Jazz Guitar Chords

Jazz Guitar Chords

There are literally thousands of jazz guitar chords, but don’t worry: you don’t have to learn them all to start playing jazz.

On this page we’ll show you how jazz guitarists play many types of chord. We’ll start simple, then hit you with some complex ‘altered’ shapes.

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All Guitar Chords Chart

All Guitar Chords Chart

Welcome to the ‘All Guitar Chords Chart page’, with charts of fretboard diagrams for all major, minor, dominant 7th and minor 7th chords.

Links to other guitar chord types – and lessons / articles about playing chords – are also provided. Use the links below to find the chord you need.

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Minor 7 Guitar Chord

minor 7 guitar chord barre 5th string root

This week’s Guitar Chord Of The Week is a nice and simple minor 7 chord shape. It’s a versatile chord, and can be used in all styles of music.

If you already know this chord, try the example chord progression at the end of this page: it contains some other nice chords, including a dominant 11 shape that may take some getting used to!

Minor 7 Guitar Chord – Root On 5th String

Minor 7 Guitar Chord Diagram
Minor 7 Guitar Chord Diagram

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Sus2 Guitar Chord

Want to learn a new guitar chord that sounds awesome and is easy to play? Try this sus2 guitar chord shape, and see how it can spice up tired old chord progressions. It’s also a very inspiring chord to use when writing new songs. Let’s get started!

Sus2 Guitar Chord Diagram
Sus2 Guitar Chord Diagram. Root notes are blue.

Here’s a photo of the sus2 chord being played:

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Minor 7th Guitar Chord Shape

This week’s Guitar Chord Of The Week is a minor 7th chord. This is quite a hard chord to play at first, but, like many guitar chords, it quickly becomes second nature.

I’ll go easy on the music theory and concentrate on telling you how to play this useful chord. Here’s the shape, read on for playing tips and an example chord progression you can play:

Minor 7th Guitar Chord Diagram
Minor 7th Guitar Chord Diagram

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Guitar Chord Of The Week 7sharp9

This week’s Guitar Chord Of The Week is a 7sharp9 shape.

7sharp9 Guitar Chord
7sharp9 Guitar Chord (the 4th string isn’t sounded)

At its heart is a simple dominant 7th chord, but with the added sharp 9 it sounds instantly ‘hip’. It’s a very jazzy-sounding chord, and one you can use to give standard chord progressions a jazz sound.

Let’s learn more about this cool chord…

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Big Minor 11th Guitar Chord

This week’s Guitar Chord Of The Week is a nice, big, open-sounding, minor 11th chord. It has quite an ambiguous sound, and is very effective in slow moving chord progressions.

‘Big’ Minor 11th Chord Diagram

Guitar Chord Of The Week Big Minor 11th
Guitar Chord Of The Week: Big Minor 11th

Try the chord to hear how it sounds, then continue reading to learn more about it. An example chord progression is included, so you can hear the chord in context…

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