How can I learn guitar chords?

How is fretting different from playing guitar?

There are four basic methods to fret a guitar chord:

Matching Strings on the fretboard

Matching Fretboard Chords

The Rootless Intervals

Matching Strings on the fretboard

First you will find it handy to match the strings to the fretboard. It’s easier than it sounds! First you look on the fretboard, to see what note is used. For instance, if you see the F sharp 13 (th) the root number 14 is the fret 12 string. You can use these strings to play the first two-thirds of the chord, or just to learn the root.

Next, you will make sure the notes of the interval match up the fretboard. If we see the E sharp 13 and E flat 13 (th) we can play E sharp 13 on the fret 13 string then E flat 13 again which matches E sharp 13 on the F sharp 13 string.

After practicing a few songs, we might be able to find a combination that we like. If not, practice and find a combination.

Matching FretBoard Chords

We are used to finding the fingering of a particular chord over other strings of the chord. There are two ways to identify this:


Matching Strings on the fretboard

Using the same strings

Matching the strumming position and tension

Matching the strumming position of the chord. For example, if you strum the E sharp 13 on the E string first on the E string then play E flat 13 on a F sharp 13 fret on the F string. You can also use the same strumming position as the chord. For instance we might play E sharp 13 on a E string and E flat 13 on a G string. That would be the same chord as the E sharp 13. A common mistake is playing the same strumming position over the D and G strings, which matches the E sharp 13 on the E string then C sharp 13 on the G string.

The third way to find a chord is to use the same fretboard position as it is written in the chord. For instance we might play the same chords above as the above chords are written in A minor (A) but then play the same chords above again.

Rootless Intervals

Rootless Intervals

Rootless Intervals is a technique for matching chords with the