Chord diagram components

Chord diagrams use a combination of symbols, dots, and lines to convey the information about strings, fret positions, and finger positions that performers require to play the corresponding chord.

Chord diagrams with components labelled
  1. Omitted string

    Indicates a string that must not sound.

  2. Open string

    Indicates a string that must sound but must be left open; that is, not stopped.

  3. Dots

    Indicate the fret positions where strings should be stopped, usually with left-hand fingers.

  4. Barré

    Indicates that multiple strings must be stopped with the same finger, usually pressed flat against the fretboard.

  5. Starting fret number

    Indicates the number of the highest fret in the chord diagram when this is not the first fret.

  6. Nut

    Represents the top of the fretboard, or “nut”, and appears in chord diagrams whose highest fret is the first fret.

  7. Fingerings

    Indicate the finger used to stop the string. Fingerings can be positioned inside dots or at the ends of strings.