How to make a custom chord diagram

If you want to create a professional-looking chord sheet or guitar chart, you'll need high quality chord diagrams. Chordpix lets you create your own customized chord diagrams with any notes and fingering you like. You can then export your finished diagrams to images to include in documents.

First click New Diagram to create a blank chord diagram, then use these features to create your chord:

  • Chord diagram title

    To change the title of your chord diagram, click the large text input area directly above the chord diagram. Type whatever title you want as the title of your diagram, e.g. C aug 9th or even John's fave.

    Use the and buttons to add sharp and flat signs.

  • Look up chord - chord type buttons

    If you're looking for a standard chord, check to see if there is a button for that chord type. There is a look up button for major, minor, 7th, minor 7th and many more chord types.

    When you've clicked the chord type, select the "root" note of the chord using the chord wheel just below.

  • Look up chord - chord wheel

    Use the chord wheel when looking up a standard chord. Click the chord note (the "root" note, e.g. C for C major) to look up that chord.

    The notes are arranged in the order C G D A E etc - this is a musical order known as the circle of fifths, because each note is a perfect fifth note up from the previous note. This is useful because in a song, you will find yourself playing the chords next to each other on the circle of fifths!

    The circle of fifths is really useful for transposing (playing songs in a different key) and improvising or jamming. This introductory article is about transposing using the circle of fifths.

  • Fretboard - adding and removing notes

    Simply click on the fretboard diagram where you want to add a note.

    Remove a note by clicking on it.

  • Fretboard - open strings and muted strings

    To switch between an "open" string and a muted string, click on the O or X above the nut.

    O is for open strings played without fretting.

    X is for muted strings which are not played at all.

  • Fretboard - barre chords

    Barre chords are when you hold two or more strings down with one finger, creating a "barre" across those strings.

    To add a barre above some notes, add the notes first then click Change barres. Now you can click to add the barre where you want it.

    To remove a barre, click Change barres and then click on the barre you want to remove.

  • Fretboard - fingering

    To change the fingering for your chord, just click the numbers below the fretboard diagram and choose the new fingering from the pop-up list.

    T is for your thumb, 1 is your index finger, 2 your middle finger, 3 your ring finger and 4 is your little finger.