30 acoustic guitar chords that every player should know

Best of 2022 – Guitar skills (Opens in a new tab): If there’s one thing you’ll need to do to take your songwriting to the next level, it’s tackle new chords. Use our charts to hone your voice on acoustic guitar (Opens in a new tab) With our tutorial on creative chord shapes.

Open the ropes

If you’ve recently started playing guitar, you’ve probably already tried some of the more common open chords (so called because they involve unfretted or “open” chords), such as C, A, and Em.

If you’ve got the basics covered, the variations shown here should inspire you to some new sounds without being too challenging to play. Em7 and Cadd9 are widely used, Em9 and A6sus2 are even rarer – both have a bittersweet sound.

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