Barre Chord Theory
Today we take a break from scales and modes to look at something a bit more accessible and practical for most guitar players - Barre Chord Theory.
Most guitar players learn how to play barre chords fairly early on in the quest to play popular songs, but for those of you unfamiliar with the concept of a barre chord I will start off at the beginning.
Barre chords are chords formed by placing the index finger across most or all of the strings on one fret and then using the other fingers to fret the notes of a common open chord position. Most barre chords are formed off of the shapes of the E and A major open chords. The root note is played on the bass string of the chord (the low E for the E shape and the A string for the A shape).
The cool thing about barre chords is that they allow you to play any chord imaginable with only know 2 chord positions. Want to play a G major? Play the E form barre chord at the 3rd fret. What about a C major? 3rd fret-A form.
This technique also allows you to play minor chords. Play an Em shaped barre chord a the 5th fret for an A minor. Or play an A form barre chord at the 5th fret for a D minor.
One thing that alot of people don't realize is that you can make all sorts of other chords from these basic shapes.
Here is a list of the E form barre chords.
Here is a list of all of the A form barre chords.
If you want to try some jazzy chords but you don't know how to play them in an open position just try the barre chord form. (these also work really well for arppeggios)
This was a short but hopefully useful lesson... I will post the next lesson in the mode series soon... In the meantime, keep checking out my sponsors and if you need to order strings, try the online store on the right (sonic strings). They have great bulk prices and the owner is a really nice guy.