Insta-12 Pack

I: The Insta-12 Pack

UPDATED: April 12th, 2020 v1.4

Ready to leave the world of basic open chords and start your journey up the fretboard? Every single shape in this pack is a barre or slidable chord. As long as you know the root note on your fretboard, you can use these shapes all over the neck. Learn any one shape, and you've instantly unlocked 12 chords! The most common and useful shapes have been selected. Nearly every chord shape featured uses 4 or less frets to avoid overly-complex fingerings.

All the common chord families are represented, and three (or more) variations are available when possible. Variations also use different strings as the root note for more options. Hit the button below to download the whole pack as a single multi-page PDF.

Note: To use the Insta-12 or Scale Hacker Packs, you'll need to know the notes of the lowest strings of the guitar (especially the Low-E String!). If you need some help with memorizing those notes, check out these handy guides:

Learning the Notes of the Low-E String v1.4

Learning the Notes of the A String v1.4

Just need a single part?

If you only need a specific section of the pack, I've seperated the pages out into individual links below. If you need to update a page, just check the version number in the top right corner.

Insta-12 Introduction and Explanation v1.4

Basic Triads v1.4

Augmented Chords v1.4

Diminished Chords v1.4

Minor #5 Chords v1.4

Flat Five Chords v1.4

6th Chords v1.4

6/9 Chords v1.4

7th Chords v1.4

Major 7th Chords v1.4

7#9 Chords (aka: The Hendrix Chord) v1.4

9th Chords v1.4

Major 9th Chords v1.4

Add9 Chords v1.4

11th Chords (Part 1: Unaltered) v1.4

11th Chords (Part 2: Fix 1 - No 3rd) v1.4

11th Chords (Part 3: Fix 2 - #4th) v1.4

11th Chords (Part 4: Minor 11th) v1.4

Add4 Chords (aka Add11) v1.4

13th Chords (Part 1: Major 3rd) v1.4

13th Chords (Part 2: Maj13th & minor13th) v1.4

Suspended Chords v1.4

Suspended 7th Chords v1.4

Sus2 Power Chords (aka: Add9 Power Chords) v1.4

Suspended Extended Chords v1.4

Format Information:

All the media in the Tonetracer Packs are created using Adobe Illustrator and use a vector format. This generates razor-sharp high-resolution documents that are perfect for printing at any size, with no loss of resolution.

Tonetracer Packs use the Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. All modern browsers will have the ability to natively open these documents as soon as you select a link. This also includes mobile browsers (such as mobile Safari on an iPhone or iPad). You can also print directly from your browser. I've taken care of the technical stuff, so there's no need to worry about margins or "scale to fit" options. Just print and enjoy! All packs use Adobe Acrobat version 8 specifications. 

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The Scale Hacker Pack

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The Song Craft Pack

Song Craft PackAn amazing launching point for all your songwriting.

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