Key and chord chart
A chart with keys and chords showing the relationship of chords in all the keys. From left to right you can see a key and the chords that belong to it. If you are looking for an overview of guitar chords, see the chart.
Chart with chords sorted by key
The chord chart above is very useful because it tells you which chords that belongs to a certain key. As soon you know this you also know which chords that are well played together.
Let’s look at the chord chart and the column that begins with C. Here we find C, Dm, Em, F, G and Am. Every one of these chords will always sound nicely mixed together. Try the following chord progression:
C - Em - Am - F - G - C
Really nice and smooth isn’t it? Of course, sometimes we want some dissonance in our music but the chart above gives us the fundamentals for creating chord progressions.
One more area there the chart can assist us are in writing our own songs. As we recognize chords that working together we can use them together then composing music.
Chords in the key of...
To help you out in the most common keys for guitar here are some shortcuts that can come handy:
Chords in the key of G: G, Am, Bm, C, D and Em
Chords in the key of C: C, Dm, Em, F, G and Am
Chords in the key of D: D, Em, F#m, G, A and Bm
Chords in the key of A: A, Bm, C#m, D, E and F#m
It is also possible to play in minor keys and here are some common minor keys and chords:
Chords in the key of A minor: Am, C, Dm, Em, F and G (you can substitute Dm for D and Em for E)
Chords in the key of E minor: Em, G, Am, Bm, C and D (you can substitute Am for A and Bm for B)
For the other keys, use the table above. For more instructions, see the article about chords that sound good together.