Left Handed Guitar Chords Every Guitarist Must Know

Sick and tired of learning right handed guitar chords? This free lesson will show you the essential left handed guitar chords.

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In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • The no1 tip to learning left handed guitar chords in ALL keys.
  • 3 must-know lessons that will make your guitar chords sound amazing.
  • The secret to learning right handed guitar chords.

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If you’re a left handed guitarist, one of the hardest aspects of learning the guitar is learning how to play left handed guitar chords.

We’ve compromised a list of left handed guitar chords for ALL levels.

So if you’re stuck on how to play left handed guitar chords, don’t worry.

This lesson is going to solve ALL of your chord troubles.

Beginner Left Handed Guitar Chords

If you’re a beginner guitarist you must know how to play stepping stone chords.

Stepping stone chords are easier versions of more advanced chords.

Often, chords which use 3-4 fingers are too difficult for first guitarists.

Learning stepping stone chords makes playing chords easier.

To learn more about stepping stone chords go here: How To Play Guitar Chords: A Beginner’s Guide

Every beginner guitarist should know the following chords:

  • Am7.
  • C major 7.
  • Dsus2.
  • G6.
  • Asus2.
  • Bm11.
  • E7.
  • Em.
  • F major 7.

Here are the chord boxes for each of those left handed guitar chords:

Am7

The Am chord is a fantastic chord for beginner guitarists.

To bring a light atmospheric touch to your guitar playing use this chord.

 Am7

(If you don't understand the above image please read our article "How To Read Guitar Chordboxes In 60 Seconds". It will make everything clear!)

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Learn more about the A minor chord here: Am Guitar Chord For Beginners

C major 7

This chord is perfect if you want to add a smooth edge to your guitar playing.

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Learn more about the C chord here: Easy Ways To Play The C Guitar Chord

Dsus2

Dsus2 is a really versatile chord as you can use it in place of a D major chord or a D minor chord.

So if you’re struggling with D major or D minor, use a Dsus2.

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Learn more about this chord here : 3 Easy Ways to Play the D Chord on Guitar

G6

G6 has a huge, vibrant sound to it.

Use this chord instead of a G chord, it sounds huge!

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Learn more about the G chord here: 4 Easy Ways To Play The G Chord On Guitar

Asus2

The Asus2 guitar chord has a lovely open feel to it.

If you want to create heavenly sounds on your guitar, use this chord.

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Learn more about the A chord here: 3 Easy Ways To Play The A Chord On Guitar

Bm11

Although B minor 11 has a scary name, it’s one of the easiest stepping stone chords you can play.

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Learn more about the Bm chord here: Bm Guitar Chord For Beginners

E7

The E7 chord has a great bluesy feel to it.

If you want to sound like Muddy Waters or Clapton, use this chord!

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Learn more about the E chord here: 4 Easy Ways To Play The E Chord On Guitar

Em

The Em guitar chord is one of the saddest chords you can learn. Use it if you want to create tension and suspense.

Learn more about the Em chord here: Em Guitar Chord 4 Easy Ways To Play This Essential Chord

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Love playing left handed guitar? Looking for inspiration? Check out this cool article by Gibson which show you 10 epic left handed guitarists: 10 Great Left Handed Guitarists

F major 7

The F major 7 chord is perfect if you want to add some light and breezy tones to your guitar playing.

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Learn more about the F chord here: F Guitar Chord 3 Easy Alternatives

The Secret To Learning Right Handed Guitar Chords

If you find right handed guitar chords difficult to read, the easiest way to transfer these shapes is to flip the shapes around.

  • Try using a mirror to flip the chord shape around.

This turns the regular right handed chord box into a left handed one. This also works if you use the front camera on your phone or tablet.

Here are a few other quick and easy tips that will help you read right handed chord boxes.

  • Always look for the lowest string.
  • Figure out what fingers you need to use.
  • Find out what frets you need to place your fingers on.

For more guidance on how to read guitar chords, go here: How To Read Guitar Chords: An Essential Guide 

Intermediate Left Handed Guitar Chords

Once you’ve mastered the  stepping stone chords, you must learn basic open chords.

Here’s a list of intermediate guitar chords you must know:

  • C major.
  • A major.
  • G major.
  • E major.
  • D major.
  • A minor.
  • D minor.

Here’s the chord boxes for each of these left handed guitar chords.

C Major

C major is a fantastic chord to know and has been used in countless songs.

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A Major

The A major chord has a bright positive sound.

Use this chord if you want your music to sound vibrant!

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G Major

The G major chord is one of the best sounding chords you can play on guitar.

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E Major

E major is one of the first chords you should know as an intermediate guitarist.

E Chord

D Major

The D major chord has featured in hundreds of songs across the years, learn it here :

D

A Minor

Here’s the left handed guitar chord box for the A minor chord:

Am

D Minor

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This chord is tricky, so take your time with it.

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Advanced Left Handed Guitar Chords

If you want to become an epic guitarist, you must learn how to play barre chords.

Barre chords are a great way of unlocking the fret board. If you can play barre chords, you can play ANY song.

The two main barre chords are the:

  • F chord.
  • B chord.

Here are the chord boxes for each of these chords.

The F Chord

F

The B Chord

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To learn more about barring technique, watch this video:

Other types of barre chord?

As well as playing major chords, we can also play minor versions of each these chords.

Here’s the left handed guitar chords box for both of these chords:

The F Minor Chord

 Fm

The B Minor Chord

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How do I play these in all keys?

The great thing about barre chords is that they are moveable shapes.

This means that each of these chords can be moved around the fret board in ALL keys.

To do this, all we have to do is change the root note.

For example, the root note on the F chord is on the 1st fret of the low E string.

If we want to change the root note, we move this chord to a different fret.

To do this, we must know what the root notes are on the low E string, here they are:

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For example, if you wanted to play a G barre chord with the root on the low E string.

  • Move this shape to the 3rd fret.

This concept also applies to the B chord, however this time, our root note is on the A string.

Therefore, if we want to change the key of this chord we must move this shape to a different fret.

To identify what key we’re in, we must know what the notes on the A string are, here they are:

left handed guitar chords

So for example, if you wanted to play a D chord.

  • Move this chord shape to the 5th fret.

This concept also works for the minor barre chords. All you have to do is change the chord shape.

Want to learn EVERY chord? Go here: Guitar Chord Chart – Learn ALL Chords In ALL Keys

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