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Bar chords easy - insider secret
What is the easiest
way to learn bar chords? Thanks.
A great many chord shapes (in fact all chord shapes that consist of closed strings can be moveable).
The most common *bar chord* shapes are E, Em & E7 also popular are the A, Am & A7 shapes.
The best way to gain an understanding of the potential of moveable shapes is by starting with easy shapes that you already know and building up to the 5 and 6 string versions of the popular bar chord shapes.
Let's take the *D* chord shape as a starting point, the trick with movable chord shapes is to know which note is the keynote in the chord shape. To really get this working the guitarist needs to know the names of the notes and there location on the guitar fretboard, however for the purpose of answering your question please refer to the list below.
The keynote for the *D* chord is located on the second string.
The names of the notes on the second string are as follows:
Second string 1st fret = C
Second string 2nd fret = C#/Db
Second string 3rd fret = D
Second string 4th fret = D#/Eb
Second string 5th fret = E
Second string 6th fret = F
Second string 7th fret = F#/Gb
Second string 8th fret = G
Second string 9th fret = G#/Ab
Second string 10th fret = A
Second string 11th fret = A#/Bb
Second string 12th fret = B
This means that if you made up the *D* chord shape and used a *locked knuckles* approach
(i.e., hold the chord shape and move it all over the guitar without changing the shape).
If you moved the shape so that your finger covered the note *E* on the second string (5th fret - refer to table above), you would be playing an *E* chord (your fingers would be playing a *D* chord shape however your guitar would be producing the sound of an *E* chord.
If you moved the shape so that your finger covered the note *G* on the second string (8th fret - refer to table above), you would be playing an *G* chord (your fingers would be playing a *D* chord shape however your guitar would be producing the sound of an *G* chord.
Remember to only strum the strings that are moveable i.e., the *D* chord is played with 4 strings, however when you move it around you are only moving three strings, therefore you should only strum the three strings you have your fingers on.
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