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[MUSIC]
Okay, we're gonna move on
here in the intermediate country
guitar curriculum here.
We're gonna start getting
into some stuff here.
We're gonna start working and
opening up the world of the finger board.
Sot the first thing we're gonna do
to do that, is we're gonna learn our
major chord shapes in this different
positions that I use up the neck.
And once you learn this,
this is a incredible foundation and
fundamental for playing the guitar.
You have to learn this, and it's just
really, really, it's gonna open up so
many doors once you can visualize
these chord shapes up the neck.
Everything I play on the electric guitar
is based out of these chord positions.
Every lick I play I can show you
exactly what chord it comes from.
So this is like,
I can't stress enough how important
it is to know these chord positions.
And not only know them, but really be
able to visualize them in a way that
you can start mapping out and
seeing the keynotes around these shapes.
And we're gonna get into all
of this stuff coming up.
And I'm really going to
focus on making this clear,
because I know how important it is.
So with that being said,
we're just gonna dive right in here.
We're gonna do the major chords up the
neck and then the next lesson after this,
is we're gonna connect the scales with
those cords and we're gonna learn that.
So after these next couple lessons,
you'll have a good understanding of
major chords and scales all the way up and
down the fingerboard.
And this is gonna open up a lot of doors.
You're gonna start seeing all
these stuff come together.
And this is gonna become not so
much uncharted territory for you.
You're gonna start really seeing
how the fretboard works, and
how the fingerboard's laid out.
And everything we've done so
far has been down here in this position.
We've done a few things that have
kind of crept up the neck, but
they were just licks and kind of
working out of the pentatonic shape.
And all the rhythm stuff that we've been
doing has been pretty much open strings,
and some little closed-position stuff.
But now we're gonna really
kind of dive into unlocking
some of the mysteries of
what goes on up here.
So I'm gonna go through
just the basic G chord, and
then we're gonna move to all
the other positions up the neck.
So let's jump in here.
So we've gone over the first G chord
in the beginning curriculum, and
I showed you there's two
different ways to play that.
You can play it like this,
[MUSIC]
and you can play it like this.
[MUSIC]
I like this one,
because there's no thirds in there.
It keeps it nice and clean sound.
So what we're gonna do is,
we're gonna incorporate which,
now we're gonna get into all
the closed position cords.
And this is gonna take some hand strength,
and there's gonna be some stretches
here that are uncomfortable and some stuff
like that, but don't get discouraged.
Everybody goes through that.
This where you build your calluses up,
your hands strength, your stretches.
This is just gonna be a great
foundation and a great fundamental,
and a very necessary topic here that
we're getting ready to get into.
So what we're gonna do, is we're
gonna build onto this open G chord.
And you're gonna see, I'm gonna
explain to you how all these stuff,
the great thing about the guitar is
everything repeats itself up the neck.
So this is gonna be good.
So what I want you to do now,
is look at how I'm doing this chord.
This is the open G chord.
Now the keynotes in this chord,
obviously, are the G on the third fret.
The open strings, the open G, the open D,
and then the fretted E string,
the G note on the high E, same as this,
and then the D note on the B string.
So visualize these fretted notes right
here, and watch what we're gonna do.
We're gonna now bar this,
the third fret with our first finger.
And that's gonna cover this and
it's gonna cover this from the previous
chord, but we're now moving.
Now we're going from this position,
we're moving this finger in here to where
now we've got these fingers to cover
that section of the finger board.
So what we're gonna do is,
we're gonna move this triad,
[MUSIC]
is actually gonna become
[MUSIC].
So it repeats itself.
So this open D, G, and
B that repeats itself right here,
because on the fifth fret
you have unison strings.
So D is here, [SOUND] and
it's also here, [SOUND] G, [SOUND] B.
[SOUND] B, you have to move down cuz
of the way that the guitar is tuned.
[SOUND] And then on the fifth fret,
[SOUND] E, [SOUND] and A.
So this is part of how
the guitar repeats itself.
So it's all about the positions.
So that's how we move up
the neck comfortably.
So here's your open, here's your bar,
so we're gonna bar this.
We're gonna fret on
the fifth fret with the ring
finger on the A string,
the D note right here.
[SOUND] And this is part of where
the block pattern comes in,
we're working out of with the C and
the F and the B on previous lessons.
So we're gonna use that concept
right here, [SOUND] but
then we're gonna add in the third,
[SOUND] and
that's B on your G string,
fourth fret with your middle finger.
That's, [SOUND] and then these two notes,
[SOUND] from your previous chord,
those are gonna finish up the chord.
[MUSIC]
And that's probably the hardest bar chord
that you're gonna make
in the world of guitar,
because you're have the bar this entire
six strings with your first finger.
And what I'm doing is,
if you can see the back,
I've moved my thumb to the back here and
it's creating like a clamp.
So I'm clamping down,
it's like creating a capo effect and
we'll get into that later too,
but we're barring that and
then we're adding this shape and
it's like an E shape.
Because if this was another fret here,
we would play E like this.
Because you'd have to bar that.
So E, F, F sharp, G.
So we've got this position.
We've got this position.
[MUSIC]
Now watch, we're gonna take this position
and we're gonna visualize
these two notes right here.
And we're gonna go down here and
we're gonna play this like,
we're gonna play these two
notes with our first finger and
then look what's that's doing.
[MUSIC]
That's enabling these fingers to now
take over that much more
of the finger board.
So we're moving down into our third
position G, which is a D shape,
essentially.
[MUSIC]
Built off of this chord, but
we're just gonna play this middle half
of it because I'm going to show you
how this works.
So we're barring these two,
the G string, I mean the D string,
G note on the fifth fret,
[MUSIC]
the D note on the A string on the fifth
fret,
[MUSIC].
The E note on the G string
with our ring finger, and
then the G note all the way up here,
[SOUND] with our little finger.
That's the A fret.
[SOUND] So we're gonna go,
[MUSIC]
and that's a partial G chord.
But it's based on your D shape,
[SOUND] right there.
So that's how this repeats.
I mean, that's your D chord, [SOUND] but
as this moves up, D,
D sharp, E, F, F sharp, G.
So each one of these shapes, A [SOUND],
they all move up and
they all repeat themselves.
So once you gt into the closed position,
once you learn your chords and
your scales around these positions,
you're gonna know them everywhere.
And that's the good news about
the guitar is everything repeats itself.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So a little light at
the end of the tunnel there for
you as we like to say.
That's something that is
kind of almost a relief.
You go wow,
there are all these chord positions.
But luckily, once you see them,
once you see
each chord position, it's just repetition,
it's the same thing.
E is moving up.
Your C shape is moving up.
Your D shape is moving up.
Your A shape is moving up.
So that's the beauty of the guitar.
So we're going to play this
partial G like this [SOUND].
And we're looking at
the middle four strings here.
But we're seeing that this is
also it's a D shape as well.
But we're just playing this part of it.
So we've got open, closed, bar chord.
D position partial right here.
[SOUND] And you can put the third on it.
[SOUND] Right there.
[SOUND] And we'll get more into these,
I'm just doing the simple
basic ones right now.
[SOUND] I mean, so that's your D shape.
[SOUND] But
we're just playing the partial.
[SOUND] Which is those four strings.
[SOUND] And
then now we're gonna visualize this and
see that those two notes are gonna,
we're gonna switch position and
go, these two notes
are gonna stay the same.
We're gonna switch these
fingers there now, so
now we're playing the D
position G [SOUND] right there.
But we're gonna add [SOUND]
those notes that made this,
your G and your B out of that chord,
those now are moving all the way up here.
So those repeat.
So we're taking that, and
we're moving it to this,
which is like your C shape because
if you got a capo right there,
you would just play a C chord and
it would be a G.
So we're taking this partial,
and we're moving it up to where
these notes here are now
played by these two fingers.
And then that gives you this
much more of the fingerboard for
these fingers to play in this position.
So this is your C shape [SOUND], so
it's those two notes ,it's
G on the eighth fret.
Your first finger on the E note,
G string of the seventh fret.
[SOUND] B on the D string
with your ring finger.
[SOUND] And then your little
finger on the G string.
A string, G note, right there,
which is your tenth fret.
So this is what that chord looks like and
sounds like.
[SOUND] And you can bar that
if you want to bar that and
make that your D shape there,
[SOUND] but it's essentially a C shape.
So it's a C shape here and then that
is actually the part of the D shape,
[SOUND] so that's that chord,
I'm gonna call it the C shape.
So so far we've got open G, G bar chord,
G partial right there D shape and
then C shape here [SOUND].
And then we are gonna take up
where this left off with this
note your G anchor right here
with your little finger.
We're gonna put your first finger
there on the tenth fret, and
then we're gonna bar
with your ring finger.
[SOUND] Right on the 12th fret [SOUND],
those notes, B, G and
D and then G right there.
So this is your G bar chord,
this is your A position,
because if there was a capo there,
you would just play A like that.
So this is your G A position bar chord,
and it's G, D,
G, B, and that's that chord.
So far we've got open bar chord,
partial, C Shape,
A Shape, and
now we gonna do an A shape with one
over three, which is a little complicated.
So we're gonna go whole step,
slide up whole step and
then bar that and this is gonna
be our open G shape essentially
because [SOUND] that's we
are playing these two notes.
[SOUND] So
we have repeated the whole thing now.
We have gone all the way
down here to where.
That's our G shape if we played [SOUND]
if we played that, that's our G.
So that's what that looks like and
this is like one,
two, three ring finger right there.
[SOUND] That's that chord, and then you
can do [SOUND] that also, which is,
On your, 15, let's see,
12, 13, 14, 15th fret.
I get confused with those, with the frets,
I don't know the numbers right off
the top of my head That's 15 fret.
So little finger's barring G and D there.
So [SOUND] that's your full A shape and
then that part, too.
So I'm saying A shape, but then if
you play that, that's your G shape.
But you would never play
that high note up there.
It's just It's too much to try to grab
that, and doesn't sound good way up there.
But that part is,
you really need to visualize that,
because when we do the scales,
[MUSIC]
this will all make sense.
So that's your G,
those are your major chord forms in G.
[SOUND] And just visual those,
practice them,
look how one connects where one leaves
off so that's how I describe it.
You're connecting the dots here so
literally that note here turns into this,
these notes turn into this [SOUND].
These two notes here are shifted up to
where you are still playing these but
you've.
You've taken this part of the finger
board and moved it up to here.
These two, [SOUND] they repeat
themselves right there.
So that's part of that chord.
So nothing's unrelated here,
it's very connected, so, that's there.
Now you move to that position.
That position, and then that position,
and then all the way back up
here to your bar chord again.
So at the 12 fret, it all repeats.
So the 12th fret is the mark
where anything you've done down
here will be repeated.
Start right here and go on up.
So that's G.
[MUSIC]