Guitar Chords

Key of C

Chords you can use to create songs, or chords to learn in order to learn songs in easy keys

You can do major/minor/dominant seven versions of these chords, and other to have more variety – eg for the second row – Cm7, D,7 E7, Fm7, Gm7, A7, B7

In Key (can’t go wrong)CDmEmFGAmBdim
Out of Key: Change to major or minor (common)CmDEFmGmAB or Bm
Out of Key: Notes not in the key as the root major (common)C#EbF#AbBb
Out of Key: Notes not in the key as the root minor (less common)C#mEbmF#mAbmBbm

Listen to common chords

Blue are chords that are completely in the key

Red are chords that are out of the key (have notes that are not C D E F G A B), but are used in RnB and Pop and other music to give tension, create different emotion/mood, and give variety to the music.

Yellow are inversions, which are chords in the key, but have different bass notes