6 Strings employs a unique horizontal grid layout to display our guitar chord charts. This is a system proven to speed up the learning process, as it is far easier to absorb guitar chords in this format rather than in the vertical format usually employed in guitar books. Don't just take our word for it though. Try out our free guitar chords on our site using the links below. The circles shown on our guitar chord charts each correspond to a finger on the left hand.
An 'X' to the left of a string shows that the string should not be played or strummed, or should be deadened by another finger. For example, to play this chord of C Major, put fingers one two and three in the positions indicated, and either do not play the lowest string, or deaden the string by touching it lightly with either the adjacent third finger, or with the fourth finger. Next to the grid on the left, you can see how this would actually look on the guitar shown on the right.
In our guitar chord charts, the top line of the grid or chord diagram always corresponds to the highest sounding string on the guitar. The lowest line corresponds to the lowest sounding (and thickest) string.
Bar Chords, and chords in higher positions: Here's an alternative fingering for the chord of C Major. To play the chord, '8 fr.' means you must move your left hand up to the eighth fret of the guitar. You'll notice that there are multiple notes to be played with the first finger. This is called a Bar. Place the first finger flat across all six strings on the eighth fret, and place fingers two three and four as normal to create the chord.
Chords where no fret number is specified always start at the first fret.