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Guitar bar chords (barre chords)
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.
Here's a Video explaining root 6, root 5, E and A type bar chords.
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 fret.
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.
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