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Barre Chord Basics: Part IIby John Coco
Now that you have mastered the technique of playing a barre chord, you are ready for some more challenging chord forms. This lesson will focus on the six most commonly played barre chords in contemporary music. Although all of these chords are illustrated at the first fret, you can move them up to the third fret or higher to relieve some of the tension from the nut which will make them easier to play.
Major Chord Forms
Try both chord shapes and make sure you can switch from one to the other easily. Since there are often many ways to finger a chord, I have included an alternate fingering for the Bb chord.
Minor Chord Forms
Notice that the Bbm chord contains the same shape as the F chord, except fingers 2, 3, and 4 are moved over one set of strings towards the treble side.
Dominant 7th Chord Forms
At this point, these barre chord shapes should begin to feel a little more natural to your left hand.
These are the most common barre chord fingerings for the major, minor, and dominant seventh chords. Memorize the fingerings for these chords as well as their root note locations. "Barre Chord Basics, Part III" will show you how to use these chords in a practical setting.
© 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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