Shell Chords (aka guide tone chords) are the most basic jazz guitar chords and are essential knowledge for every jazz guitarist. Having a good understanding of shell chords will make it easier for you to learn more complex chords later on.
Shell chords only contain 3 notes:
- The 1, also known as the root.
- The third: 3 in major and dominant chords, b3 in minor chords.
- The seventh: 7 in major chords, b7 in dominant and minor chords.
How To Use Shell Chords?
Also check out this other chord chart for beginners: 17 Essential Jazz Guitar Chords