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One, two, three.
Two, two, three.
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This is very similar to the lesson we
just did.
But I changes one significant thing, and
that is the left hand position.
Before, we took our familiar E major chord
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we just moved it up to a new position.
But this time, I'm forming a whole new
chord and actually,
that [INAUDIBLE] shape is still in there.
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It's just, I'm using different fingers.
And the reason I'm using different
fingers,
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is because I wanna get
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this bass note and
these two notes all with one finger.
And that's called a bar.
And I remember the first time that my
guitar teacher showed me this bar.
And I thought you've gotta be kidding me.
There's no way that a human finger can
press down and get
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all those notes to, notes to sustain.
It just felt impossible.
And so I wanna show you how it is
possible.
First of all, with practice, it will get
easier.
And second of all, if you follow these,
this advice I think it will make it easier
as well.
I want to show you, first of all, the idea
of,
that your hand can come up and down and
around the neck.
Like, when I'm playing this first chord,
[SOUND] this open E,
my thumb is hanging way over the top
there.
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You can really see it, you know, it's,
it's, it's, it's, it's a lot of thumb on
top of the neck.
When I come and play this ,chord my thumb
is way behind the neck.
And you can see here I've got, my thumb
behind.
That's a lot different than like that.
So, how do I make that happen?
I make it happen by taking this part of my
hand and
sort of rolling it under the neck.
And the more you roll it under, the more,
you know, you can reach really high.
[LAUGH] You can get strings that aren't
even there.
And the more you roll it under, the more
difficult it's gonna be to hit those,
to stretch to the top.
So you can sort of, I mean, this is really
exaggerating just to give you the concept.
But that's what happens is, is, the,
there's a slight shift
in the location of my hand in order to get
those different chords.
So, let's go back to our bar on the 7th
fret.
Initially, I just wanna
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try to hold all those notes down.
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And to do that, I've got my thumb,
again back here, and my, my arm, and all
these,
all these parts are pretty far underneath
the neck.
And that is going to be much easier than
if you're up here,
it's going to be really hard to reach.
So make sure you put it nice and down,
underneath the neck, and
that's going to make it easier to get that
chord.
And so remaining three fingers, you form
your familiar, familiar major shape.
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And
you've got this is actually a B major
chord.
We'll, we'll gradually learn the notes on
the neck as we go here.
This is an E major.
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This is a B major.
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You go down to an A major.
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Now really we're doing the same strumming
pattern that we learned in the last
example.
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But that transition,
this is the thing you're going to have to
work on, is having,
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neck and I really encourage that.
This is going to pay off big to have,
to be able to do that thumb over the neck
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But then, I wanna try,
I wanna change my position here [SOUND] to
have the thumb way lower on the neck.
So that's sorta the trick.
You can just practice that transition if
you want.
[SOUND] just the two chords.
[SOUND] back and forth [SOUND].
And just pay attention to what, where the
location of your thumb and
location of your wrist.
Your wrist is up [SOUND] your wrist is
down [SOUND].
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And once that feels good,
you could rock your rhythm.
One, two, three, two, two, three.
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