Don't Fret Beginner Guitar Chord Generator

This easy to use online guitar chord generator features sixty three of the most commonly used beginner guitar chords. The guitar chord chart images show major guitar chords, minor guitar chords and seventh guitar chords in all seven musical keys on an actual guitar neck. The addition of the Don’t Fret Note Map™ in the images gives you the chord structure by showing color coded note groupings for each guitar chord.

A Chords for Guitar B Chords for Guitar C Chords for Guitar D Chords for Guitar E Chords for Guitar F Chords for Guitar G Chords for Guitar

Click a thumbnail for any key. Clicking the larger image takes you to the chord library for that key. Arrows on the sides of the
larger image scrolls the current library. Clicking the thumbnail in a chord library takes you to that guitar chord diagram. The arrows on the sides of the thumbs take you to the beginning or end of a library.

About guitar chords.

A primary goal of the beginning guitarist should be to develop a library of chords that will allow them to play a wide variety of songs. Because it can take time to build "finger memory", learning chords is best accomplished through practice, practice, practice. Start with one or two chords, commit them to memory before moving on, revisit the "old" chords while learning new ones and don't expect too much too soon. It takes diligence to work through the difficult moments and achieve success. Remember, all of the greats from James Marshall Hendrix to John Mayer had to endure learning how to play chords.
You can "play along" with any song using just three chords; it's called the three chord theory. A surprisingly large number of Country, Rock and Blues songs can be played using only three chords. It is safe to say that if you master all 63 chords in this chord generator, you will be able to play an amazing library of songs.

About the diagrams

The images used in this guitar chord generator are easy to use and understand. A Don't Fret Note Map™ on your guitar fretboard clearly shows you the location of the notes that are used in each chord. The color coding of the notes provides a no-miss 'road map' of exactly where to put your fingers on the guitar fretboard.

When you are holding your guitar in the normal, sitting playing position, and you want to look at the fretboard, you would rotate the bottom of the guitar body towards your knees to be able to see the fretboard and all the strings. The sixth (thickest) string would be closest to your stomach and the first (thinnest) string would be closer to your knees. This is the same orientation the chord images show.

The white numbers inside the black dots on the chord diagrams represent the fingers on your left hand. 1 is your index finger, 2 is the middle finger, 3 is the ring finger and 4 is the little finger.

image showing the palm side of a left hand with the fingers numbered from one to four from the index finger to the little finger respectively

Each chord image refers to the fret/position where the chord is played. A white line drawn between two dots that contain the same number indicates a barre chord. Barre chords require one finger to "fret" two or more strings. A white dot with no number is an optional note. Make sure to try the optional notes in order to hear how they change the sound of the chord. A string that has a white X on it is not included in the chord and should not be plucked or strummed.
In the example below you would barre the fifth fret with your first finger, place your second finger on the third string at the sixth fret, place your third finger on the fifth string at the seventh fret and finally place your fourth finger on the fourth string at the seventh fret. Give it a strum.

image showing an a major guitar chord in the fifth position

The guitar chord diagram (such as the diagram for A Major, shown above) shows several important pieces of information for each chord:

the musical score for the individual chord is in the top-left corner,
the chord name and the position/fret the chord is played on, and
the notes that make up the root, major third and the perfect fifth of each scale/key the chord from which the chord is constructed.
The frets are numbered along the bottom edge of the guitar neck.

You will never regret the time spent learning about chord theory and how music works. Learning to read and play music can be an enjoyable lifelong skill.