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Guitar bar chords (barre chords)
Always remember when you play guitar chords, have your fingers
fret the chords as close to the fret as possible.
We will begin by explaining the E chord.
This guitar chord is very
important because it can easily be converted to many bar chords. When you
bar the E chord, it has now been converted to a movable major
chord. You can now play over 15 different chords by moving this root 6, E bar
chord to different positions of the guitar.
The E 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.
The open E chord
The chord is now the
F chord after being barred at first
Tablature for the F Chord.
The first image to the left is
the E major chord. The second image is the F major chord. Notice the
index finger is behind the 1st fret and the other fingers have the same
fingering as the open E chord. The note on the first fret Low
E 6th string is
the F note. Look Below. Also note that the index finger is close to the
This type of bar chord is determined by the note on the 6th string
which is the Low E string. Root 6 bar chord
Look at the image above and
notice the F note at the 1st fret 6th string, or Low E
notice the index finger to the left covering that fret. Since the index
finger is on the 1st fret F note, it is now the F chord.
If you moved this same fingering to the 3rd fret it would become the
G chord. Look above and notice the note at the 3rd fret Low
E 6th string. It
is the G note.
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.
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