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Chords for Common Major Keys

Chords for Common


Major Keys

by
Jean Welles

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Chords for Common Major Keys

Table of Contents
Table of Contents.......................................................................................... 2
How to read chord charts ............................................................................ 3
Key of A ......................................................................................................... 4
Key of D ......................................................................................................... 5
Key of G ......................................................................................................... 6
Key of C ......................................................................................................... 7
Key of E ......................................................................................................... 8

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How To Read Chord Charts


As seen in the diagram below, the top line of a chord chart represents the Nut
of the guitar. The other lines across the page are the frets. A chord chart typi-
cally shows four frets. The lines running up and down represent the strings.
The line on the far left is the 6th string, or the one closest to the ceiling, and
the line to the far right is the first string, or the one closest to the floor. It’s
called the ‘top’ string because the pitch is higher.

Nut

1st Fret

2nd Fret

6th String 1st String

6th String 1st String

Since the chord chart only shows four frets, when you need to hold the strings
on higher frets, a little number will be beside the chord charts showing what
fret to start on. You can see an example on page 4. The chord C#m is a bar
chord at the 4th fret. Hence, there is a little ‘4th fret’ next to the second line.
Watch for the fret numbers.

There are two other symbols to note. When there is an ‘X’ above the Nut on
any string, don’t play that string. It doesn’t fit in the chord. In some chord
charts you may also see ‘O’. That means to play that string open. I’ve left
them out in this eBook, but that’s what it means and it’s often used in charts.

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Key of A
I IIm IIIm IV

A Bm C#m X
D
4th
fret

V7 VIm VIIdim7

E7 F#m G#dim
XX

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Key of D
I IIm IIIm IV

X D Em F#m G

V7 VIm VIIdim7

A7 Bm C#dim
XX

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Key of G
I IIm IIIm IV

G Am Bm C

V7 VIm VIIdim7

X
D7 Em F#dim7
XX

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Key of C
I IIm IIIm IV

C X Dm Em F

V7 VIm VIIdim7

G7 Am Bdim7
XX

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Key of E
I IIm IIIm IV

E F#m G#m A
4th
fret

V7 VIm VIIdim7

X
B7 C#m D#dim7
XX

4th
fret

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