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Learning to play the Blues     For Guitar Teachers and Students

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C - First we are going to use a Bar Chord Starting with this one A Major The RED Numbers are the fingers to use You Bar across the neck with the 1st finger

A - Now we need some chords to start getting into the Blues.  

There are basically several types of chords we can use.


Open chords, Bar chords and movable chords.  We want to know and use all of these.


Open chords are basically chords in the first three frets, so are easy to play

  

Bar chords are chords that can be played anywhere up or down the neck of the guitar, and are a bit more difficult for beginners but with a little practice you can do them


Movable chords can also be played anywhere up or down the neck of the guitar and are usually easier than bar chords

B - For more information on Chord Structures go to Guitar Chords for Beginners or Download the FREE App Guitar Chords for Beginners app  It is App number 2

D1 - Practice this Bar Chord till you are comfortable

With it and practice it in different positions up and down the neck of the guitar


This chord played on the 5th fret is A Major.

If you moved it up one fret the 6th fret, it is now the chord of A# or Bb Major (A sharp or Bb Major)

If you moved the chord up another fret the 7th fret it is now the Chord of B Major up one more fret the 8th fret is now a C Major chord


NOTE: If you need to understand the basics of practical theory (Basically the A-B-C of music) I recommend you first go to Easy Practical Theory now


OR Download the free app Easy Practical Theory

A Major Bar Chord E1 - Our second Chord is a variation of our  first chord A Major. This is an A 7 chord  The RED Numbers are the fingers to use You Bar across the neck with the 1st finger F - Our third chord is Movable Chord C 7 The RED Numbers are the fingers to use X = Dampen the 1st and 5th strings with the fingers 1 2 3 4 X X A 7 Bar Chord D 7 Movable Chord X X E 7 Movable Chord G - Our fourth chord is a Movable Chord D 7 chord But moved up two frets to become an E 7 chord X = Dampen the 1st and 5th strings with the fingers

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Practice all these Chords till you are very comfortable with them and with all the changes from one chord to the other chords, also practice them in different positions up and down the neck of the guitar


Keep practising the Pentatonic Scale Pattern

When you have it all sorted then continue on

X G Major Bar Chord

D2 - This video shows a G Bar chord, this chord is the same shape as the chord above of A Major but played two frets down the neck of the guitar towards the head/nut.  The 1st finger is on the 3rd fret instead of the 5th fret.  

Bar chords are movable  and you should practise this chord shape in many positions up and down the neck of the guitar


Bar chords can be quite difficult to play at first, but notice how the knuckle of the 1st finger is in between the 1st and 2nd treble strings, the knuckle helps to hold down these two first strings, making baring a little easier

E2 - A7th Bar Chord

Notice how the 3rd treble string is bent slightly by the 2nd finger, try NOT to bend the string

Again this is a movable chord and should be practiced up and down the guitar neck

H - E7  Movable Chord

This chord shape is a non bar chord but is moveable, practise this shape all over the neck of the guitar


Here the third finger is on the 5th fret so this is an E7th chord, if you play the chord with the the 3rd finger on the 3rd fret the chord would then be a D7 chord


If you play the chord with the the 3rd finger on the 2nd fret the chord would then be the chord of D#7 / Ab7

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M1 - Project  2

Some Bar Chords and some Moveable chords