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DCMarshall
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I'm familiar with the E and A Shaped Barre Chords (and can actually play them at this point, which is nice progress for me!). I'm wondering if/what other "movable chord shapes/fingerings" there are that should be learned in addition to the traditional open and barre chord fingerings. Thanks for any help you can provide!

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art&lutherie
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The only other ones I use are variations of those two, the Em barre and the Am barre. Call me simple but hey a G barre seems ridiculous.

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Ignar Hillström
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A lot of chords are movebale without barres. Some examples:

Cm7b5 [x 3 4 3 4 x]
C9 [x 3 2 3 3 x]
C9#[x 3 2 3 4 x]
Cm9 [x 3 1 3 3 x]
C7 [x 3 2 3 1 x]


   
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ldavis04
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Lots of moveable barre chords shapes....C, A, G, E, D, Em, Am, Dm, Emaj7, Cmaj7, Amaj7, Dmaj7, Em7, Am7, Dm7...and the list goes on and on.....

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Musenfreund
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A good way to get started with this is to look at the book Fretboard Logic by Bill Edwards. It will walk you not only through A and E shaped barres, but through the C, G, and D shaped barres. That's a good place to begin. If you do a web search using the terms "caged system", you'll find a variety of lessons as well. But the quality varies. Fretboard Logic is an inexpensive book (around $10) that explores the system in depth.

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ak_guitar
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These videos show a few movable barres:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/features/steal_this_video_barre_chords_pt1.html

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/features/steal_this_video_barre_chords_pt2.html

In fact the whole "Steal this Video" series on this site is good.

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jwishart77
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Another cool thing is to play the movable barre chords, but without the barre. It gives a really nice open rining sound to the chords. It doesn't work on every fret though...

Try playing 7 9 9 6 0 0 EDIT: whoops, i meant 7 9 9 8 0 0 ............

Or try playing an open C or open E and moving it up the fretboard. Play the open C then move it up 2 frets. Try moving it around to other frets - some of them will sound good, some of them won't!


   
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DCMarshall
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Thanks for all the advice and suggestions. I've been doing things like moving the "open D chord" shape and other "shapes" up and down the fretboard, and just wondering how to assign a particular chord to it. I suppose once I learn the CAGED system, etc. I'll be able to do just that. Thanks again!


   
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