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(@the-dali)
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30/07/2010 5:18 pm  

What happened to direction of this thread?!! :lol:

-=- Steve"If the moon were made of ribs, would you eat it?"


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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30/07/2010 10:42 pm  

What happened to direction of this thread?!! :lol:

I think it needed refreshment, and wandered off in the direction of the nearest barre for a stiff drink..... :roll: probably a fifth.....

Yeah, it did wander a little off-topic - but here's a little tip for those who want to make a start on barre chords. Start by playing an E chord with your 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers instead of your 1st, 2nd and 3rd - after a week or so, maybe longer - depending on practise time - muscle memory will start to kick in. Your fingers will remember that shape, and from there it's not a huge step to getting the barre across with your index finger - practise changing from E to F, then E to G, then E to A, then E to B. Then do the same with the A chord - instead of 1st 2nd and 3rd fingers, make it with your 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers. Again, practise changing from A to Bb, then A to C, then A to D, then A to E.

You may find it easier to play the A chord with a half-barre - try it with the A chord, put your 3rd finger across the D G and B strings at the second fret, and either lift it slightly so's the first string rings out, or mute that first string by letting the 3rd finger rest slightly on it.

BUT - don't forget to practise the open A chords and open E chords with the normal 1-2-3 fingering. Kinda like that G chord - most times, you'll play it with your 1st 2nd and 3rd fingers - other times, you'll want to play it with your 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers, so's you can change from a G to a G7 chord with the minimum of effort.

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@apache)
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01/08/2010 10:57 am  

Start by playing an E chord with your 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers instead of your 1st, 2nd and 3rd - after a week or so, maybe longer - depending on practise time - muscle memory will start to kick in. Your fingers will remember that shape, and from there it's not a huge step to getting the barre across with your index finger - practise changing from E to F, then E to G, then E to A, then E to B. Then do the same with the A chord - instead of 1st 2nd and 3rd fingers, make it with your 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers. Again, practise changing from A to Bb, then A to C, then A to D, then A to E.

Thanks Vic - that sounds like an excellent idea :-)


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(@wooddog)
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19/09/2010 4:26 pm  

You could do a search for 99% of any song from the 60's and the basic chord progressions are good exercise when beginning to learn bar chords.

If you have a love for singing learn to play guitar and sing at the same time.


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