My DIY guitar chord chart

Legend & Definitions

Triads: 3 notes, the triad qualified as one of: major, minor, augmented, diminished
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 means off/negative/decrease

In order to fit the alpha part of chord filenames on top of the iconized diagrams
they had to be short and use filesystem-legal characters. The added ¦, , and ×,
characters provide capacity to accomodate necessarily unique filenames.

_ = beginning of chord qualification 
  
C_  =  the beginning of a playable C triad or chord
M = major, m = minor
¦ = placeholder for "/" over-bass chords or inversions OR lowest triad note
     if not root (revealing an inversion). 

     C¦D = "C slash D or C over D",  a D as chord bass
     C¦3 = C 1st inversion i.e. the 3rd before root
     C¦5 = C 2nd inversion i.e.the 5th before root

+ = Add
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 anyway):  Cm7¡5
       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 default 5th.
      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.  

D73×1 is a D7 chord the triad within which has the 3rd on top while outside
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 i.e. a
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 the
minor 3rd in a minor triad having come from a 3rd in the major triad.

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 D73×1 chord
is stored on disk as file
"D73×1_0600.png" giving almost complete
uniqueness.


Click the table below for a high resolution image printable and still
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 or Dropstep).
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 provisionally
HERE to get the bugs out before uploading to the tube, I don't do faecesbook).

Should you find serious mistakes an email will be appreciated: music@trixtar.org