My DIY guitar chord chart
Legend & Definitions
Triads: 3 notes, the triad
qualified as one of: major, minor, augmented,
A triad: A C# E
Chord = more than 3 notes
General convention (used
for switches for example) says that forward/upward/right
means on/positive/increase, backward/down/left
In order to fit the alpha part of chord filenames on top of the
they had to be short and use filesystem-legal characters. The added
¦, ⁋, and ×,
characters provide capacity to accomodate necessarily unique
beginning of chord qualification
= the beginning of a playable C triad or chord
M = major, m = minor
placeholder for "/" over-bass chords or inversions OR lowest triad
if not root (revealing an inversion).
C¦D = "C slash D or C over
D", a D as chord bass
+ = Add
C¦3 = C 1st inversion i.e.
the 3rd before root
C¦5 = C 2nd inversion
i.e.the 5th before root
º = diminished
= root, minor 3rd, b5 = 1m3b5
^ = augmented (circumflex)
5 = 1 + 5, root + 5th,
power-chord: C5 = C power chord
¡5 = (or 'No 5') = a triad or
chord without the 5th (usually missing in above 7's
the negation-sign ¡
is used only to show the exclusion of a 5th but may be used
for other exclusions in
the future, as an extra symbol it offers new capacity.
Unfortunately it's easy to
confuse ¡ with ¦
but for now I have no alternative for it.
reverse pilcrow, shows the highest triad note if it is not the
is a D7 chord the triad within which has the 3rd on top while
In triad or chord filenames it means
that an interval note other than the 5th
has moved to the top of the
triad (not necessarily an inversion).
(shining-star) root 1, third 3, or fifth 5 on top of
chord outside of the triad.
the triad and atop the entire chord rings a high root note.
Red = the color of root triad
notes, with a white center = open-voiced i.e. a
root note outside the triad
Black = the color of 3rds, with a white center = open-voiced
3rd note outside the triad
Gold = the color of 5ths, with a
white center = open-voiced i.e. a
5th note outside the triad
Green = the note making the
chord or triad what it is, such as a 7th
A black tail usually shows where a note came from
on the fretboard,
as another way of showing the individuality of that triad, such as
minor 3rd in a minor triad having come from a 3rd in the major
Fret # is shown for the highest
finger (nothing above fret 9 for me).
For standard EADGBE tunuing try mentally subtracting 2. The numeric
tail of my filenames shows four XxYy digits the string number X and
the fret number Y of the root triad note. The
above cited D7⁋3×1 chord
is stored on disk as file "D7⁋3×1_0600.png"
giving almost complete
Click the table below for a high resolution image printable and
readable on a standard letter sheet in landscape orientation, for
comfortable viewing cut into 2 halves and print those separately in
portrait orientation before taping them together.
N.B. These are for MY fingers with MY tuning (D-(non)Standard
If using other tunings, symbology or more acrobatic fingerings,
change as req'd.
An hour-long video cycling random chords with image and synthesized
slow-strumming sound is @ (to be announced, for now it is
to get the bugs out before uploading to the tube, I don't do
Should you find serious mistakes an email will be appreciated: