You may be surprised to know that it is possible to play on the Anglo the major chord of all 7 notes of the scale:  C , D, E, F ,G, A, B. Plus 7th chords of most of those too.

And 6 minor chords: are playable: D minor, E minor, F# minor, G minor,  A minor, B minor.

( if you need a primer or reminder on what the major, minor, 5th and 7th chords consist of, have a look  here at BASIC CHORD TRIADS )

Here you will find multiple fingerings for each chord. Because there are so many possibilities. It depends on whether you’re accompanying singing; or in a dance tune; what sort of voicing you want ( more trebly, or bassy, or droney); which chord you’ve just come from, or are about to play; and which fingers you need to have free to be playing melody at the same time.

Complicated, eh ?

Because there so many chord possibilities, some not often used, I’ve grouped them into 2 sections. The less frequent ones ( e.g. F# minor, B flat major, 7ths) are lower down this page ( see ‘RARER CHORDS’).

Mostly, chords are played with your 4 left-hand fingers. But occasionally the first finger of the right hand is used to play the ‘C#’ at T6. e.g. in an A major chord.

And many of these chords require USING THE LOWEST NOTES

As a rule I find the most useful chord, whether for major or minor, is the 5th, i.e. C5, D5, A5. It consists of 2 notes: the lst ( the ‘doh’, or ‘tonic’) and 5th (the ‘so’ or ‘dominant’) notes of the scale. I generally also add the bass of the tonic, e.g. in abc terms: ‘G,’ + ‘G’ + ‘d’, or ‘A,’ + ‘A’ + ‘e’. I like the 5th because it only ties up  2 or 3 fingers, it gives that droney effect which suits folk music, and it needn’t overpower any melody you’re playing with the right hand.

There no rules, just taste. I will list the chords here alphabetically, first the majors, then the minors. OK, here goes:

C MAJOR CHORDS

Here is the diagram. The 3 most important notes are the triad of ‘C’, ‘E’ and ‘G’, at buttons C3, C4 and C5. You can omit the ‘E’ to play a C5  ( C 5th) chord, and you can add the low ‘C,’ , at C1, for a bassier effect.

C maj png

 

D MAJOR CHORDS

Here there are several possibilities, mostly on the draw, but also on the press.

D MAJOR #1 (draw)   Below is what I consider the most useful basic D chord on the draw. It’s a D5 , i.e. a D 5th, adding the ‘A,’ at button G1 for some bass.

D maj png

 

D MAJOR #2 (draw)  – this chord is a D major triad. But because you’re playing G2 to play the ‘F#’, you haven’t a finger left to play the low ‘A,’ . So you get the full major effect but sacrifice some bass.

D maj full draw

 

D MAJOR # 3 ( press) Here is a simple  D5 (D 5th) chord, which will fit both D major or minor. It’s on the press in case your other fingers are playing melody also on the press, or you’ve played a long passage on the draw and need a bellows change. You don’t have to add that low ‘A,’ at T2, but it does lend depth. As usual, your left pinky is playing the ‘F#’ , your ring finger plays the ‘A,’ and your index plays the ‘A’.

D5 press

 

D7 #1 ( draw) – The D7 chord means the D major chord with an added ‘C’ natural. I have shown 4 notes in the diagram below, but you don’t have to play them all. A 2-note version will suffice: the ‘D’ and the ‘c’ ( ‘c’ played with the middle finger). Or you can add the ‘A’. Or add both the ‘A’ and the ‘F#’ ( ‘F#’ played with the pinky). That 4-note version is a bit of a handful ( pun intended !) at first. So you might start with the 2- and 3-note voicings.

By the way, the D7 chord is mostly used before or after a G chord. So it’s a good idea to practise the change between the two.

D7 draw 3D image

F MAJOR – You will generally only need an F major chord when playing in the key of C major. There are a few voicings you can use. Well, 5 that I know of. Three of these use the low ‘F’  at T1, on the draw. Stretching your left pinky down to that remote button does take some getting used to. You have to swivel your wrist from its accustomed position. Here are the ones I’ve used. My favourite, the most complete and full, is the 1st below.

The 2nd diagram contains 4 possibilities. You can play all buttons, the ring finger playing the ‘c’. Or you can omit the low ‘F,’. You can omit the ‘c’, which still serves as F major. Or play the low and higher ‘F’ ,plus the ‘c’. That give you an F5 chord.

F major triad with bass 3D

F majors with bass 3D

G MAJOR – here there are so many voicings. Mostly on the press, but a few on the draw too. Several of these involve the left pinky pressed flat across buttons G2 and C2, thus playing both ‘G,’ and ‘D’.

This chord below is a bass G major triad. I don’t use it really, but it might fit in song accompaniment. The finger positions differ from other G chords. The pinky plays the ‘B’, ring finger plays the ‘D’, and middle finger the ‘G,’.

Bass G maj triad 3D

The diagram below contains the basis of  5-6 chords. You can play all 5 buttons ( remember, the pinky’s playing 2 at once) for a very full chord. You can play one or both of those 2 lowest notes, and add any of the other 3. Or omit the low notes and play buttons G3, G4 and G5. If you do play without a ‘B’, that creates a G5 chord. Mostly, I use 2-3 buttons (e.g. C2, G2 and G4), particularly if before or after the chord I have to re-arrange my fingers for a C or D major. Less awkward.

G majors and G5s 3D

A MAJOR – Like G major, there are numerous possible voicings, on both the draw and press. Though generally you’ll use the draw much more than the press.

Below is a full A major chord on the press. Or you can omit the ‘c#’ for an A5 chord, and omit the low ‘A,’ too for the same chord.

A major triad 3D

And here are the buttons for A major and A5 on the press.

For the A major triad: ‘A,’ + ‘C#’ + ‘E’ [ don’t bother adding the ‘A’ at T4, too hard !];

An A major without the ‘E’‘A,’ + ‘C#’ + ‘A’   , along

And for A5:  ‘A,’ + ‘E’

A majors and A5 press 3D

RARER CHORDS 

(this section will be completed soon )

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