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Chords can be represented by either tab or chord windows. If there is no particular picking style for the chord it is usually represented via chord windows, as they are easier to read. There are different ways of writing chord windows, for example:

[Image - horizontal chord window] and [Image - vertical chord window]

But the second way is the most common and the one that I will explain (although you should be able to figure out how to use the other method once you understand this one). Reading chord windows is really quite easy when you know how: Each vertical (up/down) line represents a string. Reading from left to right we have the fat E string to the thin E string. Each horizontal (left/right) line represents a fret, and the first (and thickest) is the nut, i.e. an open, unfretted string. Now if we wanted to play a G chord (as in the tablature example) it would be written as such:

G Major: [IMG]

So looking at this chord you can see that to fret a note a [IMG] symbol is placed on certain strings and frets. So the first fretted note is on the fat E string, and on the third fret. The next note is on the A string and the second fret. Now the next string has no fretted symbol on its fret, but there is another symbol - [IMG] - which means that the string is played open, i.e. do not fret any note, simply play the string as it is. The next two strings are also open notes, and the final note is on the thin E string on the third fret. Once you have this chord held down, strum it to see if it sounds alright. If not, you better try again!

Sometimes the open symbols will be omitted in chord windows and will look like this:

G Major: [IMG]

If the open symbol appears on a fret, it means that the note is optional, you only have to play if you like the sound, for example:

C Major: [IMG]

So the first note in this chord is optional, if you don't want to play it, just ignore that string.

Now what if you don't want to play a fretted note, but you don't want the string open either? Hadn't thought of that had you? Oh, you had? Sorry then. Anyway if you don't want an open string to sound you use the symbol [IMG]. Also there is a thing known as a barré (pronounced bar-a, or more commonly just bar), which is when you put your finger over more than one string at the same time. For example put your first finger over all of the strings on the first fret - that's a barré. This is written with a line over the frets and strings needed like [IMG]. So here is an example of those two symbols:

B Major: [IMG]

So, the A string to the thin E string is Barréd on the second fret. Then the fourth fret is held down on the D, G and B strings. And finally the [IMG] on the fat E string indicates that you don't play it.

The only other thing to know about chord windows is that the first fret shown can be made higher by placing the fret number by the side, e.g.

A Major: [IMG]

So this is a Barré at the fifth fret, then A and D strings on the seventh fret and the G string on the sixth fret.

And that's about all there is to chord windows, Not too hard, I hope!.

Chord Listings
Major Chords:
A Major [IMG]
A#/Bb major [IMG]
B major [IMG]
C major [IMG]
C#/Db major [IMG]
D major [IMG]
D#/Eb major [IMG]
E major [IMG]
F major [IMG]
F#/Gb major [IMG]
G major [IMG]
G#/Ab major [IMG]
Minor chords:
A minor [IMG]
A#/Bb minor [IMG]
B minor [IMG]
C minor [IMG]
C#/Db minor [IMG]
D minor [IMG]
D#/Eb minor [IMG]
E minor [IMG]
F minor [IMG]
F#/Gb minor [IMG]
G minor [IMG]
G#/Ab minor [IMG]

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