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

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We've done major chord
shapes up the neck in G and
A, and then D.
And now we're going to do E and
then we're gonna do C and F,
and I'll complete our major
chord shapes up the neck, and
I'll explain a little bit about B, too.
Because we're not gonna go through
all that, cuz it's the same.
When we get to the end of this, you're
gonna see how all this stuff relates and
you'll see that to do B,
you just do C down a half step and
it's the exact same thing.
I mean, all this stuff,
all the flat keys, everything.
They all repeat themselves
with these chord shapes.
So right now, we're gonna do E and
we're gonna start hear and
play our opening chord.
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And then right there,
this is the open E chord.
But it's our E shape.
So if there was another fret here,
I'd have to play this with a bar.
So we go E.
And then if you go up and
you bar it, that's F.
F sharp, G, G sharp, A.
So that's how all this
stuff just repeats right up
the neck with all these
different positions and
what the goal is to be able to play
these clearly and just relax, of course.
And the other thing that I want you
to do with these chord shapes and
I'll just keep saying it is
please visualize the chord.
Really know that that chord looks like.
If you're playing an A right here,
I want you to be able to see it and
map it out without even putting
your hand on the finger board.
That's how well you should
know these chord shapes,
because it is everything when
we get into these other lessons
in the later intermediate and advanced
where we really plan some complex.
Like chicken picking and double stops,
steel bends and all this kind of stuff,
all of that.
You might think it's scales and
licks and stuff like that, but
I can trace everything I do on
the guitar with this country style.
I can trace it all back to
what chord it came from and
how it came out of the chord position.
It's a great way to play,
because you've got so many.
Once you know these home bases up and
down the fret board, you're gonna be good.
You're gonna be able to play all up and
down the finger board, and
not be lost, and not be up here, and go.
Well, there's an A here.
But then I know that my D is there.
You'll know there's an A there.
There's a D there.
There's an E there and
there's an A there and
we're gonna go over all that stuff too.
So with that being said, let's do E.
Get back to that.
So there's your open E.
So when you take D and
go up a whole step, there's E.
So we're gonna play that partial
that we've been playing,
which is a part of that chord and
a part of your one over three.
So we're just gonna play that partial
chord, which is I'm expanding on this and
I'm just bringing that up to there.
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Now, I'm gonna leave that where that
left off and add that and
there's our C shape and
then I'm gonna go where my pinkie was.
I'm gonna do the same that we've
been doing in the other keys.
I'm gonna go right there to my A shape.
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The one over three that we've been doing.
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That chord.
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And then bam, right to the E bar chord and
we've repeated ourself already in E.
We're already up to the twelfth fret.
So.
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That's all E,
all the way up
the neck.
And then once you get up here,
I didn't go over that very much.
But that is the exact carbon copy
of this part of the fret board.
So once you get to the 12th fret,
everything else repeats down here and
we'll get into that more when we
get into scales and you'll learn.
I'll spend more time mapping out this
fingerboard as well above the 12th fret.
So that's mapping out the chord shapes
up the neck in E and it's the same
grips, and
the same shapes as all the other keys.
So now, we're gonna go to C and
then we're gonna do F after that and
then we'll move on to some other stuff.
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