Intermediate Chords

THE TEN BARRE CHORD SHAPES

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Five major barre chord shapes

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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 and have created moveable barre chord shapes.

To learn how to fret these barre chords we can use an exercise called the cycle of 4th.

As you play the chords, say the name of them out loud as this will teach you all the notes on the neck at the same time.

The intermediate course goes into all the details about how to do this. As well as playing the full shapes as I do in the videos, you must also play fractions of the chord shapes.

Do this and your major and minor barre chord shapes will map out the entire fretboard.


Five minor barre chord shapes

Just like with the open position chords, to create the five minor shapes, we must find the third interval of each chord shape and move it down one fret.

In the intermediate guitar course, we learn how to play all barre chords alongside learning songs.

You can’t see this in these video lessons you find here but the real secret behind playing barre chords is to learn how to play fractions of them.

For example, when we learn I’m Yours, we don’t just play it as in the video lesson, we also play all chords all over the neck.

We spend a lot of time practising fractions of barre chords in the course, take the Free Trial to find out more.


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