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Guitar Chord And Scale Translator

Working out chord and scale transpositions can be a bit frustrating. You could learn all the chords and scales in every fret position for each string, you could use a book of scales and chords, or you could try this Guitar Chord and Scale Translator.

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It names the notes by their position relative to a root note, placed on a fretboard, and uses the named notes along with either a chord or scale formulae chart.

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A brief description of the diagrams is provided below, followed by some examples.

Fretboard Diagram

Our fretboard diagram is a useful reference for working out where to put your fingers on the fretboard when using either the chord or scale formulae.

Fretboard
Fretboard

R corresponds to the Root note of a scale or chord.

Chord Chart

 

The chart below contains the basic chord formulae. Each row is a separate chord, showing the individual notes that make up each chord.

Chord Chart
Chord Chart

Use the note names relevant to the type of chord you want to play, work out where those notes are on the fretboard. Make sure a note from the formula for a particular chord is assigned to each played string.

Scale Chart

 

The chart below contains the basic scale formulae. Each row is a separate scale, showing the individual notes that make up each scale.

Music Scale Formula
Music Scale Formula

Use the note names relevant to the type of scale you want to play, work out where those notes are on the fretboard.

Example: Major Chord

 

Use the Major Chord formula from the Chord Formulae Diagram:

Major Chord Formula
Major Chord Formula

Work out where those notes lie on the fretboard using the Fretboard Diagram. If the chord in question is an E Major, then the Root Note is an E, which is also an open string on a guitar. The bottom of the fretboard diagram corresponds to a low E on the Guitar (The 6th string).

E Major Guitar Chord

The notes for an E major, where the root note is on the sixth string could look like this.

Major Guitar Chord
Major Guitar Chord
 

Try the same E Major Chord in different positions on the neck.

Major Guitar Chord
Major Guitar Chord

Example: Major Scale

 

Use the Major Scale formula from the Scale Formulae Diagram:

Major Scale Formula
Major Scale Formula

Ionian (Major) Guitar Scale

 

Work out where those notes lie on the fretboard using the Fretboard Diagram. The bottom of the fretboard diagram corresponds to a low E on the Guitar (The 6th string).

Major Guitar Scale
Major Guitar Scale
 

Try the different fingering options for the same scale.

Major Guitar Scale
Major Guitar Scale
 

Several times…

Major Guitar Scale
Major Guitar Scale

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