Interactive Left Handed Guitar Chord Diagrams

Beginner Left Handed Guitar Chords

When I first started to learn guitar, it never occurred to me that chord diagrams were designed with right handed players in mind. I always managed to figure them out, but there was always that slight struggle to get them to make sense on my southpaw guitar.

Like me, many of you will just put up with deciphering regular chord diagrams – but why make it harder? Left handed guitar chords will help make learning that little bit easier.

For those of you who are new to guitar and a little unsure, I’ve put together a selection of 14 left handed guitar chords that every new guitarist should learn. I’ve also included an audio file for each diagram so that you can hear how each chord should sound when played correctly.

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Left Handed Guitar Chords Diagrams

If you are brand new to guitar chord charts, head to the bottom of this page for a brief explanation on how to read the charts. If you’re viewing these on a mobile device, try using landscape mode to ensure that everything fits within your screen correctly.

Print Me! Click here to download a printable version of these chords! Right click the image to save it your your computer.

A Major

Left Handed A Major Chord

A Minor

Left Handed A Minor Chord


B Major

Left Handed B Major Chord

B Minor

Left Handed B Minor Chord


C Major

Left Handed C Major Chord

C Minor

Left Handed C Minor Chord


D Major

Left Handed D Major Chord

D Minor

Left Handed D Minor Chord


E Major

Left Handed E Major Chord

E Minor

Left Handed E Minor Chord


F Major

Left Handed F Major Chord

F Minor

Left Handed F Minor Chord


G Major

Left Handed G Major Chord

G Minor

Left Handed G Minor Chord

Left Handed Chords Download

Explanation for Beginners

In case you are a complete beginner looking at these diagrams for the first time, let me briefly explain what they represent. The diagrams should be read as if you have your guitar standing up in front of you with the fretboard facing you.

The orange strip near the top of each diagram represents the nut, i.e. the thin strip of plastic on your guitar neck which holds the strings in place. For simplicity, each diagram only shows the first five frets of the fretboard.

The orange circles indicate where you should place your fingers, and the numbers on the circles (1-4) are your finger numbers.  Your fingers are numbered as follows:

  • Index : 1
  • Middle : 2
  • Ring : 3
  • Pinky : 4
  • Thumb : T (thumb isn’t used in any of these basic chords)

A ‘0‘ above the nut (the orange strip) tells you that the string should be played ‘open’, i.e do not fret any notes. An ‘X’ above the nut indicates that the string should not be played.

Tip and Tricks

Finger placement. Try to place your fingers as close to the fret-wire as you are able to. The reason for this is because if you place them too far back, the string is likely to buzz. It might be difficult at first, but over time it’ll become second nature.

Finger pressure. Try to use the lightest touch necessary for the string to ring through without any buzzing. Pressing down too hard will cause the note to become slightly sharp, making the chord sound off key.

Strum and pick. At first, pick every single note individually to ensure that no strings are being accidentally muted. You might not notice dead notes when purely strumming a chord.

Pain. If this is the first time you have tried to learn guitar chords, your fingertips are going to hurt – sorry! After a while calluses will form and you’ll wonder what you were crying about. Give it a few weeks.

Stay in tune. Always tune your guitar before playing.

Further Reading : Recommended Left Handed Guitar Tuition Materials

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  1. rayo
    rayo says:

    Hello, I like to start out by saying” thanks” just to talk to who understand left handed people” I was a left handed drummer back in 63, but played right handed until 76. My mother and brother played pro. guitar I was left out . ok .. drummer I am. now I bought my left hand guitar 7 weeks ago , can play happy birthday , practice 2 hrs. a day. stop and start seven days a week. I’m crazy with it . but I’m slow in learning. my fingers don’t do what me brain wants them to do. My question is, will this slowness pass? I am dedicated to learn. my best to you..

  2. KuroHmiZu
    KuroHmiZu says:

    Awesomeness!! Thanks for this site and the lessons I might be able to play the guitar soon :)… My classmates who are also lefties play the guitar right handed without any problem. But when I also try to play using my right hand, I feel confused. I want to play the songs I want to play without relying anyone to play the guitar for me. As always thanks for the lessons ’cause I can’t find any video tutorials for lefties.

  3. Michael Piña
    Michael Piña says:

    Why on other guides they show E B G D A E.. your guide is showing me A B C D E F G. What’s up with that… thanks for u to take your time to explain it to me…

    • Neal
      Neal says:

      eBGDAE is the tuning of the strings from high to low. This guide teaches you chords. The letters above each chord diagram tells you what each chord is called.

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