Key Of A
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Whistle For The Choir – Key of A
Today we are finally back to practicing a song again, although much is like in the last step, we methodically go from one area to another.
The main difference is that instead of choosing the closest possible shape, we choose the closest most comfortable shape.
In the first example, because of the open A, most chord shapes had to be borrowed from an adjacent area.
The C#m is in an Am shape, the Bm should have been a Cm shape. But what you see above was easier.
In example 2, we now start with a G shaped A chord.
It’s time to snap all those chords off early again, make sure your fretting hand is “bouncing”.
Almost all chord shapes are perfect in this example, apart from the C#m chord, it still is outside the area, should have been a Cm shape.
It’s very important to understand that the CAGED system is a guide, not an absolute truth, every shape won’t work every time.
What we do is move on to the next shape and see if it works there. Almost always, it does.
An example of when it doesn’t you had in example 1. The solution then is to move on to the next shape again, simples.
Example 3 starts with an E shape.
Even now, as far up the neck as this, we borrow shapes. That Gm shape for The Bm is just too difficult to fret.
In example 4 we start with a D shape and avoid the 3rd.
As well as missing a 3rd for the opening A chord, the C#m avoids the Gm shape.
Example 5 covers the entire neck.
Not even now do we get a “perfect” scenario where all shapes are in the same area, we borrow a shape for the Bm chord.
Let’s use a strumming pattern from the actual song and find some shapes that work. Spend enough time with example 6 until it feels easy.
Unfortunately, you don’t know enough of the song to play it from beginning to end yet.
Before we can get to that, you must play all this in the key of G as well, which is what we do next time.
See you then!
Dan (your guitar guru)