A chord is a group of notes that sound good together. They are used to make a harmony background to singing, or to work in with a melody you are playing to give a richer sound. You have already been making chords when you finger different notes, and strum with the other strings open. Here we are concerned with playing specific chords at different times. You might have to finger more than one note with the left hand.You have to know where to put your fingers. The chord diagrams below show the strings as vertical lines, the frets as horizontal lines, and fingertips as circles. You can decide for yourself which finger to use for which note, find the easiest way to do it. A given chord may have several different fingerings.VERY IMPORTANT: all the different notes look more or less alike. Take your time and be sure you have the exact combination the diagram shows; being off by one fret or one string will change the chord. Chords are more challenging than fingering one note at a time, you have to DO more with your hand, and KEEP TRACK of more with your brain. Don't get frustrated when you find this harder... it does not mean you can't do it, it means you are tackling a more difficult job, that takes longer to learn.Adjust your whole hand to the needs of the chord, shifting so that a finger doesn't lean over and muffle another string. The chord fingerings for the Grand Strumstick are the same as for the Basic Strumstick, but they result in different chords, since the Grand is tuned differently.
Chord Diagrams for the G Standard.
Chord diagrams for the D Grand