Barre Chords
  • Intermediate | Semi-Barre Chords
  • Intermediate & Advanced | CAGED Guitar Chords
  • All levels | Major 7th, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th Chords

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Guitar chords for kids | 3-String Guitar Chords

3 string guitar chords are the easiest chords you can play on guitar. These chords are perfect for kids or for adults who have conditions which affect the dexterity of their fingers.

These chords are easy to play and usually require only 1-2 fingers.

Quick Tip: Take any standard chord and play strings 1-3 to create the 3-string version. This works for every chord!

Here’s a few classic examples of some 3-string guitar chords:

Em

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G Major

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C Major

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To learn how to read guitar chords, go here: How To Read Guitar Chords: An Essential Guide

D Major

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E Major

E Major

 

To learn more about these chords, go here: Guitar Lessons For Kids

Stepping-Stone Chords And Open Chords

Stepping-stone chords are easier versions of more advanced guitar chords.

If you’re a beginner guitarist you must start with stepping-stone chords as this helps you develop your technique and dexterity. Then, once you’re ready, you can have a go at harder chords.

You must know how to play every major and minor chord. We’re going to show you every stepping-stone chord and open chord. Let’s get stuck in.

Quick Tip!

Every time you see a chord without the word ‘minor’ after it, this is a major chord.

Like this:

  • ‘A’ = A major chord
  • ‘A Minor’ = A minor chord

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A Chord

Here’s a standard open A major chord.

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Stepping Stone A

Here’s a stepping-stone version of this A chord. In the guitar world, we refer to this chord as Asus2. If you find the normal A chord too difficult, play this one.

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To learn more voicings of the A chord, go here:3 Easy Ways To Play The A Chord On Guitar

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A Minor Chord

Here’s a regular A minor chord.

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Stepping Stone A Minor Chord

Here’s a stepping stone version of the A minor chord. This is an Am7. Use this chord if you find the regular A minor too difficult.

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Learn more voicings of this chord here: Am Guitar Chord For Beginners

Bb Major Chord

Here’s a regular Bb chord:

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Stepping Stone Bb Chord

Here’s a stepping-stone version of the Bb chord:

Bb Chord

Bb Minor Chord

Here’s a regular Bb minor chord:

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Bb Minor (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s an easier version of the Bb minor chord:

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B Chord

Here’s a regular B chord:

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Stepping Stone B Chord

Here’s the stepping-stone version of this chord:

B Chord

Learn more voicings of this chord here: B Guitar Chord – Tips For This Tough Chord

B Minor Chord

Here’s a regular B minor chord:

Bm guitar chord

B Minor (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s a regular B minor chord. This chord is also known as Bm11.

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To learn more voicings of this chord, go here: Bm Guitar Chord For Beginners

How Do I Play Guitar Chords?

Here are 3 quick & easy tips which will help you play barre guitar chords.

  • Use the tips of your fingers. (Try and fret the note as close to your fingernail as possible.)
  • Place your thumb behind the neck. It should be straight with your thumb nail pointing up to the ceiling.
  • Your fingers should be as straight as possible when you fret chords.

To learn more about how to play guitar chords, go here: How To Play Guitar Chords: A Beginner’ Guide

C Chord

Here’s a regular C chord:

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Stepping Stone C Chord

Here’s an easier version of this chord. This is a C major 7 chord.

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To learn more voicings of the C chord, go here: Easy Ways To Play The C Guitar Chord

C Minor Chord

Here’s a regular version of the C minor chord. This chord can be tricky, so take your time with it.

C minor chord

C Minor (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s an easier version of this chord. It’s perfect for beginners because:

  • It only uses 3 fingers.
  • It enhances your dexterity and technique.

Cm guitar chord

Learn more C minor voicings here: 4 Easy Ways To Play The C Minor Guitar Chord

Db Major

Here’s the standard version of Db major:

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Db Major (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s an easier verison of the Db major guitar chord:

This chord is EXACTLY the same as D chord, except it is moved to the 1st fret.

D Major Chord

Here’s the standard version of the D guitar chord:

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D Major Chord (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s an easier version of the D chord. Notice how it’s the same as the D chord, however it uses less fingers.

Dsus2

Learn more voicings of this chord here: 3 Easy Ways To Play The D Chord On Guitar

Bonus Tip!

If you’re struggling to remember guitar chords, try this cool guitar hack.

  • Every time you learn a new guitar chord, squeeze your fretting hand. 

This engages your muscle memory, and helps you to remember the chord.

However, it’s important that you play the chord correctly. If you don’t, you will be teaching yourself to remember the wrong chord!

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D Minor (Open Chord)

Here’s a D minor in the open position:

D Minor (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s an easier voicing of the D minor chord. You can use this chord instead of a D minor chord.

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Learn more voicings of this chord here: 3 Easy Ways To Play The Dm Guitar Chord

Eb Major Chord

Here’s the Eb Major Chord:

This chord is the exact same shape as a D chord, except it has been moved up one fret.

Eb Major (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s an easier version of the Eb major chord.

Eb chord

Learn to play the Eb guitar chord here: E Flat Guitar Chord For Beginners

Eb Minor Chord

Here’s an Eb minor chord. This chord can be tricky for beginners, so take your time when learning to play this chord:

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Eb Minor (Stepping-Stone Version)

If you find the above chord too difficult, play this voicing:

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To learn more voicings of this chord, go here: E Flat Minor Chord For Beginners

E Major Chord

The E chord is one of the most popular beginner guitar chords.

Here it is:

E Major Chord (Stepping-Stone Version)

If you find the chord above too difficult, try this chord. In the guitar world, we refer to this an ‘E7’ chord. You can use it instead of an ‘E chord’.

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To learn more voicings of this chord, go here: 4 Easy Ways To Play The E Chord On Guitar

E Minor Chord

Here’s a standard E minor chord:

Em

E Minor (Stepping-Stone Version)

If you find the standard Em chord too difficult, try learning this voicing:

It’s fantastic for beginners as it only uses 1 finger.

To learn more voicings of the E minor chord, go here: Em Guitar Chord-4 Easy Ways To Play This Essential Chord

F Chord

The F chord is one of the hardest you can play on the guitar. Here it is:

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This is tricky as it uses a barre over the 1st fret. To learn how to barre chords, go here: 3 Tips For Clean & Easy Barre Chords

F Chord (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s an easier version of this chord. This is known as an ‘F major 7’ chord.

F chord

To learn more about the F chord, go here: F Guitar Chord – 3 Easy Alternatives

F Minor Chord

Here’s a regular F minor chord:

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This is harder than the previous open chords as you have to barre across the top 3 strings.

F Minor Chord (Stepping-Stone Version)

If you find the above voicing too hard, learn this one:

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To learn more voicings of this chord, go here: Fm Chord – Easy Shapes For Beginner Guitarists

Pro Guitar Tip!

Once you think you’ve mastered a guitar chord:

Try and play it without looking at the fret board.

This is a real challenge and tests how well you know guitar chords.

Here are few tips which will help you master this cool guitar hack:

  • Try and visualise what the chord looks like in your head. Think about where you are placing your fingers.
  • When practicing guitar chords, try to remember what the chord feels and sounds like.
  • Squeeze your hand every time you get a chord right!

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F# Major

Here’s a standard F# major chord:

F# Major

F# Major (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s an easier voicing of this chord:

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To learn an easier voicing of this chord, go here: F# Chord For Beginners

F# Minor

Here’s an F# minor in the open position:

F sharp minor guitar chord

F# Minor (Stepping-Stone Version)

If you find the open version of this chord too difficult, learn this chord:

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Learn more voicings of this chord here: F# Minor Chord For Beginners

G Chord

The G chord is a must-know for all beginners. Here’s the open voicing of this chord:

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G Chord (Stepping-Stone Version)

Some beginners find this chord too hard. If you do, learn this voicing instead. This is a ‘G6’ chord.

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G Minor Chord

Here’s a standard G minor chord:

G Minor Chord

G Minor Chord (Stepping-Stone Version)

If you find the standard G minor chord too difficult, learn this voicing:

Gm

Learn more voicings of this chord here: G Minor Guitar Chord For Beginners

Ab Chord

Here’s the a standard Ab guitar chord:

a flat guitar chord

Ab Chord (Stepping-Stone Version)

Here’s a simplified version of this chord:

a flat guitar chord

If you know how to play an A chord, just move it to the 1st fret.

Learn more voicings of the Ab guitar chord here: Ab Guitar Chord

Ab Minor Chord

Here’s the chord box for the Ab minor chord:

Abm Chord

Ab Minor Chord (Stepping-Stone Version)

If you find the standard version of this chord too hard, learn this one:

A flat minor chord

To learn more voicings of this chord go here: Abm Guitar Chord For Beginners

Bonus Guitar Tip!

If you’re trying to learn a song and a chord looks too hard. Don’t be afraid to play an easier version of that chord. It will still sound good! For example, if the chord was ‘Bm11’ you don’t HAVE to play that chord. You could play a regular Bm chord. This works for ALL guitar chords.

Why are guitar chords important to know?

Guitar chords form the foundation of all music. If you don’t know guitar chords, you will never become the guitarist you want to be.

You must know guitar chords if you want to learn songs.

To learn easy songs go here: 10 Easy Songs On Guitar

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