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IV - Lesson 4
Bar Chord Exercises
Welcome everyone! The last few lessons have been about some of the basic bar
chords, the moveable ones that you can play up and down the neck. This lesson is
filled with exercises to help you get better at remembering where the main bar
chords are located.
Lyle: Here's your first exercise using minor bar
chords in the E and A positions:
Notice in exercise 1 it starts with Cm off the 5th string then you play another
Cm off the 6th string.
Lyle: Here's the same type of exercise, but using
Next is the major chords:
Now let's mix up those major chords a
Those are all good exercises for you to practice because you get to see and hear
the relationships of the bar chords in the E and A positions.
Next is a combination of minor and major chords, much like you would use in a
can tell you're all busy practicing because there isn't much chatter...
Al: My left
hand is cramping, I can barely type now :-)
Here's a rather long progression of minor and major chords for you to
tommy: Can you
put together a dark evil progression?
Lyle: Yes, try using minor chords to do that.
Minor chords have a dark and moody sound to them.
Joel: Yeah Lyle, one can almost make up Celtic Ballads
with minor chords I think, it's cool sad depressing stuff.. ;)
Here's my minor moody example I just made for you:
The last exercise for you is based on the dominant 7 chords. These are the
bluesy sound chords:
Now I'd like to show you a basic blues progression that uses a combination of
these chords such as the minor, major, and dominant
chords seem to be the beginning of a 1-4-5 progression
John, exercise 7 goes from 1 - 4, 1 - 4 all the way up the
Lyle: Once you learn the chord progression, try
playing along to this looping jam track:
Jam Track in Em
Here's another way and place to play the chords for that last blues
Al: Is the
timing right on that last blues
Lyle: Yes, the rhythm is a little different for
blues progression 2.
Lyle: That's all for this lesson. You have a lot
to practice with these bar chord exercises. These will help you build up wrist
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