Beginner Lesson IV: The Basics

This is part IV in my series Beginner Lesson, The Basics. In this part I will review the past lessons and introduce the barre chord. Once again, please keep in mind, this is the very beginning. There will be no theory, no fretboard work, or ridiculous fingering going on. If you have mastered the first three lessons of this series, then it should go smoothly. Enjoy!

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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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thank u ancientson for the instructions...i still have problem in metronome when switchin chords so i'll keep practicin...lookin forward for wats next
Ednostavno wrote: thank u ancientson for the instructions...i still have problem in metronome when switchin chords so i'll keep practicin...lookin forward for wats next
You're welcome! Don't forget to check out my blog spot for some tips on practicing and other techniques. Hope it all helps! -ancientson
Thanks heaps ancientson. im new to electric guitar and couldn't play much but after reading your lessons im sounding alot better and have somthing to practice. Please keep on uploading lessons.