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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: More Chord Shapes Up the Neck: Key of A

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Okay, now we're moving on up the neck
here, we're gonna do the A,
we're gonna do the A shapes,
and again these are the same
concepts in every key.
Where the keyword for
all this chord stuff that we're doing
up the neck here is visualize,
we've gotta visualize the chord shapes.
And I mean man,
I cannot stress how important that is,
I know I'm getting pretty serious about
it, but it's unbelievably valuable.
I mean I was stuck playing down
in this part of the finger board
when I was a teenager, early teenagers.
Thirteen I was going man, I can play
some bluegrass in this area, but
how do I solo up the neck
without getting lost?
Well I had somebody tell me, you gotta
learn your chord positions up the neck and
the scales around them and that's gonna
unlock the rest of the fingerboard.
So these are die-hard fundamentals
that we just have to know in able to
be a well rounded versatile guitar player,
it's just something we gotta do.
So we're gonna do an A up to neck and
you'll start seeing,
I'm gonna go back to the other
keys to reference how everything
is connected and related and
how it repeats itself.
So we're gonna start by playing our basic
open A shape down here on the second fret.
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Okay, and then we're gonna go up here,
we're gonna play our one over three,
which in G and D was this chord.
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So in A, the three is gonna be
C sharp, so we're going.
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And that's what, I'm thinking this is
the A shape, but a lot of people look
at it as a G shape because if a capo
was there you would play this,
you would play that, like that.
So, some people look at this as a G shape,
I just look at it as an A shape
with your three in it.
The whole thing could be like this,
pinky on the A on the low E string,
fifth fret, fourth fret ring finger
A string, that's your three.
So, one, three, five, that's what creates
the magic cord, your one, your three, and
your five.
And as you know that we discussed
those are the degrees of the scale,
so one two three, one two three four five.
So, one three five, one three five,
that's what makes up the major chord.
So we're gonna go one, three, one,
three, and then that makes that kind of
I call it the Hendricks chord
position because you've got all this.
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I'm calling it the Hendrix sound,
which doesn't have anything
to do with country,
but it is a good way to
kinda look at this chord.
And I'll show you that stuff, and I'll
show you how valuable this position is for
so many things coming up.
So we've got open A,
we've got the one over three shape.
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You can play the full A chord with your
little finger,
it's a kind of a stretch here.
But you've got fifth fret high E string A,
E on that fifth fret B string,
and then that chord, so.
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That's second position and then you have
your A bar chord which is your E position
like we did in G, and D as well.
So that's starting on, that's kind
of picking up where this left off.
So A, A.
So open A, closed A.
So with that.
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So all of a sudden,
we're all the way up here on
the seventh fret with our bar chord,
we've got,
we're covering all this already.
So we've gone open, one over three,
position, then the bar chord.
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And then as you know,
we're gonna take these two here, and
we're going to go up to here and
we're going to play the D shape,
like the partial.
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And we're going to see how that relates.
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So there's your D shape A,
there's the partial.
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You put your three there,
which is the same as this, so
you can look at it like that.
With your first finger,
I mean a second finger on the three.
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A on your D string first finger, and
then the D shape with your
little finger and ring finger.
But I play the, I just play the partial,
the four notes because as
long as you can visualize those
parts of it, that's what matters.
So there's your partial,
then we're gonna go up into the C shape,
which is little finger on your A note
12th fret, we've come full circle.
So then you're gonna build
this C shape right there.
So that'll be your A with
your little finger,
your C sharp with your ring finger,
your, what is that?
That's your E with your first finger,
A with your second finger,
and then bar your first finger over these
two, which that's C sharp there as well.
So that's your C shape A right there.
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And then we're moving to the A shape
again, we've already repeated our-self in
A, all the way back up to the 12th fret.
So there's your A shape bar chord.
So there's your D that we did.
There's your G that we did,
and then there's A.
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And then repeats all the way up.
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So those are all
your positions, so
that's A.
And now we're gonna move on to,
I think E now.
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