Beginning Guitar IV –
and G Position Bar
ChordsLyle: In the "C position" there are these three
basic chords you'll use:
check your tuning
Ok, for the last 4 lessons you learned about the bar chords in the A, E, and D
positions. These "positions" come from the open chord shapes and are moved up
the neck to get to any other chord. Now you need to be aware of two more
shapes/chord positions based off the C and G chords:
C and G
Basic open position C chords
The minor and minor 7 shapes are too hard and are passed
on for now.
Like I've said in the earlier part of this series, bar chords can be tough to
play for many beginners. Think of this as a chord dictionary for you to refer
back on later if these are way to difficult right now.
Lyle: Here's how the open position C chord can be
moved up two frets to make a D chord using a different fingering but retaining
the same shape:
The 6th string is not used for this position. Your index finger has to bar the
1st and 3rd strings.
Lyle: Here's the three main chords you would use
in this position:
The 3 Ds
wondering if it's easier on a electric.. :) pinkie hurts
Lyle: Yes, these chords are much easier to play
on an electric guitar.
Lyle: Here's all the major chord shapes up the
neck for your chord library:
major chords in the C position
The circled note is the bass/root note for each chord. Whatever that note is
when using this shape, is the root of the chord.
Lyle: Here's all the major 7
chords in the C position
The dominant 7 chords, which are the bluesy sounding chords, are easier to play
because you don't have to bar anything but you do have to mute the 1st and 6th
7 chords in the C position
Now I'd like to show you the easier way to play this chord shape. By only using
the 4th, 3rd, and 2nd strings, you can get the same chord with a small
chord in the C position
BigTX: Why are
they called broken?
Lyle: Like if you broke those outside strings and
were only able to play the inside strings. These have no bass/root
just play the middle three?
Lyle: Yes and imagine where the root note is.
I'll show you more on that in a minute.
Lyle: Let's look at the open position G chord
shape and how it can move up the neck:
movable G position chord
These are almost never used in the real world because they're so tough to play
Lyle: You can do the broken version of the
Pretty tough. The other major 7, dominant 7, minor, and minor 7 G position
chords aren't used much using this shape because they are so
Lyle: Here's an example of how the two "broken
shapes" can be used in the real world.
riff example using the broken chords
Now you have learned that the 5 main open position chord shapes, A, C, D, E, and
G, can all be moved up the neck giving you 5 options on where you can play
virtually any given chord.
tommy: Sounds like the Stones.
Lyle: Yes, the Stones, and other R&B rhythm
guitar use these shapes all the time.
Lyle: Here's the plain A major chord played in
all 5 positions up the neck:
A major in 5 positions
Here's the plain C major chord played in all 5 positions up the neck:
C major in 5
Here's the plain D major chord played in all 5 positions up the neck:
D major in 5
Here's the plain E major chord played in all 5 positions up the neck:
E major in 5
Here's the plain G major chord played in all 5 positions up the neck:
G major in 5
That's all for this lesson and series on basics of bar chords. There are many
more chords to learn, but these shown on this CD are the basics you should be
aware of. If you would like me to make you a custom private lesson using this
Riff interactive software, email me for the info: Lyle@theguitar.net. I can help you with
just about anything you want to learn, even help with learning your favorite
songs! Each lesson is archived for you and can be downloaded to your computer.
Thank you very much for purchasing this CD-ROM and hope you enjoyed your time
spent here. See you at the next lesson!
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