Intermediate Chords

The ten barre chord shapes

Five minor and five major shapes

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Five major barre chord shapes


How to turn your open position chords into 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 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.


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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.

These five shapes are really important as you’ll use them to visualize the fretboard. You can’t see it in these video lessons, 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 first play all chords all over the neck using fractions.

By doing this first, we learn the guitar fretboard at the same time as we learn songs. But more importantly, we become free as moving a progression from one area of the neck to another becomes easy.


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Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all lessons in the intermediate course, go to Intermediate Guitar Course


Exercises

All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

You’ll map out the entire fretboard at this stage. Chord progressions become easier to see once played as barre chords and little licks will start appearing in your playing.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Intermediate Guitar Lessons


Tunes

Learn how to play famous intermediate songs.

‘1234’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. ‘American Pie’, ‘Angie’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’, ‘Fast Car’, ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Last Request’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Red’, ‘The Scientist’, ‘Starman’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Whistle For The Choir’.

To preview each song, go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs


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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.

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