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Learn Guitar: How to Read Chord Diagrams

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: http://bit.ly/MMASurgeEp1 A trick to learning chord charts is to stand your guitar so that the headstock is pointing directly up. Then look at four frets. That's your basic chord chart.? The six vertical lines represent six strings, although the names of the strings rarely ever appear on the actual chord chart itself. The five horizontal lines represent the metal frets, but again, these numbers usually don't appear on the chord chart.? The black dots represent where you put your fingers. In the example on the left, you would put a finger on the 3rd fret of the 5th string and on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string. If you see an "0" above one of the vertical lines, it means that the open string is played. No finger should be placed on that string. If you see an "X" above one of the vertical lines, it means that particular string shouldn't be played at all.?If you see a number next to the top horizontal line, it means that you should start forming the chord based on that numbered fret. In the example on the left, you would start on the 7th fret (imagine the 7th fret as the nut of the guitar), putting a finger on the 8th fret of the 4th string and another finger on the 10th fret of the 3rd string. Read more by visiting our page at: http://www.mahalo.com/courses/learn-guitar/starting-to-play/chord-diagrams//
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