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Welcome to our interactive and free guitar chord library tool! Your online guide to the world of guitar chords. Designed to help musicians of all levels, this tool simplifies the process of learning and playing chords by offering guidance on names, finger placements, quality, and more!
Using the Chord Library Tool
The chord identifier is a multifaceted tool, built with the purpose of simplifying your musical journey. It provides several features including the ability to decipher how to play a specific chord based on its name, offering diverse interpretations, and facilitating instructions on finger placements for any given interpretation.
Moreover, it aids you in recognizing the notes embedded within a chord and helps to determine the intervals that exist within it.
Locating a Specific Guitar Chord
In the interface, you’ll notice that the base note of the chord is displayed prominently in the top left corner. The default root note is C. However, the tool provides you the flexibility to change this according to your preference.
To alter the root note, simply click on the designated button and select from the dropdown list.
Adjacent to this, in the top right corner, you’ll find the ‘quality’ of the chord. The default quality set is ‘major’. If you wish to change this, click on the button and select your desired chord quality from the dropdown list.
Understanding Chord Diagrams
In the diagram, each circle or ‘dot’ corresponds to a note in the chord. If the dot is overlaid on a string, it’s an indication to fret the note with your finger. If the dot is shown above a string, it signifies an open string which should be played as is.
Occasionally, you may see an ‘X’ displayed above a string. This suggests that you should either not play that particular string or you need to mute it while playing the chord.
Recognizing Slash Chords
At the end of this list, you’ll encounter ‘slash chords’. These are essentially chords that have a specified chord tone in the bass. An example of this would be ‘C Maj/M3’.
This means the tool will display variations of a C major chord. Where the lowest note is a major third (M3). In the context of a C chord, counting from the root note, the major third would be the E.