Reading Chord Diagrams

Chord diagrams are fairly easy to understand.

Let's start with the numbers at the bottom of the diagram. These are the suggested fingers for the chord.

You might see in the pictures that I am using different fingers. This is because it's the natural finger placement that feels best for me.

Try the suggested fingers for yourself first. If that doesn't feel right for you go ahead and try something different.

The x's at the top- Those strings should not be picked or strummed. So you can just not hit them, mute them with your other fingers or mute them with your picking hand.

The O's at the top- those are to be sounded as a un-fingered open string. If they are not sounding it is because you are probably with hitting them with your other fingers or they are muted in some other way.

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