Dansm's Beginner's Guide to Chords

Barre Chord Notation

The six vertical lines in my notation refers to the six strings on your guitar, low strings appearing on the left. Basically this is how your strings would appear if you held your guitar neck vertically and looked at it. The numbers refer to the fret on each string that you press to make the chord. The numbers have nothing to do with which fingers you use to play each string. So an F# chord is notated and played as follows:

The next part of notation deals with the fingers used for each string. As an example, I will use the same F# chord shown above. Each 1, 2, 3, and 4 indicates which finger you use to fret that note.

The fingers represented by the symbols on the diagram are:

If you have any more questions regarding chord notation, please e-mail me.
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