What are the best resources for learning guitar chords?

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  1. 384

    #1Guitar chords and tabs

    Guitar chords and tabs

    Guitar chords and tabs is a useful app where you can find and view more than 500,000 chords or tabs from hundreds of artists. You can see chord diagrams so that you can learn them easily.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Larry Holmes
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "Guitar chords and tabs was a pretty decent resource for learning some guitar chords. The chord diagrams were useful, and I liked that there were different variations for each chord. I also liked that it has offline access and autoscroll. There's a transposing tool as well. Good for learning, and also good as a quick reference whenever you need it."
  2. 360

    #2Songsterr

    Songsterr
    Learn chords in real time with this website, based on the famous (and not free) Guitar Pro
    Websites

    Free

    Kenneth Stone
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "I had never picked up a guitar before and I was looking for something to help me learn basic guitar chords so I tried out Songsterr. I was really excited to find out how easy it was to use and understand considering I had never played before. I am still practicing but, I would definitely recommend using Songsterr if you are interested in learning to play the guitar!"
  3. 328

    #3Ultimate Guitar

    Ultimate Guitar

    The Ultimate Guitar app lets users find over 800,000 chords, tabs, and lyrics for guitar, bass, and ukulele. It comes with a tool for users to edit chords, lyrics however they want. The app is also available in dark mode and offline.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Trishla Patel
    Written on July 11, 2017
    "I recently started learning to play the guitar. I am constantly looking for the best resources for learning guitar cords. Ultimate Guitar is an extremely useful website that has chords for every song I have searched for. I think it would be great for beginners and experienced guitarists alike."
  1. 300

    #4GuitarLessons365Songs

    GuitarLessons365Songs
    Learn some of the most famous pop, rock and blues songs with Carl, a musician who will show you how to learn the chords step by step.
    Videos

    Free

    Harold Little
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "This is another site, based in YouTube that has videos posted to help learn how to play guitar. It makes it easy to learn when you are able to play things over and over and over again until you get it just right. This helps a lot when trying to pick up the instrument. "
  2. 268

    #5Utab

    Utab
    A site where you can get chords and lyrics to any song you search for. Once you've learnt the chords, if you are good enough, you can even edit the chords if you find mistakes.
    Websites

    Free

    Gregorio Garduño
    Written on February 11, 2017
    "I no longer play guitar, but if I did, I would definitely use Utab to learn popular songs and tune my guitar. Utab goes above and beyond to help users learn how to play popular songs. The tab and lyric play-along videos are the best that I've seen, and are very simple to understand. The layout of the website in general is also immaculate."
  3. 245

    #6Guitar Chords: Easy-to-Use, Easy-to-Carry, One Chord on Every Page

    Guitar Chords: Easy-to-Use, Easy-to-Carry, One Chord on Every Page
    360 chords, organised as a chord per page. This is a flexible, comprehensive solution for anyone learning or playing the guitar at any level.
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    Jack Aguilar
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "This looks like a pretty good tool for the job. Judging by the user reviews, people are mostly happy with it. I would consider purchasing this if I were in the market."
  4. 221

    #7fretjam

    fretjam
    A great channel for learning music theory. The narrator explains very clearly and his approach of visually representing everything makes things all the more simple.
    Videos

    Free

    Alan Nguyen
    Written on February 5, 2017
    "I'm an aspiring musician and needed to aquire some guitar skills in order to get to the place I wanted to be in a band or just play for myself. Using fretjam was honestly the best thing I have done to learn what I needed to know. Now I'm playing like a pro!"
  5. 183

    #8Real Guitar Free

    Real Guitar Free
    This app will allow you to learn, practice and play your favorite songs just using your phone! The guitar strings will appear on your screen, and you will only have to tap on them to play your best jams.



    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Dylan Harvey
    Written on March 14, 2017
    "Great! I'm an experienced pianist so I already know most chords, but for me it has always been a mistery how they are constructed on the guitar. Real Guitar really helped me "figure out" the logic of guitar chords and how to build even complex (sus, dim, etc) chords."
  6. 147

    #9EASY TO LEARN Guitar Lessons

    EASY TO LEARN Guitar Lessons
    More 500 videos that will teach you chord by chord very famous songs and very popular riffs from well known tunes.
    Videos

    Free

    Juan Edwards
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "I find this to be a nice channel overall. If you are a beginner, like never touched a guitar lesson, then it is a bit overwhelming to go through all the videos. There should be more organization and more playlists considering the amount of videos on the channel."
  7. 118

    #10JustinGuitarSongs

    JustinGuitarSongs
    Guitarist Justin explains you step by step how to play a lot of famous tunes from all types of genre. You'll be able to surprise your friends by playing famous chords all the time.
    Videos

    Free

    Samuel Powell
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "Justin actually shows you which chords you need to strike to play certain songs. You will be able to play these well known songs without needing to know how to read music. The videos allow to go back and rewatch them over and over until you get the chords down."
  8. 96

    #11Guitar Pro

    Guitar Pro

    The famous music composition software that allows you to transcribe your favorite songs, or simply read the thousands of tabs already available on the Internet.

    Software

    Windows, Android, iOS

    $69.95

    Vincent James
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "Guitar pro has been great for me trying to learn guitar chords. I remember having to print out chords and just not being able to read them because they didn't look proper. Now with Guitar pro, you have a piece of software with note break downs, shows the actually guitar, and where to place your fingers at. The product has taken my skill level from beginner to intermediate in no time."
  9. 85

    #12The Essential Guitar Guide

    The Essential Guitar Guide
    Learn the basics of guitar theory. Lessons are especially focussed on knowing, understanding and learning each chord
    Course

    Free

    Jordan Gonzalez
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "I struggled to play guitar effectively, as I was completely self-taught. This guide was so helpful to me, especially in learning WHAT I really needed to learn. It's very straightforward, and can have any ameteur learning a thing or two in no time."
  10. 74

    #13[TUTORIAL] How to Read Guitar Tablature

    [TUTORIAL] How to Read Guitar Tablature
    This tutorial will explain how to read guitar tabs. Although it may seem complex learning tablature is quite actually simple and you will find yourself reading guitar tabs in no time.
    Course

    Free

    Shreyas Jaiteley
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "I feel this was a fairly good resource for learning how to read tab. It gave a decent overview on how to read each note and where it belonged on the fretboard, along with explaining the common things you may see such as hammer ons, slides, etc. Overall i felt the resource was a decent starting point, but it left a few things out. "
  11. 69

    #14Picture Chord Encyclopedia: Photos & Diagrams for 2,600 Guitar Chords!

    Picture Chord Encyclopedia: Photos & Diagrams for 2,600 Guitar Chords!
    A very complete guide for learning, understanding and reprdoducing every single guitar chords. This book includes info on basic fingering principles, open chords, barred chords, partial chords,broken-set forms, and more. Great for all guitarists!
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    Jeffrey Salazar
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "Picture chords are the fastest way for me to learn and memorize guitar chords, so this was very useful for me. It wasn't that convenient for learning, because I had to flip through all the pages, but as a resource it's good to be able to look up anything I needed to."
  12. 65

    #15The First 100 Chords for Guitar: How to Learn and Play Guitar Chords: The Complete Beginner Guitar Method

    The First 100 Chords for Guitar: How to Learn and Play Guitar Chords: The Complete Beginner Guitar Method
    Are you struggling to learn guitar chords? This book will get you started with the basics, including an effective method to memorizing and learning the chords as well as general tips for establishing good guitar playing habits.
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    Wayne Carlson
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "I bought this book to reinvigorate my STUDY of guitar rather than just NOODLING on guitar. AS such it's proven to be an excellent tutorial on guitar chords, how they're formed, how they're used and how they're played. it was very helpful and now i have learned so much about playing guitar "
  13. 65

    #16All Guitar Chords

    All Guitar Chords
    A very straightforward site for learning all the chords that you'll need to master the guitar. Just select the chord you want to learn and learn it! You'll also find other useful tools like a metronome or a tuner or how to do scales etc.
    Websites

    Free

    Pablo Guzmán
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "This is a great program! I recently bought my first acoustic guitar and after doing extensive research, I decided to go with this course. - Its so easy, you pick the cords and tempo you want and it shows you EXACTLY where to put your fingers to get that sound that you want. Its also free, which is a HUGE bonus for someone who is just starting out like myself."
  14. 49

    #17Rocksmith Remastered

    Rocksmith Remastered

    Join over three million people who have learned to play guitar with the award-winning Rocksmith® method. Plug any real guitar or bass with a 1/4 inch jack directly into your PC or Mac and you'll learn to play in just 60 days.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $39.99

    Samuel Larson
    Written on March 30, 2017
    "Rocksmith Remastered is extremely addictive to use. It not only helped me learn to play the guitar but it is truly hard to put down once I start it. It keeps me entertained for hours and is really great at teaching you the guitar chords."
  15. 47

    #18WholeNote

    WholeNote
    An online community devoted to learning and sharing anything and everything to do with guitar. This includes a lot of tabs for learning the chords of famous songs.
    Websites

    Free

    Jack Murphy
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "WholeNote online guitar classes are the best if you want to learn guitar online. i have learned it and now i confidently play guitar. the best advantage of Whole note is that you can learn as many times you want to also you can learn it anytime anywhere. i only get time at 1 am in the night and then i used to learn from this online tool which helped me to live my passion."
  16. 36

    #19eMedia Guitar Method v5

    eMedia Guitar Method v5
    Learn how to play basic guitar chords, to tune a guitar, read tabs or notes, plus play songs.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

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    Michael Newman
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "It's so helpful. There's so much to help you with the process and break it down into smaller, easier to learn parts. I highly recommend it."
  17. 31

    #20First 50 Songs You Should Play On Acoustic Guitar

    First 50 Songs You Should Play On Acoustic Guitar
    50 songs essential to any guitarist's repertoire and a good way to start learning the guitar. Includes songs by Queen, Greenday, Eric Clapton, The Beatles and more
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    Shreyas Kapur
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "This is a great resource if you're looking to learn how the guitar and eager to jump in by starting with songs. I found the songs relatively easy, and appreciated that each song shows the basic chords. That said, it's not necessarily the best place to start if you just want to learn basic chords. I was able to pick it up as I went along, but others might prefer a more straightforward chord book."
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    #21Learn Guitar Chords

    Learn Guitar Chords
    This app shows you how to play the most popular guitar chords. It is suited for beginners and intermediates and you can play back the chords to make sure you're playing them right. You can even choose between Electric and Acoustic guitar sounds.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Vincent Hill
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "I was looking for a reference app to help me learn guitar chords. My husband plays and he wanted me to learn so we could play together. i picked this app mostly because of the good reviews, and it is definitely a solid app. I love that i can playback the chord so if I'm not sure about the sound i can compare. it freezes sometimes when i skip but not often enough to make the app unusable. you can play acoustic, electric, and classic guitar. "
  19. 17

    #22Learn Guitar Chords - A Guide for Beginners

    Learn Guitar Chords - A Guide for Beginners
    A quick free guide, with explanatory videos, to learn guitar chords for beginners.
    Course

    Free

    Brian Davidson
    Written on March 18, 2017
    "This is such an awesome resource for guitar beginners! Thanks to my parents, I took *years* of piano lessons back in the day. So I didn't really want to spend any money on learning the guitar. And besides, aren't all the best musicians self taught? I found Learn Guitar Chords to be a great start. I'm already practicing chords and I feel like I'm not picking up any bad habits. Thanks for a great site!"
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    #23guitarLayers

    guitarLayers

    guitarLayers is a software created by MOREORLESS MUSIC SRL. It is used to learn or teach guitar playing. It can map out notes played on a guitar so users can then tab them and play them on the guitar fretboard. 

    Software

    Mac

    $39.99

    Sophia Li
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "GuitarLayers was the best resource that I've found for learning guitar chords. The software allowed me to learn at my own pace and identified where my weaknesses were so that I could improve. I'd never have learned half of what I know now without GuitarLayers. It's given me reason to continue learning and growing as a guitarist."
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    #24Chordbook

    Chordbook
    A very useful interactive site that shows you how to play each chord and how it sounds on both acoustic and electric guitar
    Websites

    Free

    Justin Pena
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "This was an interesting concept in learning how to play the guitar. I never thought I could get specific and detailed instruction on how to play until seeing this type of website. It gives step by step direction, including what sound each strings makes, and where to place your hands on the guitar. "
  22. 0

    #25Basic Guitar Chords for Beginners

    Basic Guitar Chords for Beginners

    If you want to learn how to play the guitar from zero, this simple guide by Stringsly can be really helpful for you. It counts with different steps greatly explained that go straight to the point. 

    Websites

    Free

    Star Fighter
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "What I liked about it that this is a detailed guide which covers all the basics and each subtopic in detail. You not only get to learn how to play the basic chords. It also covers which chords to play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass guitar separately. Images and videos are also helpful in the article."
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    #26Creative Guitar 1

    Creative Guitar 1

    Creative Guitar 1: Cutting Edge Techniques is a guidebook on how to play the guitar and music theory by Guthrie Govan. It is designed for mid-level guitarists and it comes with a CD.

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    Robert Schmidt
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Not really the best source for learning guitar chords. This book is more for people learning scales and more advanced licks. A player should already know chords before picking this up."
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    #27E-Chords

    E-Chords
    Here you find more than a million free chords/tabs and the better guitar and electric guitar video classes on the Internet.
    Websites

    Varies by plan.

    Diane Fisher
    Written on October 10, 2017
    "This site is a little overwhelming. I don't get where it teaches you actual chords. I see a lot of songs but really I feel like you should learn how the blocks go together before trying to build a house."
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    #28Creative Guitar 2

    Creative Guitar 2

    Creative Guitar 2: Advance Techniques is the second book in Guthrie Govan's guidebook on how to play advanced level guitar. It was released in 2006 and comes with a CD full of riffs and licks for readers to follow.

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    Kyle Ellis
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I was able to learn a lot of chords using this book. I didn't want private lessons, so this was the next best thing."
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    #29Chordie

    Chordie
    Guitar chords and guitar tablature made easy. Chordie is a search engine for finding guitar chords and guitar tabs.

    Websites

    Free

    Christina Munoz
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Chordie has a lot of different choices of songs. I like that part. I saw some really cool songs I want to learn on my guitar. I think this site will help me learn the basics and move on to some more advanced chords."
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    #30Riffstation

    Riffstation
    Get the chords for any song in the world. See Guitar, Ukulele or Piano chords synced with the music video. Riffstation uses chord recognition technology to "listen" to the music and automatically scroll the chords along with the music.
    Websites

    Free

    Moisés Peña
    Written on April 10, 2017
    "Man, I would have done ANYTHING to have this when I was a kid trying (and mostly failing) to play guitar. No more searching all over the world for sheet music--this site actually LISTENS to the song you want to learn to play and tells you the chords for guitar, piano, or ukelele. (Ukelele? Really?)"
  28. 0

    #31Blues Rhythm Guitar

    Blues Rhythm Guitar
    Blues Rhythm Guitar is a guidebook on how to play the classic old blues on guitar written by Keith Wyatt. It is designed for complete amateurs and early level players. It was published in 2008.
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    Elizabeth Dixon
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "When searching for a resource to learn guitar I am not sure this fits with my expectations. This book while having good reviews and a good price point indicates that it is for mastery level guitarists and would not be a learning tool for beginners. So I feel this search would only be applicable for someone that already knew how to play the guitar well."
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    #32Chord!

    Chord!
    This app will allow you to practice every chord and scale of most fretted instruments, like bass, ukelele, banjo and guitar. Like this, you will be able to become a great musician and use your musical skills to help you fulfill your dreams. 


    Apps

    Android, iOS

    $3.99

    Theresa Hart
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "I have found that Chord! is a terrific app for learning guitar chords (or chords of any fretted instrument). You don't need to know ANYTHING about music theory or even need to know what a chord is, you just need this app. I found that the app adjusts to my low, but growing, level of expertise in playing the guitar. It is an amazing app that is well worth owning."
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    #33Hub Guitar

    Hub Guitar

    Hub Guitar is a website where you can find guitar lessons according to your expertise level, or according to what specific thing you want to learn. Browse the website and find advice, learn to read music, learn the theory, musicality, technique, fretboard, tunes, and more.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Amanda Mills
    Written on December 21, 2017
    "I established the organization that was to become Hub Guitar in 2011. Every day I went to my job at Berklee’s online learning initiative, teaching private guitar lessons after work. And when I got home, I would chip away at creating what is now Hub Guitar"
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    #34ABRSM Speedshifter

    ABRSM Speedshifter
    Designed for musicians, Speedshifter is a practice tool that enables you to adjust the speed of any audio track without altering the pitch. It's ideal for musical, slow practice to a recorded accompaniment.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $4.99

    Caroline Wang
    Written on July 9, 2017
    "I think this would be an excellent resource for learning guitar. When you start out you want to play slowly, so this help a guitar learner start at their own rate. A cool feature of this application is that you can upload your own mp3s, so you can learn to play guitar with your favorite songs. This application seems reliable and of high quality."
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    #35Chordify

    Chordify

    Chrodify is a website that provides chords for songs for guitar, piano, and ukulele. The site has an extensive catalog of songs, including chart-toppers, newly released songs, and classic songs for all ages. 

    Websites

    Free- 1 month

    Gijs Bekenkamp
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "Chordify is your #1 platform for chords. We help musicians of all levels to learn and play the music they love. Chordify gives you the chords for any song and aligns them to the music in a simple to use player."
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    #36Guitarist Source

    Guitarist Source
    Guitarist Source is a site with online guitar lessons including guitar chords, guitar scales, guitar arpeggios and more.
    Websites

    Free

    Vincent Spencer
    Written on October 7, 2017
    "Guitarist Source isn't bad. There is a lot of information there as well as lessons. It may work for some people but I need something a little more structured and sequential. And it's just a minor pet peeve but Guitarist Source looks and responds like it was made 20 years ago and not updated. A minor quibble."
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    #37Guitar Tab Universe

    Guitar Tab Universe

    Guitar Tabs Universe is a website with a great archive of tablatures to play with your guitar. It is regularly updated and contains songs from most genres, including recently launched music and the classics.

    Websites

    Free

    Tyler Contreras
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "Guitar Tab Universe appears to be a good site if you want a variety of chords but it doesn't tell you much how to use them. A beginner might be baffled when he or she gets there as there seems to be no instructions at all. Probably good for the expert, but novices may want to check somewhere else."
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    #38How to Play Blues Guitar

    How to Play Blues Guitar

    How To Play Blues Guitar: The Basics & Beyond is an introductory and midlevel guidebook on how to play blues guitar written by Richard Johnston. It has charts and photos and details the styles of famous blues icons.

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    Nicolás Carrasco
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "If you want to learn blues then this is a great app, but if you want to learn about other styles of guitar playing this is probably not the best app. Great for B.B. King fans though."
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    #39911 Tabs

    911 Tabs
    911 Tabs is a great tablature search engine to find tabs for guitar, bass, piano and drums.
    Websites

    Free

    Nancy Vasquez
    Written on June 10, 2017
    "If you learn better through a tab instead of sheet music, this website is the go to for you. They have pretty much any song you can think of and personally, I love using this website as a place to look for my tabs. It is much easier than just googling and trying to find a random one that works for me. If you love tabs, you'll love this website period."
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    #40Guitar Handbook

    Guitar Handbook

    Guitar Handbook is a guidebook written by Ralph Denyer in October 1982. It is about famous guitarists and a detailed narration of how guitars are made and taken care of.

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    Julia Cox
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I started lessons two years ago as a beginner with an acoustic guitar. I had never previously had any exposure to musical instruments. I get 30 minutes a week with my teacher (who is fabulous) but he throws a lot of information at me and I don't always immediately grasp what he is saying or demonstrating. This book has been a godsend in that it very comprehensive and explains chords, scales, and music theory concepts in an easy to understand manner. The illustrations are clear and extremely helpful. I find that I use the manual constantly to reinforce or clarify my learning and it has - along with a lot of practice! - helped me steadily progress as an aspiring musician. If you are already an accomplished player, you may find this to be redundant of what you know, but for me it has been extremely helpful."
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    #417 Keys to Becoming a Better Guitar Player

    7 Keys to Becoming a Better Guitar Player

    7 Keys to Becoming a Better Guitar Player is a short, step-by-step guidebook on how to play the guitar written by Don Sansone for beginning and midlevel guitarists. It was published in 2013.

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    Julia Salazar
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The book 7 Keys to Becoming a Better Guitar Player does not really work for learning guitar chords if you do not have prior experience. It is a good resource if you are learning to play guitar through other means and use this book to compliment your training. It did help me learn how to change chords faster."
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    #42Chord Guitar Full Offline

    Chord Guitar Full Offline
    This is an Android mobile application useful to find and view more than 60.000 chords from 5000 of artists or band local, west and international.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Gloria Delgado
    Written on October 18, 2017
    "Has the chords to some of my favorite songs but it's laggy. Would have been a good app because it allows me to learn the notes to popular songs and therefore helps me learn the guitar but it freezes and gives me database errors. It's disappointing."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning guitar chords
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Guitar chords and tabsApps 384 Free
2SongsterrWebsites 360 Free
3Ultimate GuitarApps 328 Free
4GuitarLessons365SongsVideos 300 Free
5UtabWebsites 268 Free
6Guitar Chords: Easy-to-Use, Easy-to-Carry, One Chord on Every PageBooks 245 Paid
7fretjamVideos 221 Free
8Real Guitar FreeApps 183 Free
9EASY TO LEARN Guitar LessonsVideos 147 Free
10JustinGuitarSongsVideos 118 Free
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