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Learn The Barres

Steve Cass (14763) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

This is the eighth lesson the Playbook for the Beginner and Beyond series. Barre chord formations for the beginner. We're taking a look at only the E and A moveable chord formations. For a complete listing of all lessons in this series, click the link above or perform a search for lessons under my name.

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To Barre, or Not to Barre...

That is the question! And the answer is...yes. Be able to use full barre chords as well as the open chords. You'll also want to use the Diads and Triads that we used a couple of lessons ago, Dancing Siblings.There will be times when you'll use all of these during one song. But for this lesson, concentrate on learning to use the barre chords only. However, you'll want to compare the sounds the make with the regular open chords of the same name.

Barre chords simply mean that you're using a finger or two to place a barre across the strings. That will become quite apparent here shortly!

Today I'm only concerned about showing you two different groups of barre chords and their offspring. I'm also concerned that it is you who decides what chord it is that you're playing. Yes, once again, I'm wanting to show you mechanically how it's done first. With each barre chord, the bass note and the form of the chord will tell you what chord it is that you're playing. I mean, I'll tell ya what the chord is, but you'll be able to figure out all of them on the guitar after today.