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Chord Chart Tips

 

-Chords in Red are the most popularly used types, followed by Green, Blue, and Black chords.

 

-Dark Grey Dots are Roots, and Light Grey Dots are the 3rd and 5th scale-degrees of the triads.

 

-The non-grey dots are colored differently due to the fact that they’re not part of the 1-3-5 Triad.

 

-Remember the guitar fingering golden rule: Lowest fret and lowest string get the first finger, then the next lowest fret/lowest string gets the second finger and so on.

 

-For more than 4 fretted notes, you’ll need to make a barre chord, or grow another finger.

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