Guitar Bar Chords

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Guitar bar chords (barre chords)

We will begin by explaining the E major chord. This guitar chord is very important because it can be easily converted to play all major chords.

The E type bar chord is a Root 6 bar chord, which means the chord is determined by the note on the 6th string. Remember the 6th string is the Low E string. Look at the illustration below.

E major guitar chord

The open E guitar chord 

F major chord after being
barred at first fret. 

Tablature for the F bar Chord.


Look at the F major bar chord above and notice the index finger covering each note on the 1st fret. The root 6 bar chord is determined by the note on the low E string. The 1st fret low E string would be the F note, it is now the F chord. 

If you moved this same fingering to the 3rd fret it would become the G chord.

Moving this fingering to the 8th fret would be the C chord. The 10th fret would be the D chord. Remember I told you earlier that everything repeats after 12 frets. That goes for scales and chords too. The 12th fret would be the E chord. Look at the image below, it shows the notes on the Low E string. Root 6 bar chords are determined by this note.

Guitar fret board notes of the guitar

The YouTube video below uses the electric guitar to explain root 6 bar chords, major and minor. You will also learn root 5 bar chords, major and minor and power chords.

The youTube video below explains the root 6 bar chord on acoustic guitar.

Now you have learned that you can easily convert the open E chord to the movable bar chord and play over 15 different chords on the guitar. The root 6 or E bar chord is determined by the note on Low E 6th string. Play this chord in every fret possible along the Low E string and note which chord it would be. More root 6 minor and major bar chords. Use these bar chords to play a progression. 

Good Luck,

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