Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer VI

So you just bought a guitar. Now what? This is the sixth instalment in my series of guitar lessons to get you from beginner to virtuoso as quickly as humanly possible. In this lesson, I'm going continue to showing you how to wield the mighty sword that is a Barre Chord. Learn, practice, play.

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Ok, I'm back righteous defenders of the faith. I took a little hiatus for a bit there, but I haven't forgotten about your thirsty little minds and achy fingers. Hopefully you've taken this time to read my other articles and digest some of the note-meal I have served up thus far. As usual, tune up, warm up and brace yourself. I am going to discuss some more chord concepts to get you jamming with others, learning new songs and hopefully writing some songs of your own. This is kind of a continuation of the Barre Chord lesson I wrote previously. Since you understand the concept of Barre Chords, I'm going to show you a few more things to get you going. At this point you should be familiar with how to form Major and Minor Chords on the Low E String. Before we saunter on, lets find all of the notes on the A String: A | A# | B | C | C# | D | D# | E | E# | F | F# | G | G# | A *Once again, the first A is the open string, the A# (A sharp) is the first fret on the A string, B is the second fret on the A String, ect Moving along, this is a Major Shape for the A String (Notice how I said a Major Shape' this is because there are others, but I will discuss those at a later date). This is a D Major Chord on the A String:
e|--5--|
b|--7--| 
g|--7--| 
d|--7--| 
a|--5--|
E|-----|
Once again, focus on the pattern of this chord. Additionally, do not strum or pick the Low E String. This may take some practice to get accustomed to, so dry those tears with blankie, use two hands with your sippy cup and try again. The fingering (insert creepy snicker here) for this chord is as follows:
e|--5--|  Index Finger
b|--7--|  Pinky Finger
g|--7--|  Ring Finger
d|--7--|  Middle Finger
a|--5--|  Index Finger
E|-----| 
Now that you have that under your belt, lets try for a slightly easier Minor Shape on the A String. Lets try a C# Minor:
e|--4--|
b|--5--| 
g|--6--| 
d|--6--| 
a|--4--|
E|-----|
Once again, again, focus on the shape! The reason for this is because these shapes are movable and can be slid up and down the fretboard to make other chords. The fingering should be evident here, so I will skip it. If you haven't grasped this by now, butt out the spliff for now, and pay attention. You have learned a D Major Chord, but what if you needed an E Major Chord? Well guess what, you don't have to learn a new chord! Just use the D Major Chord shape below:
e|--5--|
b|--7--| 
g|--7--| 
d|--7--| 
a|--5--|
E|-----|
And then move it up to the seventh fret as such:
e|--7--|
b|--9--| 
g|--9--| 
d|--9--| 
a|--7--|
E|-----|
Now you are holding an E Major chord. It's as simple as that. The same goes for the Minor Chord shape I just showed you. Lets turn that C# Minor into E Minor:
e|--4--|
b|--5--| 
g|--6--| 
d|--6--| 
a|--4--|
E|-----|
Becomes an E Minor by moving the shape to:
e|--7--|
b|--8--| 
g|--9--| 
d|--9--| 
a|--7--|
E|-----|
Just like that, you have learned how to play movable Major and Minor chords on the E and A string. You have officially been bestowed the tools necessary to play 99.99% of songs ever written. You're welcome. Now go and learn some songs slacker!

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    Krasen
    Before we saunter on, lets find all of the notes on the A String: A | A# | B | C | C# | D | D# | E | E# | F | F# | G | G# | A
    actually there is no E#
    Ich 666
    Thanks for your lesson - awesome as always. Will there be a part VII?
    Wankysweater
    Thanks for the comments guys! I kinda slowed down a bit with the lessons, but I will definitely keep pumping them out!
    nuvano
    Great lessons and the jokes make it almost easier to understand what ur saying