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Barre Chord Basics: Part IIIby John Coco
This is the final article in the "Barre Chord Basics" series. This time, we'll focus on how to use the barre chords that you've learned in a practical setting. After reading through this article, you should be able to play most simple songs that you encounter. Before getting into playing, there are a few last concepts that need clarification.
Prefix and Suffix
Armed with a fair amount of barre chord knowledge, you are ready to move the chord forms around the fretboard. Remember, as you move the chord form up the neck the prefix changes but the suffix does not. For example, an F major barre chord moved to the third fret becomes G major. The following chord chart shows you the barre chord shapes that you have learned so far, and what chord they become when you move them up the neck.
This chart is pretty simple to use. You can determine how to play any chord on the chart by applying a couple of simple rules.
1. Determine which chord you wish to play. For example, lets choose an A7 chord.
Use this process to figure out a few barre chords. Make sure that you try some from each column to ensure that you use every chord shape and fingering.
Now try playing the chords to Dark Eyes. This is a good song to start with because it contains major, minor and dominant chords.
Now that you have some experience with barre chords you are ready to grab your favorite songbook and give it a shot. I hope that you have enjoyed this series of articles!
© John Coco 2004
John Coco actively performs in a variety of ensembles in the New York area. In addition to private instruction, John teaches several guitar and improvisation classes, devoting the balance of his time to composing and arranging for guitar. He is currently working on a jazz etude book, which will feature intermediate level solos written over standard chord progressions. John is a published author who has written extensively about the guitar and music education. In addition to writing for Guitar Sessions, he has been published in the New York State School Music Association magazine The School Music News, and is currently writing for Just Jazz Guitar magazine. He is frequent guest on "The Great American Guitar Show" which features many of New York's finest jazz guitarists.
About the Author:
John received a B.S. in Music Education from Hofstra University.
John Coco plays a 1946 D'Angelico Excel. John is a GHS and Intellitouch Tuner endorsee.
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