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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Basic Chord Shapes: Rock Chords

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Guitar Basics,
Basic Chord Shapes: Rock Chords.
Before moving on,
I will just tell you something
that is pretty important to know.
I, I don't know what kind of guitar you
have got at home, if you have got a Strat,
if you have got an old nylon string,
an old steel string.
When you're starting
playing guitar like this,
trying out new chords your fingers
might hurt so don't worry.
But don't play too much.
Make sure you rest too, so
your fingers don't start bleeding.
After a while,
you will create it's called calluses.
You will create a harder surface
on your fingers that will give you
better stamina that will make you,
make it easier to play guitar.
But make sure you have some new or, or
recently new pretty clean strings on.
Because if you have really
old strings it's not good for
your fingers and so what you,
if these chords that I just showed you,
these guitar basics,
it works on any guitar.
Electric, acoustic,
semi acoustic, nylon string.
[SOUND] If you use brown strings, if you
use nylon strings, it doesn't matter.
[SOUND] I just want to
make you aware of this.
And another thing.
Make sure that your guitar
is properly adjusted.
So the string height is,
I mean, on some old guitars,
the string height would be like this.
Let's see, like this and that's,
that's not the way it's supposed to be.
[LAUGH] I mean, some people like higher
action, some people like lower action.
It shouldn't buzz too much, it's good
to have, have it somewhere in between.
But if you got an old guitar and
action is like this,
it's not, [SOUND] it's not
the way it's supposed to be so.
Hand it in to your local guitar dealer or
repair, guitar repair guy.
Or maybe try it yourself,
if you are good at that stuff, I am not.
[SOUND] So I am always having someone help
me with that kind of stuff when I need it.
On this guitar it's pretty smart,
you can actually adjust
the string height yourself,
just by doing this with these small
wheels here and small buttons that move.
So, [SOUND] let's move on
from these chord voicings,
I just showed you to something else.
This is called rock chords.
It sounds like this.
This is just an example of rock chords.
So a rock chord is, instead of creating
a chord shape based on the root, triad and
the 5th, what you're doing here
is just using the root and the 5th.
this can be actually both a major chord or
a minor chord.
It works on both chords.
Because it doesn't have any 3rd and
the 3rd, [SOUND] as you may remember,
it is the note that controls the minor
chord or the major chord, minor or major.
So if we were in G, [SOUND] you say,
G [SOUND] and B.
[SOUND] And if you want to make it sound
even fatter, [SOUND] add another G on top.
then if you want to go C,
[SOUND] just move the same shape.
[SOUND] This is what is really
good about playing guitar.
Some of these shapes, once you get them
down, [SOUND] you can even start moving
them around [SOUND] and
they look the same all over the neck.
Like that.
But if you wanna get wanna,
wanna keep the sound [SOUND] like this,
pretty fat.
Just work on these strings.
[SOUND] So don't go higher up.
[SOUND] Don't do it here, [SOUND]
'cause here it sounds a bit too tiny.
C, D.
[SOUND] Two, two frets up.
And, and
a good technique [SOUND] is to mute it.
Like, you,
you put [SOUND] your hand like this.
[SOUND] Over the guitar strings.
[SOUND] And the same time you pick,
[SOUND] you have your,
the palm of your hand right here.
[SOUND] So you mute.
So once you've got that technique down,
you can start.
Actually, let's see if you can
see what I'm doing like this.
You can start moving faster.
Like that and
still keep [SOUND] your right
hand in that position.
Muting the strings.
Another thing you can do is to do
this, add.
Add a 6th [SOUND] to create this
kind of [SOUND] old rock and
roll boogie, [SOUND] like that.
Or the easiest thing [SOUND] would be to
do it in the [SOUND] open position in
the E, in the key of E.
Then you can just do like this
E [SOUND] and C.
a B.
And C sharp.
You can mute if you like.
Rock and roll.
So what I did there, [SOUND] I used.
Sometimes, I even add a top E here.
And here I used the minor [SOUND]
3rd to create the bluesy kind of.
But here I had the [SOUND] the 6th.
Here I have the 7th.
On A, I did like this.
[SOUND] You just move it.
So I had A.
An A.
Same thing,
[SOUND] use the minor 3rd.
The blues note.
And on B.
So try this I want to get
back to the blues later on,
I just want to tell you that the blues is
a twelve bar chord progression.
If you're in the key of E.
We have four bars.
And I have two bars of A.
Back to E.
Two bars,
[SOUND] then two bars, well one bar or B.
One bar of A and one bar of E and
then another bar, if E if you want to do
a turn around on B [SOUND] and then back.
[SOUND] I'll get back to this later.
But if you want to practice.
Practice the blues [SOUND] using these
chord shapes it works fine.
[SOUND] You have E here.
[SOUND] Here [SOUND] or here.
[SOUND] See,
it's the same shape, [SOUND] you are just
moving it around on different strings.
You can do like this too,
instead of doing a.
[SOUND] You can play straight.
This is a good exercise to
get your right hand going.
All right.
Here we are in E.
And a little riff.
Moving it.
[SOUND] A lot of places on the neck,
if you find it.