Chord Fingering Applet

The chords in the following program have been selected to be relatively easy to finger. In order to accomplish that, barred chords are excluded except for fairly easy ones (F, D Major 7). No other finger besides the index is very barred. The only key that is muted is the low E string.

Finger placement

The numbers in the circales indicate which finger to use:1 indicates the pointer , 2 the middle, 3 the ring, 4 the pinky. An effort has been made to keep the pointer finger free. For example, the A chord uses fingers 2,3 and 4, rather than 1,2,3. This helps speed up chord changes. It also prevents having to learn a new fingering when learning barred chords.

Muting

The only string to be muted is the Low E string. This should be done with the thumb. If the E doesn't appear above the string, it is recommended that it be muted. Sometimes a chord contains E, but the low E is muted. If several strings all play E, a chord can have more of an E feel than the key it is suppose to be. If the high E string is sounded, try adding the low E also and listen. The important thing is how you feel the chord sounds.

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