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15 Most Common Guitar Chords

These are the 15 most common chords. All guitarists need to know them, regardless of what style they play. These are the first chords everyone must know. Pop and folk music use these chords ALL the time. Even worship guitar in many churches uses mostly these chords. However, there is more to music than these 15 chords.

This post is dedicated to the thousands of guitarists out there who are learning or have learned these basic chords, but have not yet taken the jump into become a jazz player. These 15 chords are ubiquitous in pop music today. Normally these are the first 15 chords guitarists learn. Some never move beyond this point. After you’ve got a handle on these chords, however, there has to be something more, right? That’s where jazz comes in-after you have the basics of your instrument down.

PDF of the 15 Most Common Chords on the Guitar:

15 Most Common Guitar Chords

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Camden Hughes
Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at


  1. Hi I like this comment and it is so good and I am gonna bookmark it. One thing to say the Superb analysis you have done is greatly remarkable.Who goes that extra mile these days? Well Done.. Just another tip you shouldinstall a Translator Application for your Global Readers !!!

  2. Your Comments These are more folk chords.Very basic.To play even basic jazz you must learn to bar and play substitute chording.One chord can be played a multitude of ways using different positions on the fret.Sorry guy for Bob Dylan and so these fit fine,but for jazz,i dont think so!irie blue.

  3. Hi Claus,

    Yes, these are NOT meant to be jazz chords. They are “campfire” chords, as you say. I often teach beginning students, and you’ve got to learn to walk before you can run! Jazz comes a little later after they have a basic understanding of the guitar.


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