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

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[MUSIC].
Okay, we just covered all the major
chord shapes up the neck in G and
we focused on visualizing,
visualizing, visualizing.
Can't tell ya how important that is.
Any of the private lessons that I've
thought in the past 15 years or whatever,
I've always said, you gotta be able
to visualize the chord positions.
Because everything we're gonna play is
literally gonna come out of the chord
position.
We work some with scales and
some arpeggios,
stuff like that but Even those things,
they all originate from the chord.
So I can't tell you how important
it is to just learn these shapes.
That's gonna unlock,
it's like walking before running,
you cannot play any of these
licks that we're gonna do without
really knowing the chord
shapes up the neck.
And once you know the chord shapes
the scales are easy, because you can,
you can visualize it.
And they're just connecting,
the scales are just connecting the notes
that are made up by the chords.
So, or
the scale outlines the chords perfectly.
So, when you can visualize these
shapes and be able to point out what
notes make up that chord without
putting your hand on a fingerboard.
That's what I want you to be able to
do is go okay, what's the C position G.
Okay, well that's this note, this note,
this note, this note, this note, and
this note.
And be able to do that, because that's
gonna enable you to just see this
fingerboard and
how everything is connecting.
So, super important to learn this
fundamental, this is really huge.
So with that being said,
without getting too serious about it,
it's serious but still needs to be fun.
And I know these are fundamentals
that we're building and
we're building something here together.
That's gonna be, that's gonna
create a great style for you and
you're gonna be able to play all
the country guitar that you want to.
And so right now we're gonna
move to the D positions and
we're gonna do D up the neck.
And I'm gonna start showing you how
we might revert back to some other
positions in another key.
Just to show you how everything's
connecting and how it's repeating itself.
So right now we're gonna do D,
now here's your open D chord.
[MUSIC].
Now what we're gonna do is we're
gonna play this open chord.
And then we're gonna go to your second
position, which is your C shape.
So, together,
[MUSIC]
it's almost like the D shape and
C shape are part of the same chord.
Cuz you're essentially, this is your
C shape if you had a capo right here,
which is a clamp which
is like a movable nut.
So, if this was If there was a capo right
here, you would just play this shape,
C shape, and that would be your chord.
But since you don't,
you're going to bar this, and
play your D like that
[MUSIC].
And then these two fingers will play
[MUSIC]
the rest of the chord.
So it's the same as the C shape
that we did in G up here.
[MUSIC]
you're just moving that back down
here to D.
So that's your open D position.
[MUSIC].
That's your second position closed,
your C position D.
[MUSIC].
Right, and that's D,
F sharp with the ring finger,
A with the first finger,
D with the second finger.
And F sharp on the first
fret with your first finger.
So
[MUSIC]
that's that shape.
Now what we're gonna do is
we're gonna play the A shape.
And what's gonna happen there is your
first finger is gonna go where your
little finger was.
And that's gonna take up where
that left off, now that shifts.
Now you've got your D center there, and
that's gonna shift these fingers up
the neck to where you moving
into a different position.
So you've got this D shape here.
[SOUND].
Now, [SOUND] we're going to there and
we're going to bar [SOUND] the five,
the one, and
the three which is right here.
A [SOUND], D, and
where's that F sharp [SOUND].
So, that's your A shape D right there.
So you've got open, second position
C shape A shape, barring that
which is going to take a little muscle
memory and some muscle strength.
But flatten that, really flatten
that knuckle out right there.
You're not going to be able to do it
if you do that so you're gonna break,
this knuckles gonna break like that.
And that'll create, when you do that,
that meat right there will create the bar.
So you're essentially you're barring
like that rather than like that.
So, [SOUND] see how that breaks, [SOUND].
Rather than trying to do it like that,
[SOUND], let that break and come up here
and really get some strength like [SOUND],
that clamp I was telling you about.
So, with that being said,
there's your A shape.
Now, we're gonna do this other shape
which is It's actually like your G shape,
like this, but
[SOUND] you would never play that chord.
Nobody ever plays that chord.
But what we do do is we play
the partial out of that chord.
So [SOUND] what we're gonna do is,
I call this the one over three
cuz it's one, two, three.
And then there's that shape, so this is
your A shape to your shifting up to here.
Where you're still playing these
three notes like we were here.
But our first finger covers those now,
to where now these three fingers have
access to this part of the finger board.
So in this positions we're just moving
up to where our hands have more
coverage of the finger board.
So there's the, I'm gonna keep
going back to connect these.
So there's the A shape,
[MUSIC]
whole step, whole step, slide, whole step,
whole step, whole step or whole step,
whole step right to there.
And then,
[MUSIC]
if you want you can put your little finger
and bar these two strings, which will
create that full [SOUND] A shape.
[SOUND] And
then I'm looking at it like this, okay?
I'm looking at it like that's an A shape.
But really they call this the G
shape because of this right here.
But I don't like to look at it like that
because you'd never play that G chord up
there, but you would play this sometimes
and you'd work out of that position.
So if you wanna look at the whole thing,
what they're saying when they
say the G shape is this.
[MUSIC].
But that is so hard, I can't even do it.
And it's just visualizing those notes and
seeing them.
[MUSIC]
But you would never play that chord.
But you would play this, partial,
because there's a lot of play and
it can be done in that position.
And we actually go over that coming up.
We'll go over that position,
because that's a great lead guitar
position is that one right there.
Especially in that part of
the fingerboard, which really sounds good.
There's a good sweet spot right in here on
the guitar that really really sounds good.
So, that's that shape and then,
the one over three and the A shape there.
[MUSIC]
So, if you want to look at it,
D there
[MUSIC]
that's really the shape.
It's little finger on D on the tenth fret,
ninth fret ring finger on the F sharp
[MUSIC].
A with the first finger barring, so
there's that position
[MUSIC]
Ok, so there's that.
So now we're going to move from that shape
[SOUND], now comes your D bar chord,
which is the same bar chord we did in G
[SOUND], we're just moving it up to D.
So that's the same thing, bar that, and
then it's your E shape right
there on the 12th fret.
You've got A, D, F sharp, which is your
three [SOUND], it gets tight up here.
So [SOUND] and then A and D,
so that's your full bar chord.
[SOUND] Or your E shape [SOUND] right.
So there's that and
then there's these little partials and
stuff [SOUND] too that we're
going to work out of coming up.
So then, so you've got this [SOUND],
The bar chord, [SOUND] and then, like our
partial we did with G where it was the D
shape but you're coming from there.
Same here, [SOUND] so
first finger goes A, D on the 12th fret.
[SOUND] And then your D shape,
which repeats,
is repeated itself all the way up to here,
[SOUND] that's your last shape.
And it's barring those two, and fretting
your partial D chord right there [SOUND].
And then you're back up to
[SOUND] this whole position,
[SOUND] repeat yourself, all right there.
I know that's a lot of information, but
if you can see those, and
see how one leaves off, and
that's just a connection of these chords
[MUSIC].
It's super important and
you can see how they repeat.
This D chord right here [SOUND] is G
here [SOUND] and we just did that.
So, you'll start to see how all this,
kinda, is related and how it all connects.
And when it does, man, the light bulb's
gonna click and you're gonna go, wow.
I really get this, you know it happens,
it's just a matter of time.
So don't get frustrated, just stick
with it, practice it as much as you can.
If you get tired and frustrated,
your hand starts hurting, take a break,
go watch an episode of your favorite show.
Come back, get back on it,
take a little walk.
Whatever you need to do to kinda clear
your mind from getting frustrated.
And then come back and have fun with it.
Don't let it get you down where you
don't touch it for a week or something.
So just keep it up, you know, and
all this stuff's going to click and
make sense and before you know it,
we'll be blazin' through some awesome,
fast, hot country chicken pick guitar.
So we're gonna move on to another key and
do the chord shapes with that, and
we'll see you in a minute.
[MUSIC]