Introduction to Bar Chords


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Introduction to Bar Chords

  1. 1. Ben’s Blog : Part 9 You are a Fast Track member! That means you get a 10% discount when you learn songs from our website. Here is your 10% discount code >>> vgrocks123 <<< Hey, Today I'm going to give you an introduction to quot;Bar chordsquot;. If you understand how these 2 chords shapes work, they will allow you to play practically any song. This lesson is probably the most powerful technique as far as rhythm guitar goes. If you are the type of person who enjoys strumming chords and singing songs, then this lesson is very important for you. If you're not, then this lesson is also very important for you! Because, as well as learning how to use bar chords, we're going to learn the names of the notes on the guitar neck. The reason bar chords are so flexible, is because once you've learned the basic shapes, you can then move them up and down the neck of the guitar to create many different chords. YES - it is as simple as it sounds! As you know, if you look on the internet you will find tabs, lyrics and chords for almost any song ever written. Isn't that cool! So, You already know how to read tab because I taught you that in one of the earlier lessons. We also
  2. 2. learned some chords like A, D, G, E. But what if you see a chord which says C#7, Bm7b5 , G#aug, Ab7sus4 Dbm9 Cmaj7? In this lesson I'm not going explain how to play every chord in the universe, but I am going tell you the most important fundamental principles that will allow you to work out your own chords for yourself. This will give you a much greater flexibility and understanding of how to read and play more interesting chords. BAR CHORDS Ok Folks! Let me tell you a little bit of musical theory which will help you with the bar chords. You probably know, that there are seven notes, A, B, C, D, E, F, G (these are the white notes on a piano). However there are in-between notes called sharps and flats. (These are the black notes on a piano). Sharp means up/higher, flat means down/lower. For example, in between notes A and B is one note which you could call Asharp or Bflat (why both? Who the hell knows?!). Another example, in between F and G is a note you could either call Fsharp or Gflat. (It doesn't matter which one you choose to call it, so don't worry!) Listen up, this bit is important, you need to learn the names of some of the notes on the guitar. We're going to learn only the 6th string and the 5th string because that's what's most important in order to be able to play bar chords. And also, we only need to learn the notes up as far as fret 12. With the mini-video-guitar-lesson, you will get a PDF document with a clear diagram of these notes, so relax and don't worry, I will guide you through every step of the way. It will all make perfect sense when you see the mini- video-guitar-lesson. However, let me make this clear, when you do see the notes on the PDF diagram, I SUGGEST YOU MEMORIZE THEM! You will
  3. 3. make life much easier for yourself if you do. Oh, I almost forgot, there's one other important concept you need to understand. There are two main types of chords, minor and major. Minor sound sadder, major sounds happier. Or let me put it another way, minor sounds serious, major sounds less serious, minor sounds 'neighbours', major sounds 'home and away', (ok I'm getting carried away now!). The truth is, you can't define a sound using words like this, and you have to hear it with you own ears. When you see a chord written with an 'm' , this means 'minor'. E.g. Am = A minor. A = A major So, Would you like to learn these bar chord shapes, which will give you the flexibility to read and play almost any chord? Would you like to be able to play a song just by glancing at a piece of paper with the chords written on? , Ok Good. (If you have been playing for some time already, you may already be familiar with 'bar chords'. If so, I suggest you watch the mini-video anyway) to Watch Your MINI-VIDEO-GUITAR-LESSON 'Bar chords taster'ン (I suggest you do watch it!) click the download link above or below. Once you've watched the mini-video-guitar-lesson, BROWSE THE ARCHIVE at I've put a whole selection of full-length-video-guitar-lessons with bar chords such as 'Hotel California by
  4. 4. the Eagle s', 'Wild thing' and many more. Also, if you have friends who are learning guitar, send them this link www.vGuitarLes s o n becau s e I'm sure they will benefit from this eCourse also. Until next time, keep practising, and enjoy playing guitar no matter what stand ard you are at. I'll see you in a few days with the next segme nt of your eCourse where we'll learn rock 'n' roll / blues style. Rememb er don't make it more complicated than it needs to be, start simple, follow my instructions, and your ability will improve as you continue to practise. Ben Lowrey http://www.vguitarles s on