Guitar Chart for Basic Jazz Chords – What is a Jazz Guitar Chord?

Your First Steps! – Jazz Chords Guitar Chart


Welcome to this online jazz guitar chord chart. You’ll find every chord shape you need to get started. If not, please let me know by posting a question or a comment (at the bottom of this page) and I’ll get back to you shortly… But for now, I believe all the important jazz chords for guitar are there. 🙂

Please note that this chart is only for chords in root position (meaning that the tonic / bass is the lowest note). Chord inversions are not discussed on this page. The few dozen voicings here are also a great way to get started with chord melody.

Also note that not all chords are created equal. In this jazz guitar chord chart, only one possible way of addressing such a chord voicing has been posted. And it might just not be your favorite way. 🙂

Only use what sounds good and practical to you. As we say, take the rest, leave the best! (or is it the opposite?)

On this page you’ll find these chords:

  • Major (7th and 6th)
  • Minor (7th, 6th, 9th and 11th)
  •  Dominant (7th, 9th and 13th)
  •  Minor 7th (b5) (aka half-diminished)
… and in the chord chart #2 you’ll find …
  • Diminished 7th
  • Altered dominants (7th chords with b9 or #9 or b5 or #5 or #11 or b13)


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What About Symbols with 9th, 11th and 13th ?
(and all the other complicated stuff…)

Yes, I know, some jazz chords symbols can look like postal codes! It’s normal. The thing is, the chords are always categorized according to their basic “7th” sound. If you see a “Db min 9” symbol, you will still find it in the minor section of this jazz chord chart.

Why All Jazz Guitar Chords in “C” ?

Yes, I know. All the jazz chords guitar on this page are movable chord shapes. I have indicated the “C” (root of chord) in red color. As long as you know what the bass note is, you will be able to use any chord shape in 12 keys!

For example: a basic C major 7th shape at the third fret becomes a Fmaj7 when played at the 8th fret…

jazz guitar chord chart

This is called transposition. It’s easy on the guitar (at least when you know the notes on the biggest strings of the instrument.) So, let’s go and learn jazz chords on the guitar now.


Jazz Guitar Chords Chart – Major

How to identify a major 7th (or major 6th) chord…
Often printed on chart as :

  • “major6” “maj6” or often just plain “6”
  • “major7”
  • “maj7”
  • “M7” (notice the capital “M”)
  • with these symbols also:



Number 7 with a dash through it and “little triangle” symbols
(*for major 7th only*)

Chart of Basic Jazz Chords – Major 7th



On the top line we have drop 2 voicings. The bottom has drop 3 voicings (with string skip) Carefull with the string skipping, really mute that string!

The Major 6th Chords


Lower-left and upper-right corners are more common. Please notice that the Cmaj6 (often written simply as C6) contains the same notes as the Am7 chord… C E G A !


Jazz Guitar Chords Chart – Minor

How to identify a minor 7th (or minor 6th) chord… Often printed on chart as :

  • “minor6” “min6” and sometimes “-6”
  • “minor7”
  • “min7”
  • “m7” (notice the small “m”)
  • with this symbols also : “-7” (it’s a minus sign)

[*The 6th is interchangeable with the 13th*]


Basic Jazz Guitar Chords – Minor 7th



Minor 6th
(or Minor 13th)



Please notice that the Cmin6 (often written simply as Cm6 or C-6) contains the same notes as the Am7 (b5) chord… C Eb G A !

Minor 9th



Minor 11th


Jazz Chords – Dominant (just “7”)

How identify a dominant 7th chord … Often printed on charts as :

  • 7
  • 7th
  • other numbers : 9, 13
  • sometimes : “dom7” symbol

Basically, dominant are chords with “just a number”, without any “major” or “minor” definition.

*Note*: If your chord symbol has a number *and* a bracket/parenthesis with alterations (such as b9 or b13), you should go the the Altered Dominant section of this chart.

Dominant 7th


Dominant 9th


Learn to play the bottom right voicing higher on the fretboard (w/o the open string).

Dominant 13th


Minor 7th (b5)
(pronounced : “Minor Seventh Flat Five”)

How to identify minor7th (b5) chords… often printed on charts as :

  • m7(b5)
  • min7(b5)
  • -7(b5)
  • sometimes : minor7th (flat 5th)
  • with this symbol :


dashed circle meaning “half-diminished”


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Have a Question or Comment ?

Do you have a question or comment about anything discussed in this jazz guitar chord chart? Post it here! It should be answered soon…

10 thoughts on “Guitar Chart for Basic Jazz Chords – What is a Jazz Guitar Chord?

  1. I think this is wonderful for people who don’t have money to give away just for sake enjoying Jazz Guitar playing on a Personal basis. I will certainly treasure this.

  2. so how do you change it if you dont want to play a c maj 7? I’d like to play a gmaj7 but cant figure it out.

    • You’re right! The min6 chord is really a minor triad (e.g. C-Eb-G) with a major 6th on top (in this case, A natural instead of Ab). It comes from the melodic minor scale (in C, in this case), or sometimes from the dorian mode, depending on how it functions in the music.

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