# Beginner Lesson IV: The Basics

author: ancientson date: 07/27/2011 category: for beginners
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```E|--5--------
B|--5--------
G|--5-------
D|--7--------
A|--7-------
E|--5--------```
In a nutshell, your index finger is spanning across all six strings, then your other fingers follow and create the chord. I want to start slow and get you used to playing multiple strings with one finger. Try this exercise; take your index finger and place it across the high E and B strings at the fifth fret. Now play only those two notes: Exercise I:
```E|---5-------
B|---5------
G|---------
D|----------
A|---------
E|----------```
Can you hear both notes? Here are some tips: Keep your hand straight. You finger should be even with the frets. Remember, this is not creating a barre chord, I am just getting you used to that feeling and toughening up your fingers and hands. You should be using the pads of your fingers, not the tips. If you can get past this part, move on to the G string, like so:
```E|--5--------
B|--5--------
G|--5-------
D|-----------
A|-----------
E|------------```
Once you can get this down, move up to the next string and the next until you can play all strings at the fifth fret. Please do not kill yourself on this exercise! Remember the death grip? Let's avoid that and just start small. Are you still using your tennis ball? The one thing that is very important to point out is that the further up the neck you are, for instance at the eighth fret, your index finger will be straight, but once you start moving down your index finger will curve a bit. That is fine!!! That is just the nature of your hand. Are you ready to add the other notes? Now, take your ring finger and place it on the A string seventh fret, then place your pinky below it on the D string seventh fret. Like so: A minor barre chord:
```E|--5--------i
B|--5--------i
G|--5--------i
D|--7--------p
A|--7--------r
E|--5--------i```
IV) Conclusion I kept this lesson short for a reason; there will be a lot of practice with the barre chords. Please, please, please start slow! I do not want anyone getting hurt or discouraged. These are not difficult chords, just different. Remember to go through all that you have learned and to keep practicing. The next lessons are going to be more difficult and challenge you. I can not wait!!! Next lesson......just wait and see! Once again, any questions feel free to contact me! Peace everyone! -ancientson
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