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What a List of Guitar Chords!

It’s hard to believe a list of guitar chords can be this big from one major scale. There are eleven more major scales to explore. This is a list every guitar player should check out.

Not all chords come from the major scale. The minor scales contribute too. You don’t have to remember where they all come from this is just a way of organizing them.

The guitar is a very versatile instrument when it comes to chords. We can create chords like no other instrument can without getting into electronics.

You can tune the guitar in a lot of different tunings and come up with some great sounding chords.

I Major Chords

C Major – C E G

CMa7 – C E G B

C sus2 – C D G

Cma7/6 – C E G A B

C sus2/6 – C D G A

C add9 – C E G D

C sus4 – C F G

C6/9 – C E G A D

C sus4/6 – C F G A

Cma9 – C E G B D

C sus4/9 – C F G D

Cma13 – C E G B D A

There isn’t anyway to play these chords on guitar using all of the notes. This is just how the chord structure is layed out.

Many of these notes are the same, the 6th note is the same as the 13th. It’s just that it’s supposed to have all these other notes before it.

We use shorter versions with the 3rd, 7th and essential notes.

ii Minor Chords

D sus2 – D E A

Dm7 – D F A C – Also called F6

D sus2/6 – D E A B

Dm7/11 – D F A C G

D sus4 – D G A

Dm7 sus2 D E A C

D sus4/6 – D G A B

Dm7 sus4 – D G A C

D sus4/9 – D G A E

Dm add9 – D F A E

Dm – D F A

Dm9 – D F A C E

Dm6 – D F A B

Dm11 – D F A C E G

Dm6/9 – D F A B E

Dm13 – D F A C E G B

iii Minor Chord

This is a short list. This chord doesn’t get the use that the ii or vi minor chords get because of a minor 9th interval, a not so good sounding interval.

Em – E G B

Em7 sus4 – E A B D

E sus4 – E A B

Em7b9 – E G B D F

Em7 – E G B D

Em7/11 – E G B D A

IV Major Chords

This chord has the least number of chord types out of the 3 major chords.

F Major – F A C

F6/9 – F A C D G

F add9 – F A C G

Fma7 – F A C E

F sus2 – F G C

Fma7/6 – F A C D E

F sus2/6 – F G C D

Fma9 – F A C E G

F6 – F A C D

Fma13 – F A C E G D

V Major Chords

This is the granddaddy list of guitar chords. It’s the main guitar chord for blues. This is where the dominant 7th chord comes from.

G Major – G B D

G7 sus2 – G A D F

G sus2 – G A D

G7 sus4 – G C D F

G sus2/6 – G A D E

G7 sus4/6 – G C D E F

G sus4 – G C D

G7/6 – G B D E F

G sus4/6 – G C D E

G7/11 – G B D F C

G sus4/9 – G C D A

G7/6/11 – G B D E F C

G6 – G B D E

G9 – G B D F A

G add9 – G B D A

G11 – G B D F A C

G6/9 – G B D E A

G11/13 – G B D F A C E

G7 – G B D F

G13 – G B D F A E

We’re not done with this list of guitar chords we still have some minor keys to explore.

vi Minor Chords

This list has a little more than the iii minor chord but it’s not too long

Am – A C E

A7 sus2 – A B E G

A sus2 – A B E

A7 sus4 – A D E G

A sus4 – A D E

Am7/11 – A C E G D

A sus4/9 – A D E B

Am9 – A C E G B

Am7 – A C E G

Am11 – A C E G B D

vii Chords

This gets a short list of guitar chords.

B° – B D F

Bm7b5 – B D F A

If you look at these chords you will see that they are combinations of triads added together. C major 7th is a C and an Em combined. They both share an E and a G. This list of guitar chords isn’t as confusing as you may think. You just have to understand it’s simple structure.

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