Ben’s Blog : Part 9
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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
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.
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
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? ,
(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 www.vGuitarLessons.com/archive. I've put a whole selection of
full-length-video-guitar-lessons with bar chords such as 'Hotel California by
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 s.com/course 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
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