Guitar Chord Poster shows the fingering positions of every guitar
chord in standard tuning, including the inversions. Players at all levels,
from beginner to advanced, can take advantage of this chart’s unique
chart shows the fingering positions for all the simple, basic chords in
all major and minor keys. The poster also includes major scales for each
key (left and right margins).
Intermediate-level players—As you move from left to right across the
poster, chords become progressively more “advanced.” This makes it easy
for you to learn new, unusual chords and chord inversions at your own
pace, without losing track of your progress. Color bands make it easy to
identify each key, and to quickly transpose the chords of a song from any
key to any other key.
players—Even the most expert players usually don’t have all chords in
all keys memorized. The right side of the Complete Guitar Chord Poster
shows the fingering positions of extended jazz chords such as 11ths and
13ths, organized so that you can find any chord fingering position in any
key at a glance.
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"Yes, you heard
it herea chart of every chord on the guitar ... This clever poster is
beautiful ... It's useful in place of looking up a chord in a chord dictionary ... [It]
will nag you into learning and experimenting with chords."
Dan Crary, Frets Magazine ("Recommended Gifts for Guitar Players").
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"I used to use a
chord book but could never make much sense of how chords work. So this poster is a
godsend, it's magnificent. Thanks!" C. Matthewson, Ogdensburg, NY
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All chords and
chord progressions in the same key appear in the same horizontal colour
band on the Complete Guitar Chord Poster. For example, all chords
in the key of F are located in the orange band; all chords in the key of A-
flat are located in the green band.
Apart from the
utility of clear key-identification, the rainbow-like arrangement of the
colour bands makes for a pleasing visual effect.
Guitar Chord Poster shows several fingering positions for each of 36
chord types in each key. The chords are arranged in logical order across
the poster. The simplest chords are on the left side. The jazziest
(extended) chords are on the right side.
Here’s a list of
the 36 chord types:
7th, Suspended 2nd
7th, Suspended 4th
7th, Diminished 5th
Minor 7th, Diminished 5th
7th, Minor 9th
7th, Augmented 9th
7th, Minor 9th, Augmented 5th
9th, Diminished 5th
9th, Augmented 5th
13th, Minor 9th
13th,Minor 9th, Diminished 5th
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"When I first saw
this [Complete Guitar Chord] poster, I just burst out laughing. I couldn't believe what I
was looking at. All those chords, all together like that, and so ingeniously organized,
it's just stunning. I bought three of them ... for me and the others in the band. Somebody
came up with a truly brilliant idea here."Alexis Hill, London, England
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On the left side
of the Complete Guitar Chord Poster is a special section called
Principal Chords/Relative Minor. This section shows you the 6
fundamental chord types (each with 4 different fingering positions) that
make up the basic major and minor chord progressions in each key.
For example, in
the key of C, these 6 chords are:
(Major Tonic, or
(Major Subdominant, or IV-chord)
(Dominant Seventh, or V7-chord)
(Minor Tonic, or VIm-chord)
(Minor Subdominant, or IIm-chord)
(Dominant Seventh, or III7-chord)
This section is
especially useful when writing songs and working out chord progressions.
Also, you can use it to transpose the chords of a song from one key to
another key at a glance (see below).
These are the
chords that make up the harmonic scales on the Chord Progression Chart.
information on chord progressions and how they work, consult How Music
REALLY Works!, 2nd Edition, available at:
"The best part of
the guitar chord chart is the chord progressions ... it really helps with my
songwriting." Bill Stern, Killeen, TX
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chords of a given song are in the key of D. The chords might be, for
D, Bm, F#7,
Dm7, and A7
How can you
quickly find the equivalent chords in a different key, for example, the
key of G? And how do you finger the chords in the new key?
Here's how, using
the Complete Guitar Chord Poster. The red horizontal bar contains
all the chords for the key of D. The grey horizontal bar contains all the
chords for the key of G. So, wherever any chord appears in the red bar,
just play whichever chord appears in the same column in the grey
original chord sequence in the key of D, followed by transposed chords in
the key of G:
Original Key (Key of D, red bar):
D, Bm, F#7,
Transposed Key (Key of G, grey bar):
G, Em, B7, Gm7,
Guitar Chord Poster shows both the fingering diagrams and the musical
notes that make up each chord and each inversion. So, whether you read
music or not, you can learn to play any chord.
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"These charts are
fantastic. I don't read music, so I use the [Complete Guitar Chord] poster like it's my
guitar 'Bible' "
C. L. Hunt, Paterson, NJ
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The left and
right margins of the chart incorporate fingerboard diagrams of all 12
major diatonic scales. Each scale diagram shows the name of each note
within the scale.
Complete Guitar Chord Poster is not nearly as useful for scales as the
Guitar & Keyboard Scales Poster.
A typical chord
book or computer program will show 20 to 30 fingering positions for a
single type of chord, such as C Major. But only four are unique
fingering positions. All the other fingering positions are simply
partials of the four unique fingering positions—in other words,
That’s how chord
books and computer programs justify their boasts of “10,000 guitar
chords.” The great majority of those “chords”—80 to 90 percent—are simply
partials (chord spam) of the same few unique fingering positions. Chord
spam is confusing when you're trying to learn chords and understand how
Guitar Chord Poster displays only the unique chords and chord
inversions. No chord spam.
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guitar for 10 years and didn't realize how the chords I was playing relate to each other.
Well, this [Complete Guitar Chord] poster makes the whole thing clear as a bell."
P. H. Schroeder, Stockton, CA
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Although you play
guitar, you may be interested in learning keyboard chords and scales. The
Complete Keyboard Chord Poster
is the twin of the Complete Guitar Chord Poster.
The two charts
match each other in content, size, colour, and layout. The same
information is located in the same places on each chart. So, if you play
one instrument, you can learn to play the same chords on the other, using
the twin chart for the other instrument.