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Rock Guitar Lessons: Bus Fare for the B7

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One, two, three, four.
All right.
Legend has it, that the Beatles when they
were teenagers,
were in search of new chords.
And they heard a rumor that a guy across
town knew a B7 chord.
And, I'm gonna save you the bus fare and
show you the B7 chord right now.
It's a valuable chord.
And, it has the second finger closest to
the sky,
which is a good way to remember it.
And it's good technical practice, because
it uses your pinky.
And you gotta sort of squeeze in all your
Pretty close there to make it happen.
It's not quite as spread out as some of
the other chords are.
So let's hear it in context.
I've got some other new chords for you as
We've got an E minor.
Should be pretty easy to play,
cuz it's very similar to the E major.
In, in the shape.
You just need one less finger.
And then we've got our C that we're used
to playing.
Our G.
Now, you may have noticed I'm using a
slightly different fingering
for the G here.
There's, you can play the same notes with
different fingers.
We've played it like this in the past.
With our second finger on top.
Or you can re-finger it.
With your third finger on top.
I do both.
It really depends on what comes before it,
what comes after it.
Sometimes I'll even use my thumb on top.
there's all different ways of doing it.
But in this case, because my third finger
is already.
There for the C chord,.
To me, it's just sort of convenient to.
Drop it down for the G chord.
That way I can keep the third finger
highest toward the sky on both of
those chords.
It does require kind of a radical left
hand position with my wrist.
My wrist is way, way over there.
To make it happen.
So, but it works.
That's my, one of my favorite G chords.
So let's hear this again.
E minor.
And I'm putting a little, a little,
a cool little syncopation on there.
Now, let's see what's happening there.
I'm going down, up and
then stopping it with my thwump.
And then I'm doing two up strokes, so.
Down, up, up, down.
Or let me see.
Yeah, let me play it again.
Sometimes it's just easier to play it.
As, as long as you have that strumming
rhythmic grid flowing underneath your,
your song.
One, two, three, four
There we go.
So to me,
this is one of the most satisfying things
that you can do on any guitar.
Whether I'm using kind of an acoustic
sound by turning my volume down.
But, to get a big huge.
Chord like that, that's really,
that sounds like a guitar.
That, that's such a great sound.
So, I really encourage you to play these
Learn as many chords as you can.
These are all chords, so far that we've
That use open strings.
And some, sometimes they're referred to as
cowboy chords.
Cuz they're all, they'd all tend to be
down in this part.
And a lot, a lot of the cowboys, cowboy
You know?
I'm sitting on my horse.
You have that kind of [LAUGH].
Just made up my own cowboy song.
They use those kind of chords.
I apologize for that.
But that's an example of my cowboy song
using cowboy chords.
And, the cowboy chords are in all kinds of
great pop and rock songs.
And, and blues just, it's,
it's such a big part of playing guitar is
learning those chords.
We've already learned a bunch of them.
And in this one, we've learned our
Our C-major, which we already knew.
A new fingering for our G-major.
And unlike The Beatles who had to pay to
ride on
the bus across town to learn the B7.
We've learned it here.
As an extra bonus with the other chords.
One, two, three, four.