Open Chord Charts

Open chords, named as such for the open notes which are played as part of these chord. Open notes are the notes played when a string is plucked without being pressed. This section could be referred to as Open Position Chords, because there are many chords here which don’t incorporate any open notes, however they are all played at the end of the neck amongst the open chords.

Black Outlined Boxes represent the recommended notes to be played. Synonymous with “voicing” (One of many particular ways in which a chord may be played).


Grey Outlined Boxes represent the rest of the possible notes which are part of the chord displayed. Use them to create your own voicings and arpeggios (playing through a chord one note at a time). Finger Position Numbers are found in the bottom left corner of the black outlined boxes. As in the black boxes these are merely recommendations, keep in mind that whatever contextually works for you is ultimately best.

Useful chord specific information is found above each diagram. Relative To specifies the tones which make up the chord relative to the scales labeled. Compatible Scales are scales from the site which share the same scale degrees. See the Abbreviation page for a key. Chart Relative To points out the specific scale form in which the chord information is overlaid.