The black dots on the chord diagram tell you what fret and string to place your fingers. Numbers inside the dots tell you which finger to use. Your fingers are numbered as follows:index is 1, middle is 2, ring is 3 and your pinky is 4.
In the chord diagram above your 1st finger would be on the 2nd string in the 1st fret. your middle finger would be on the 4th string, 2nd fret. And your 3rd finger would be on the 5th string, 3rd fret.
The X under the chord diagram means that you do not play that string. In this example you would not play the 6th string. The 0 under the chord diagram indicates a string that sounds but you don't put any fingers on them. In this chord diagram the 1st and 3rd strings sound but you don't have any fingers on them.
In the lessons on basic guitar chords that follow, understanding how
to read a chord diagram will be very important, so be sure you
understand this lesson on how to read a chord diagram.
Now that you know how to read a chord diagram, it's time to move on
in our quest to learn guitar. In lesson 2 we will learn 5 basic major
chords in chord diagram form and explore ways that they are used in
For lesson 2 on basic guitar chords in chord diagram form, click here.