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Rock Guitar Lessons: A String Bar Chords

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One, two, three, four.
All right, in previous lessons we've
talked about cowboy chords, chords that
have open strings.
But I'm gonna play some chords where we
don't use open strings, and
this gives us a lot of possibilities for,
for new chords.
So this one, I'm using that bar, and we
did a little bit of barring previously to
make these kind of chords in previous
But this one I'm gonna do a bar.
With the root on the A string, the root is
the bass note and
tells us what key that chord is in.
Now this one is an E minor seventh
chord [SOUND] and I found a pretty cool
rhythm for
it its got lots of chicka chickas.
And these chikka chikkas.
Actually I am sort of instead of putting
my whole hand over there which is
my chicka rule, I'm compromising my, my
chicka mute a little bit,
and just keeping my chord shape, but
lightly pressing down.
So there's a little bit of noise in there
[SOUND] but it's worth it,
because I have to get back to that chord
so quickly [SOUND] and
also when I chicka chicka I can mute with
this part of my hand [SOUND] and
that way [SOUND] you know, even with the
strings wide open [SOUND] they're muted.
So I'm always, you know, trying to mute
with any part that I can, any combination
of left-hand muting and right-hand muting
as you keep this nice and tight and clean.
Now, there's actually two chords here.
There's the E Minor 7th that I showed you
[SOUND], and
then we're briefly taking our second and
third fingers off.
Getting sort of the equivalent of the open
but of course we're up on the seventh fret
making the strings ring out.
So this is a really good test to see if
you can hold those down.
And again,
to make that happen, gonna make sure that
our thumb has gone down a bit on the neck.
To give us enough pressure to do that and,
to give our wrist position to be able to
reach those notes.
So if you're having trouble, make sure
that your hand's not up like this.
You wanna make sure it's nice and down
like that.
All right, so.
All right, so again, all our strumming
that we've done so
far in these examples has really come into
To be able to just hear this.
And you, you should be able to play it
pretty intuitively without having to, take
it all apart.
I guess at the end.
I just wanna pay attention to the strokes
on the accents, which are down up,
[SOUND] down up and then back, for the
down stroke and for the beginning of it.
So down.
Down, up, down, down, up, down, down,
up, down, and the rest is just a nice
strummy chicka chickas.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
All right.
I'm sure you've heard a major scale before
some time in your life.
But I don't want to play the scale,
I want to play the chord version.
is one of the first things that I learned.
When I went to music school and became an
educated musician.
And these chords are, have been really
useful to me.
When I first learned them,
This, by the way, is a C major 7th.
I thought, I don't know.
That sounds kinda jazzy.
You know, I'm a rock player.
Will I ever use that?
And I did.
It's in all kinds of songs.
And, and the more that I played it the
more I began to recognize it in the songs
I was trying to learn.
So, I wanna show this to you
beginning with the first chord.
The C-major 7th.
The D-minor 7th.
The E-minor 7th.
Which is the same shape.
The F-major 7th.
A G dominant 7th.
I played guitar for
eight years before I learned a dominant
seventh chord, so.
You get to,
you get to jump way ahead of me.
By learning that dominant seventh chord.
Then another minor seventh chord in A.
Now this is a complicated set of
words here.
A minor seven flat five.
But don't be scared by the,
by the verbiage because it's only four
There's more syllables in, mi,
minor seven, flat five.
There's six syllables in that but there's
only four notes.
If you come up with a simpler word,
half diminished, actually that's another
And then, we're back to our octave.
So let's listen to those again in order.
Without all the talking.
Here we go.
And that sounds a lot like a major scale.
these really opened up the door to me
to play a lot of songs that were
originally played on piano.
Because these are more complicated chords.
They're seventh chords.
They have an additional note, compared to
most cowboy chords.
They sound a little bit jazzy at first,
but as you get into it these are really
All right.
So I hope you can put up with that little
bit of jazz and and play them.
Now to practice these, let's try them in
And they're, they're chords so the, you
you're going to have to re-finger a lot of
things here.
This is really good finger exercise.
So do it slow at first.
Let's try it at a nice slow tempo like,
one, two, three, four.
All right, that's a great way to practice
And I would start now.
These are gonna pay off big in the future.
So make to get these chords under your
fingers and comfortable.
You can,
And if you wanna play with a little bit,
little bit of jazzy things,
you can step out of the box and do that as
But I guarantee you these,
you, you're gonna, you're gonna find these
rock and pop tunes.
And, get a lot of use out of your chords,
with the A string in the base [SOUND].
One, two, three, four.
One, two,
three, four