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

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[MUSIC].
Okay, we're back here with
major chord shapes up the neck.
And again, just stressing the importance
of this fundamental to get to
where you can play up the neck.
And it's really just about
mapping out the chord shapes.
Again, visualize, visualize, visualize.
Really try to get these shapes in
your head to where you can play them,
but also to where you can see them.
And I'll say it throughout
all these lessons.
Visualizing these shapes is
just crucial to being able to
be free on this finger board and
kind of know where you're at and
know these home bases,
that I like to call them, for soloing.
And we'll get into that as these lessons
progress into the later intermediate and
advanced stages here.
So right now we're going to do C,
we're going to map out C, and
then we'll do F, and then we'll move
on to some scales around those chords.
So, great fundamentals here.
We're knocking these out.
And just hang in there,
don't get discouraged.
I know it's a lot of information and
it's a lot of, it's a lot of stuff.
You're getting your hand together,
you're getting your strength together.
You're stretching here, you're doing some
stuff that you're not used to doing.
It's all natural, it's all normal.
So just remember try to relax,
play with a light touch, don't worry
about if something feels too tight.
It probably is, loosen up.
But do remain keeping
a nice crystal clear
fretted left hand too.
You've got to keep that too in mind,
if things aren't speaking clearly,
reevaluate it.
Look at how close your
finger is to the fret,
make sure nothing else
is getting in the way.
Make sure your left hand's rolled
up like that to where things
are hitting clearly and
not [SOUND] muted out by anything else.
Just recapping on a few things there but
[COUGH] right now we're going to go to C.
And we're going to map out that.
So, here's your open C chord.
[MUSIC].
And then we're gonna go from here.
Now, if you look at this, in the other
chords we've been doing up the neck,
that's your C shape.
But this is D.
If there was another fret there,
and my fingers had to fret for C,
that will be a D shape, because there
is the nut and there is your C.
So with that being said, that's that
shape, that's your C shape right there.
It just happens to be open.
So if we move that up C, C sharp, D,
D sharp, E, F, G, A.
So this is your open C shape.
[MUSIC]
The next shape is going to be like all
the other keys,
it's going to be this barre chord.
This C barre chord,
you can play it like that,
I like to play it with my little finger
because the stretch is not near as hard.
So, I play it like that.
I'm barring these three and
holding that C note down there.
[MUSIC]
So we've got open, A shape
[MUSIC]
One over three.
[MUSIC]
So those are those notes
we're using there, so.
[MUSIC]
So that's that.
[SOUND] And then your C bar chord,
right there.
[SOUND] Your E shape, your C partial,
[MUSIC].
And then we've repeated ourself all
the way back up to this C shape.
[SOUND] And then
[MUSIC]
So those are all your C
shapes up the neck.
And those are, you're seeing
how all this stuff repeats and
how it's related to each other.
It's just starting at different
positions as you go up the neck.
So with that being said,
we're going to move on to F.
And I'll map out F for you, up in there.
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