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

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Guitar Basics,
Basic Chord Shapes: Bar Chords.
It's time to step it up one level.
We're going to do some
more advanced chords now
this is what we call bar chords.
It means that some of the chords
I showed you earlier on,
they sound great, like this.
And you can add some open strings,
you just have to press down.
A few of the notes, like this.
G, C, G D G, for instance.
E minor, A minor, chords like that.
But if you would be in another key,
to play the same sequence, like.
Tonic chord sub dominant chord,
dominant chord and 1 4 5 1.
If you would be in, for
instance, instead of key of G,
you would be in the key of A flat.
You would have,
you couldn't use the open strings.
So you would have to do like this.
Maybe like this.
And these are called bar chords.
It means that you're using
your first finger to bar,
like this, across the whole neck and
push it down.
And then you will add the other,
the other fingers.
So this is, for instance,
an A flat major chord.
Instead of G.
Like this,
we'll move it up
chromatically half a step.
So one.
The 3rd would be C, and
the 5th would be E flat,
so A flat, C and E flat.
Like this.
So I am using these notes 1,
5, 1, 3, 5, 1.
This is difficult at first,
you are going to get.
You're gonna feel like it's hurting,
it's it's.
And some of you might be even be able
to press it down at first 'cause this,
you have to have some power
in your finger to do this.
You have to get used to it,
so start really carefully.
Try to just put this across like this.
This is, like,
a nice A flat minor 7.
11 chord.
When you hear the name,
it sounds much more advanced
than it is to play.
But anyway.
Like that.
Then add.
5th, then do your third finger, the root.
With your fourth finger, and
a 3rd, with your second finger.
So, like this.
You co, you couldn't hold it too lightly,
'cause then it will
sound like you wouldn't
be able to get any sound
out of this chord.
But, don't press it too hard.
You don't have to give it all you got.
Just try to be a bit relaxed and
still press it down.
Like this.
So this is the basic position.
Of an A flat major chord.
If you want to do this is the good
thing about guitar, once again.
Once you've learned some of these
fingerings, you can just move them.
This would be like the, instead of A flat,
or if you want to call it G sharp
this would be the G flat, or F sharp.
And this would be F.
you can even do G like this if
you want to get this sound.
Instead of this one, an open string.
So, these open string chords
are the only ones you can't just,
you can't move them chromatically
across the neck, but these ones.
The bar chords, you can just move them
till you get G, A flat, A, B flat, or,
or if you want to call it A, A sharp,
whether or not B, C, C sharp, D, D sharp,
E go back E, E flat, D, D flat, C, D,
E flat, A, A flat, G G flat, F.
So once you've learned.
These bar chords,
now you can play even more songs,
and you can.
Another good tip is to change this.
Just move this note, take away the second
finger, and you have a G minor.
G minor, G sharp minor,
A minor, B flat minor,
B minor, C minor.
C sharp minor, D minor, D sharp minor,
E minor, E minor, E flat.
D minor, D flat, C minor, B minor,
B flat minor, A minor, A flat minor,
G minor, G flat minor, and F minor.
Now you've got a lot of chords here.
And you can just move them
around trying to find different.
Like this finding it all over the neck.
If you wanna do, for instance,
this A-flat chord that I originally did.
If you want to do this, in this position.
It would be up here.
I will show this this voicing instead,
with a root of D flat.
you will see further down
what it looks like here.
Once again,
I'm barring across the fourth fret,
and I'm adding.
This is a root D flat.
The fifth with the second finger on
the fourth string, 6th position.
The third finger sixth position.
Third and third string, 6th position,
using fourth finger on the second string,
on the B string.
Then if I want to have this one,
the fifth on top, I can have it like this.
All right.
And if you.
So you can move this around.
Does your fingers hurt now?
[LAUGH] Good.
No, they shouldn't.
You should be relaxed while you do this.
You can once again change this into D flat
minor by just moving.
This note to 3rd, into minor 3rd.
Move it all over the neck once again.
Get to know.
Get to know the guitar.
So now you have these voicings.
Major, minor, major, minor.
if you wanna play a song
consisting of the 1,
the 4, and 5,
you will have them right there.
If these bar chords are still too hard for
you I might suggest you start by playing,
if you want to play something in A flat,
just play an A flat triad.
Like this.
This works too.
It's not as fat sounding as this,
but it works.
If we do the D flat.
These triads are really good to practice.
You can try to find them all over the
guitar neck just using 1 3 5 in that key.
All over the neck.
D flat.
E flat.
Or down here.
And back to A flat.
So that's nice I'm gonna show you a chord
progression with a bar chords.
And in this chord
progression I have C minor.
I have B flat major.
I have A flat major.
And here I have G,
before returning to a dominant back tune.
C minor.
here I have a little interesting chord,
a suspended chord once again.
The fourth.
Leading to.
So I'm using the thumb, but
this is a difficult voicing.
If you're not used to using your thumb
like this for the bass, you can just do.
Use D3.
So one C minor,
B flat, A flat.
And here you have this.
But I'm barring it, so you have it here.
If I, I could either do it with the thumb,
like this.
And, or
if I wanna have the top strings too,
I will do it like this.
Root, 5th.
Root, and 4th.
And then move this to this, see?
Second finger,
third finger, fourth finger.
Third finger, fourth finger,
second finger.
I'm turn, turning it around like that.
So one, two, three, four.
Two, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four,
two, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four,
it's like really basic bar chords
Some of these rhythms are a bit too
difficult right now to play these
funky rhythms with muted strings.
We're gonna continue with
that in the next block,
on general guitar tricks and techniques.
So right now, we could just start
by playing the chords like this.
Maybe a little bit like.
With using some of these soft strokes,
like with this.
Having more,
kind of a pop rock feel to it, than doing.
And then funky stuff,
we'll get back to later.
So first chord, C minor.
B flat major, bar chord.
A flat major.
G sus, G.
C minor.
B flat major.
A flat major.
Sus, if I wanna use this voicing.
C minor like this.
B flat major like this,
maybe A flat major like this,
and sus like this.
Just to try some of these other voicings.
using triad's instead of the bar chords.
Some rhythms.
Back to bar chords.
of that funk I'm going to teach you later.
Like that.
So send in the video to the site,
and I will have a look at it to make sure
you're comfortable with these bar chords.
Now it's getting a little bit more
difficult, but hang in there.
You'll make it.