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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: The B7 and F Chord

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[MUSIC]
We've just covered the Luther Perkins
style, what I call block chords,
the rhythm pattern that we just did.
Now, we're gonna start getting
into some more advanced changes.
We're gonna start changing from
one chord to the next and start
incorporating some rhythm techniques,
and stuff as we move along here.
So what I'd like to do now
is since we've covered five
pretty basic major chord shapes
to get to where we can start
changing through a sequence of two and
three cords,
I wanna incorporate the B7 chord and
also the F chord.
I didn't do this earlier, because they are
a little trickier than what we did before.
So we'll just jump right in here.
So the B7 chord is gonna sound like this.
[MUSIC]
And what that is,
is I'm playing the second fret on
the A string with my middle finger and
then I'm playing the first fret on
the D string with my first finger.
And then what makes this
chord sound like a seven,
the dominant seven chord which we'll get
into more chord theory here coming up.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna play an A on the second fret
on the G string with your ring finger.
Now a minute ago,
I played the second fret on the high
E string with my little finger.
Now you can do that, as well.
[MUSIC]
If you wanna add that,
if that's too hard right now,
you can just leave that off and
just use these three fingers and
this is the B7 chord without the high E.
You can add this in,
if you want to or not.
It's up to you.
If it's easy enough,
you can go ahead and do that.
But if not, just play these four
strings right here in the middle.
The A string, D string, G string and
then the open B string.
So B7 [SOUND] and you're gonna
use that in, and the key of E.
So with that being said, we're gonna move
on from their for a minute til we start
changing these chords and we're gonna go
to the F chord which the F is kind of
considered maybe the toughest of
chords to make when you're a beginner.
So don't let this bother you.
It's a little bit of
a funky chord to make.
You're barring the first finger which
I'll show you here in a minute, but
there's some ways around that.
You don't have to play
the entire F bar chord.
The thing about the F chord
is there's no open strings.
So that's what makes it a little trickier,
a little tougher on your hands at first.
But once you get through it and
you get over the hump, it'll be fine.
So the partial, the full bar cord of
the full F bar cord looks like this and
sounds like this [SOUND] and
that's a hard chord to make.
It is because you're barring this
entire fret with your first finger.
Everything I told you about your thumb
earlier, you do have to roll that thumb
to the back of the neck to be able
to get the strength to do this and
it becomes like a clamp.
So you're clamping that down
with the power of your thumb and
the meat of this muscle down here,
but there's an easier way to do that.
You don't have to play the whole
bar chord to play an F chord.
So what I would do is almost like
your C chord that we learned earlier.
[MUSIC]
Drop that down.
So we're gonna go, instead of on the C
here, we're gonna take our ring finger.
Put that on the F note,
on the third fret of the D string.
Then we're gonna take our middle finger,
put it on the second fret of the G string.
That gives us our major third,
which outlines the major chord.
And we'll get into that coming up soon
too, a little simple chord theory.
So you've got those two.
Now on the first fret,
you're gonna bar the E string and
the B string with your first finger.
And this is the part that might
be a little difficult for you,
because it does take a little strength.
But you're gonna get that.
The more you go through these cords, your
right, your left hand is really gonna,
it's gonna start getting stronger.
You're gonna get some calluses
that develop if this is hurting
your fingers which if you're
just starting out and
you haven't picked up the guitar before or
you haven't practiced, or played a lot.
Chances are some of these little smaller
strings are going to cut into your,
not cut in, but
they're gonna get into your fingers.
And they might hurt a little bit and
it might take a minute,
you might get a blister.
But just power through it.
And pretty soon, we'll be off
to the races with these lessons.
But bar this with your first finger.
So that's the high string and
the B string on the first fret.
[MUSIC]
So you can play your F like that
without having to bar this whole chord.
So just play that these
four notes of that chord.
[MUSIC]
And that's your F.
And again, like we did with C,
these fingers need to roll up to
where they're not muting
the other strings inadvertently.
So roll this, kick this wrist up a little
bit when you're making your C chord and
your F chord.
Roll that up a little bit.
Your thumb might drop behind the neck.
That's okay.
Just needs to be comfortable and relaxed.
So and again, just hit every,
play this with me.
Hit every note and just make sure
it's ringing out really clear.
So one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And we'll do that again.
One, two, three, four.
One more time, sorry.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Eventually, you're
gonna make one sound with that.
The purpose of hitting each
string individually [SOUND]
is just to make sure that
they're ringing clearly and
that you can hold this long enough
to where it can ring for a minute.
[MUSIC]
And when you're first starting out,
that takes a lot of muscle
from your right hand.
Because your fingers are,
they haven't built up their strength yet.
But they will.
With that being said, rather than, I'm
not saying, pick these apart every time.
Just make sure they're ringing
clearly individually and
then hit as a full chord
to make one sound.
[MUSIC]
That should be your desired
effect to be able to play this and
have it sound as one, one full chord and
we're gonna move on.
[MUSIC]