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Want to have a guitar practice session of every chord you can imagine? We have provided you with a very extensive list of Ultimate Guitar Chords on this page. It is doubtful whether you will need to do an exhaustive search for additional chords as these will satisfy 99.9% of your needs.

Come back to this page often, for we will be adding many different chord charts here all of the time. And, of course, they are all free for you to use.

Since guitar chord are available in such a wide variety of formats and arrangements. We thought it would be wise to sift through all of the information and present the chords to you in a filtered, straight-forward, easy-to-understand format.

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Just What is a Chord?

What defines a chord? Sometimes the definition gets lost in the mix of things. Just keep in mind that technically anything with three or more notes is considered a chord.

If there are two notes on a stem it is referred to the by the interval name. I.E. Thirds, Fifth, Sixths etc.

How To Play Chords:

This may seem like a elementary question to those of us who have have a guitar strapped around our neck for decades or setting in our laps night after night for years and years, but for the beginner, it is a real and valid question.

Chords most often are played with one firm short stroke of the right hand.

Sometimes you will play 3 note chords, sometimes you will play 4 note chords and then there are the 5 and 6 note chords.

Occasionally you will play 3 or 4 notes on the center strings without playing the 1st, 2nd or 6th strings, or any combination. This takes a great deal of control with your pick hand. With practice you will master it.

The Basic Strum:

The basic strum can be very basic, just one stroke of the pick in a downward direction.

It is how it is embellished that can turn the basic strum into a thing of beauty. Here are some examples.

The Arpeggio: This is just a fancy term meaning to play the notes one at a time or a strum over the strings with a slower speed. This can vary greatly, depending on the effect you are after.

The Up Stroke: The down stroke can be accompanied by a subsequent up-stroke of the pick, or more like a "flick" of the pick upward,catching one, two or three notes on the upswing of the pick.

Crosspicking: This is a very difficult maneuver that takes a tremendous amount of control with the right hand. If you wish to learn how to do this I suggest to read the article How to Crosspick.

Ultimate Guitar Chords: The Basic Pick and Strum:

This is one of the basic methods of playing chords. You use a rather loose wrist to play and you play the root note of the chord on a bass note and strum the rest of the strings.

To bring some color into the mix you will play an alternate bass note an again pick the remainder of the strings. This is referred to as playing Alternating Bass Chords.

How To Read Chord Diagrams:

You will find that chord diagrams vary quite a bit in how they are graphically represented. They are interpretative and some arrangers prefer to have more information shown in a chord diagram than others. I fall into the category of showing as much information as possible within each diagram.

Lets take a look at a typical chord diagram you will see in this section of Ultimate Guitar Chords:

Chord Diagram

In the Diagram above, which will be a standard chord diagram you will see here. we have the following:

The Letter at the top left of the Diagram is the Name of the Chord. In this case it is an F Major chord.

If you see an arced line, like in the above example that spans the same finger number (in this case the index finger), it means it is a bar chord and your finger should span all the way from the first string to and including the 6th string.

The Heavy Horizontal line, if there is one, represents the guitar nut.

The Solid Black Dots with the numbers inside the dots, represent the finger location and the Left Hand Finger that is being used:

1 = Index Finger

2 = Middle Finger

3 = Ring Finger

4 = Pinky Finger

The Roman Numerals indicate the fret numbers to give you a reference point on the fingerboard.

The Horizontal Lines represent the frets on the fingerboard.

The Vertical Lines represent the 6 strings of the guitar.

The Letters you see below each string at the very bottom of the diagram indicated the not that is being played as fingered in the diagram.

If you see a "0" or a zero above a string it means this string is to be played without a finger or open.

If you see an "X" above a string, it means that string is not to be played as part of this chord.

Ultimate Guitar Chords: The Chords You Can Download:

This will be a section that changes very dynamically as time goes on. You will be able to download such things as:

    Chords Grouped by Root Note:
    Chords Grouped by Chord Families
    Related Chords not in the same families
    and more...