Connect Barre Chord Shapes

How to connect barre chords!

After learning the barre chords individually, shape by shape, the next step is to connect the shapes.

This means that you will be able to play, for example an E chord in five positions on the neck.

We’ll do this in both minor and major using five starting points of E, A , D, G and C, as well as in minor.

When you can play these exercises you have mapped out the fretboard, all things like extended chords, scales and arpeggios are built on top of this.

Connect the E and Em chords

These exercises will teach you all the 5 shapes over the neck in the form of an E & Em chord.
The order of the shapes are: E, D, C, A and G.

Using the Chordacus image below, make sure you can see all the E’s on the neck.

E Root notes on the fretboard

Take your time with these exercises, make sure you can play through all shapes before you start to playing to a click.

Connect A and Am chords

These exercises will teach you all the 5 shapes over the neck in the form of an A & Am chord.

The order of the shapes are: A, G, E, D and C.

At first, make sure you can play all these shapes up and down the neck.

When you feel comfortable; try it to a click, slowly increasing the BPM.

Below are the A roots on the fretboard, can you visualise each shape?

A Roots on the fretboard

Connect D and Dm chords

These exercises will teach you all the 5 shapes over the neck in the form of a D & Dm chord.

The order of the shapes are: D, C, A, G and E.

Compare the shapes to the Chordacus image below, can you visualise them?

D Roots on the fretboard

Connect G and Gm chords

These exercises will teach you all the 5 shapes over the neck in the form of a G & Gm chord.

The order of the shapes are: G, E, D, C and A, using the diagram below, check that you know your shapes.

G Roots on the fretboard

Connect C and Cm chords!

These exercises will teach you all the 5 shapes over the neck in the form of a C & Cm chord.

The order of the shapes are: C, A, G, E and D.

As usual, check with the diagram below that you can play all your C chords before you start playing the exercise to a click.

C Roots on the fretboard

Conclusion Connect Barre Chord Shapes

All open position chords can be turned into movable chord shapes.

Everything you do on the guitar is based around these chord shapes, practice extensively!

What you saw in these videos was only five out of twelve keys, if you ran through the entire cycle starting in A you would have to play: A – D – G – C – F – Bb – Eb etc.

You don’t have to do it all in one go, that would be asking a bit much, if you can get through them all in one practice session then that’s definitely good enough.

As well as practicing exercises like this you need real songs that use barre chords so you can see them in action.

You need to change key, create second guitar parts and start playing around with the shapes rather than just practice them as exercises.

You get all of this when you take the Intermediate Guitar Course.