Capo Chart and Chord Transposing Chart

Capo Chart
Find the actual chordĀ in the left column. The open chord is shown, where applicable,
under fret number for capo placement. Capo 1 is the first fret, Capo 2
is the second fret, etc.
Chord Capo 1 Capo 2 Capo 3 Capo 4 Capo 5 Capo 6 Capo 7
A n/a G F# (Gb) F E n/a D
A# (Bb) A n/a G F# (Gb) F E n/a
B A# (Bb) A n/a G F# (Gb) F E
C B A# (Bb) A n/a G F# (Gb) F
C# (Db) C B A# (Bb) A n/a G F# (Gb)
D n/a C B A# (Bb) A n/a G
D# (Eb) D n/a C B A# (Bb) A n/a
E n/a D n/a C B A# (Bb) A
F E n/a D n/a C B A# (Bb)
F# (Gb) F E n/a D n/a C B
G F# (Gb) F E n/a D C# (Db) C
G# (Ab) G F# (Gb) F E n/a D n/a
Chord Transposing Chart
Find the root key in
the left column and jot down the numbers of the chords in the piece.
Chords are shown by the number system, based on the scale. Now move
to the key to which you wish to transpose and convert the numbers back
to chords. Add modifications to the chord (i.e. major, minor, 7th, 9th,
etc.) to match your source chords. Note: I’ve deliberately elected to
go with whichever scale was least confusing, thus, Bb instead of C#
(Same notes but Bb is less confusing than C#).
Key (1) 2 3 4 5 6 7
A B C# D E F# G
Bb C D Eb F G Ab
B C# D# E F# G# A
C D E F G A Bb
Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb C
D E F# G A B C
Eb F G Ab Bb C Db
E F# G# A B C# D
F G A Bb C D Eb
F# G# A# B C# D# E
Ab Bb C Db Eb F Gb

ComposersĀ aren’t restricted to any particular structure, they can use any chord
they like, anywhere they like. If the composer uses natural sequence
chords (all notes remaining within the scale of the key) the 1, 4, and 5
chords will be major, while the 2, 3, and 6 chords will be minor. The
7 chord is based on a flat 7th rather than the actual 7th note of the
scale. This chart isn’t intended to cover every piece of music, but it
should be effective for most songs.


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