The six vertical lines in my notation refers to the six strings on your guitar, low strings
appearing on the left. Basically this is how your strings would appear if you held your
guitar neck vertically and looked at it. The numbers refer to the fret on each string that you
press to make the chord. The numbers have nothing to do with which
fingers you use to play each string. So a D chord is notated and played as follows:
The "O" at the top of the diagram indicates that this string should be played
as an open string (i.e. pick the string without fretting a note on it).
The "X" at the top of the diagram indicate that that
string should not be played.
The next part of notation deals with the fingers used for each string.
As an example, I will use the same D chord shown above. Each 1, 2, and 3
indicates which finger you use to fret that note.
The fingers represented on the diagram by 1, 2, 3, and 4 are:
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