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Chord Transposing & Capo Placement Charts

Note 1: I've deliberately elected to go with more commonly used keys avoiding obscure, awkward keys like A#, C#, D# and Gb. This chart is also set up for major keys so it may have discrepancies in minor keys which you can correct by finding the root note of your minor chord under the 6 column and getting numbers of your chords from that row then find the new minor key in the 6 column and use numbers from that row to convert back to chords.

Note 2: 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.

Note 3: The 7 chord is based on a flat 7th rather than the actual 7th note of the scale.

Note 4: Composers aren't restricted to any particular structure, they can use any chord they like, anywhere they like so this chart won't work for every piece of music but it should be effective for most songs. If you encounter a song which gives you difficulties, for any reason, and would like help, send us a message (from our Contact page) and I'll be glad to help you out.

Find the root key in the left column and proceed to your right, finding each of the chords in the piece and joting down their numbers (chords are shown by the number system, based on the key and the root key becomes 1). Now move to the key to which you wish to transpose and convert the numbers back to chords. Add modifications to the chord (such as minor, 7th, 9th, etc.) to match your source chords.

Chord Transposing Chart
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
Cb (B)
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
G
A
B
C
D
E
F
Ab
Bb
C
Db
Eb
F
Gb

Would you like to learn more about music theory for self-taught musicians and get a better understanding of the Nashville Number System?   This Post on my Google Plus, Beer Joint Musicians community page may be helpful.

Find the actual chord in the left column. The open chord pattern (which results in your chosen chord) is shown under fret number for capo placement. The letters "n/a" (not applicable) are shown where there is no open chord equivalent for the chosen chord. Capo 1 is the first fret, Capo 2 is the second fret, etc.

Capo Chart
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


Every once in a while I get an email from someone who finds my capo chart totally confusing and asks something like "If I put the capo on the 4th fret and play a G chord, what it it?". For you folks I've provided the following chart. Find the open chord pattern on the left. The"C" in the pink box stands for "Capo" and the number following it is the fret number, so "C1" means the capo is on the first fret, "C2" means the capo is on the second fret, and so on. In the box where the pattern intersects with the capo placement is the name of the chord you're thereby making. For example, the pattern for an open A chord, with the capo on the first fret (C1), becomes an A# (or Bb) chord. With the capo on the fourth fret (C4) the pattern for an open G chord becomes a B chord. In this chart I'm only referring to a small family of (what I consider to be) open chords. Specifically A, B7, C, D, E, F and G. In most cases modifiers can "tag along", for example, an A minor chord pattern, with the capo on the second fret, is a B minor chord. The same would be true of an A7 or Amaj7 chord i.e. the pattern for an A7 chord, with the capo on the second fret, becomes a B7 chord and the pattern for an Amaj7 chord, with the capo on the second fret, becomes a Bmaj7 chord. The following are the open chord patterns specifically referred to by this chart:

Capo Chart (the other way around)
Pattern
C1
C2
C3
C 4
C5
C6
C7
C8
C9
C10
C11
open A
A#
Bb
B
C
C#
Db
D
D#
Eb
E
F
F#
Gb
G
G#
Ab
open B7
C7
C#7
Db7
D7
D#7
Eb7
E7
F7
F#7
Gb7
G7
G#7
Ab7
A7
A#7
Bb7
open C
C#
Db
D
D#
Eb
E
F
F#
Gb
G
G#
Ab
A
A#
Bb
B
open D
D#
Eb
E
F
F#
Gb
G
G#
Ab
A
A#
Bb
B
C
C#
Db
open E
F
F#
Gb
G
G#
Ab
A
A#
Bb
B
C
C#
Db
D
D#
Eb
open F
Gb
G
G#
Ab
A
A#
Bb
B
C
C#
Db
D
D#
Eb
E
open G
G#
Ab
A
A#
Bb
B
C
C#
Db
D
D#
Eb
E
F
F#
Gb
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