Guitar Chords for Dummies
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You don’t have to read music to play guitar, but knowing how to read a chord diagram and translate it to your guitar is a helpful skill. You can then use those chord diagrams to play a variety of songs, many of which use just a few basic chords.

How to translate fingerboard diagrams to a real guitar

You can translate the lines and circles in a guitar fingerboard diagram quite easily once you get the hang of it. The following figure, which shows the relation between a diagram and an actual guitar helps you turn a diagram into a chord.


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Antoine Polin was born in Paris and studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a professional guitarist, teaching jazz guitar, harmony and conducting at the Jazz à Tours school.

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