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Guitar Chords and Tabs


Guitar Chords and Tabs displays guitar chords and tabs on your WordPress blog, based on simple text notation entered into a WordPress shortcode.

French page of this plugin :

This plugin is based on the open-source jTab JavaScript library by Paul Gallagher (

This plugin is based on “jTab Guitar Tab Shortcode” from MatthewMarichiba. Meanwhile you can visit his page at

New Editor Options

Use the new [ guitar ] listbox in the post/page editor !

4 Choices :

  • Chord
  • Tab
  • jTab
  • Scale

[ Chord ]

Select a chord from the select inputs.

Choose its position.

Add up to 5 chords.

You can modify all your chords.

Add the result on your post/page by clicking the button.

[ Tab ]

Enter fret numbers in the array.

Add columns thanks to the “+” button.

Test it with the appropriate button.

Add the result on your post/page by clicking the button.

[ jTab ]

Use this to add more complex guitar music natation (see below).

Use the button “Test it now!” to test your code.

Add the result on your post/page by clicking the button.

[ Scale ]

in progress…

Choose a scale.

With major scale, you can add all the chords, or a chord progression (2 5 1 / 5 4 1).

Add the result on your post/page by clicking the button.

jTab Shortcode

Display guitar chords

[jtab phrase="C / Am / F / G G7"]

Display guitar tab with chords

[jtab phrase="Bm $3 4 4h5p3h4 5 $2 3 5 7 7h8p7 5/7 | A $4 7 9 $3 7 6 $5 9 $4 7h9 7 $5 9\7 5/7 |"]

Display a form allowing users to render jTab notation in real-time

[jtab showform='true' buttontext='jTab me, baby!' phrase='C Am F G']

Specify different class and/or id for the jtab div

[jtab phrase="C / Am / F / G G7" class="myclass" id="myid"]



Take a look at my website for more guitar web tools :


  • New button in editor
  • Example with a G chord
  • [ Chord ] options
  • [ Tab ] options
  • [ jTab ] options
  • [ Scale ] options


I recommend installing and activating this plugin from the WordPress admin panel under Plugins > Add New. If you must download and install separately:

  1. Upload the guitar-chords-and-tabs folder to /wp-content/plugins/
  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.


Work in progress.
Meanwhile, visit Matthew’s page at

Contributors & Developers

“Guitar Chords and Tabs” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




[ Chord ] has much more options :

  • add/delete up to 5 chords
  • choose each chord’s position…


Initial release.