I love these giant guitar chords. Use these big and free printable guitar chord charts to help kids really understand how to make guitar song chords.
No more hunting through the back pages of guitar books -- I just print these basic chords out for all my new guitar students, punch holes in them, and arrange them alphabetically in the back of their binder. From there, we can pull them out to place opposite a song with a tricky new chord.
I write on these sheets with a contrasting pen or pencil, marking in the correct finger numbers on the frets, and circling the appropriate strings when students are still playing "little chords." If a sheet gets too messy, I just print out another!
I have written "For small chords, use strings 1, 2, & 3" on all the sheets below. Especially for very young beginners, these big-handed chords are discouraging, and it's nice to start with small, easy chords.
Here are my two favorite chords for beginners: "Baby" C and G7 (though I usually call them "little," not "baby!") Using only finger 1, and strumming only strings 1, 2, and 3, a beginner can get an acceptable sound for a great many songs. I like to "lean" finger one back onto string 1 when switching from little C to little G7:
D7 does not seem to be a very hard chord even for beginners, and it just so happens that finger 3 can slide down very nicely from fret 2 to fret 3, and make a "baby" G chord (strumming only strings 1, 2, and 3).
I hope you find these free printable big guitar chord pages useful in your music teaching!
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Great job on the big guitar charts. I've started teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and these fit the bill! Just wish they were customizable, so that the …
Thanks for your free contributions that enable poor people like me access to music knowledge. God Bless You. Dana: You're welcome!
This site is awesome! I am a beginner guitar player and ...
I am excited about learning all these chords! You have designed the chord charts to make it easy to remember how to play the chords above... now it's …
Thank you for this site. I think this will help me a lot in my learning on piano and guitar. God bless you Dana: You're welcome!
Just wanted to express my overwhelming joy in finding your web site! :D Lots of good info!! My wife and I own our own teaching studio in Texas and I am always looking for new songs to teach my beginner guitar students. You've done a wonderful job of providing great tunes with ACCURATE sheet music/TAB! Your web site is wonderful! Thank you so much!! Many blessings...
Lori, homeschool mom, songwriter/musician and private music teacher:
Just wanted to say "thank you" for this site and for all of your dedication and hard work! I have literally combed the internet for months on end to find free and "doable" resources for my young students and for my own children, whom I have homeschooled for nine years. I will be returning to this site over and over again from here on out and am excited to present some of the tools I found today on here to my voice and piano students later this week! My thirteen-year old son is happily, as I type, working with the guitar chord sheets I just printed for him! Wish I'd found you earlier! Thanks a million, and God bless--
Thank you so much for this site! I have just started teaching some really keen Y6 boys who want to play Scarborough Fair, and your version is perfect. I will now go and look at what other goodies you have!
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Thanks for a great web site and a very useful tool for us teaching guitar.
THIS SITE IS AMAZING!!I've been teaching guitar for about 5 years now, and I've only just found your website! (I could really have used it 5 years ago) :-) I teach at primary schools every week day for about 4 hours, so the beginner tabs you have are ideal. Thank you so much for your hard work getting these on the web, you have made many children very happy!!
A thousand thanks for your beginning piano and guitar songs. I've already printed several for my children, including the Pretty Little Horses TAB and Carol of the Bells for piano. What a wonderful resource!
...got offered a great opportunity this year to become a secondary music teacher in an international school... Before I get to the secondary level though (next year), I sort of have to prove myself as a primary music teacher. Hasn't been easy, but I love the work. I found great ideas for my guitar unit on your site, as I didn't know where to begin. Thanks to you I will survive my next 6 weeks. I also teach choir to middle school, and I love your little morning warmups. Looking forward to more of that in the future. Keep up the great work, it is very inspirational for us beginner teachers.