Intermediate Chords - Intro
Find the Intermediate Chords Intro below.
- E and Em Shapes
E and Em Chord Shapes
Go to Barre E and Em.
- A and Am Shapes
A and Am Chord Shapes
Go to Barre A and Am.
- D and Dm Shapes
D and Dm Chord Shapes
Go to Barre D and Dm.
- G and Gm Shapes
G and Gm Chord Shapes
Go to Barre G and Gm.
- C and Cm Shapes
C and Cm Chord Shapes
Go to Barre C and Cm.
- Connect Shapes
Go to Connect barre chord shapes.
- Advanced Chords
Go to Advanced Chords.
Learn how to play barre chords!
In order to play more chords than the first ten open position chords you can use your index finger to barre the strings, by doing this you replace the nut of the guitar.
To learn how to fret barre chords we use an exercise called “The Cycle Of 4ths”.
The exercises will teach you how to fret each individual barre chord shape.
As you play the chords; say the name of them out loud, this will teach you all the notes on the neck.
This means that the exercises on the following pages do two things:
- Teach you to fret a shape.
- Teach you all the notes on the neck for string 6, 5 and 4.
Cycle of 4ths Exercise
As you progress through the S-E P R you will see many exercises using the concept of cycle of 4ths.
Since the cycle moves up a 4th continuously we get the effect that we move through all keys before we come back to where we started.
The only other interval cycle this happens to is the cycle of 5ths, which move the opposite way.
Apart from being a great tool, it is good to firmly understand the movement of 4ths in music, many chord progressions move through it.
In a Blues we get a 4th up movement between I – IV and V – I. Check Blues Jam Tracks for more.