After I shared a free collection of notation images a couple of months ago, a music teacher at a P-9 school here in Melbourne – suggested that I create a collection of guitar chord diagrams. He spends quite a bit of time creating lead sheets and presentation-style documents that feature guitar chord diagrams alongside lyrics. He also suggested I include ukulele chord diagrams as well, but I’ll have to save that for next time! [UPDATE: you can find the ukulele chord diagrams here]
About the chord diagrams…
In the end, I decided to include chords I, ii, IV, V and vi in a range of keys. The keys represented are: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, B flat, E flat and A flat.
Of course there are multiple ways to play each of the chords and just one option has been shared here. I have included a blank fretboard image though so you can create your own diagrams, or you can distribute it to students so they can write out their own chord diagrams (a good learning/reinforcement experience in itself!).
Also included in the collection are two generic power chord diagrams – one on the E string and one on the A string. You can let students know which fret they should use for the power chord shape.
Each chord diagram has a transparent background so you can use it on coloured documents and presentations.
A few examples of use
7 Ways to use your guitar chord diagrams
1. To create leadsheets using Word or Pages
2. To create a guitar chord quiz
3. To create posters for your music classroom
4. In your interactive whiteboard software
5. To make a “play-along” Powerpoint or Keynote presentations (each chord of a song on a separate slide)
6. To make guitar chord flashcards
7. To use in screencasting/whiteboard apps on the iPad
Download the guitar chord library
Click on the button below to download the guitar chord library.
How will you use the guitar chord images?
I hope you find them useful! If you’ve used them to create your own resources, let me know how in the comments below. And if you haven’t downloaded the Big Free Notation Image Library yet, you can find it here.
Ukelele chord image library
Download the ukelele chord library here.