Free Guitar Lesson – Barre Chords

The beauty of Barre Chords is that they use a Movable Chord Form. Once you learn them, you can play chords anywhere on the neck.

Barre Chords come in 2 shapes, A and E.  

So, how do you know when to use the A or E chord forms? Simple. If your chord’s root is on the 6th string (E), use the E chord form. If your chord’s root is on the 5th string (A), use the A chord form.

By A and E Chord Forms, I mean A (major), Am, A7, Asus, Amaj7 and E (major), Em, E7, Esus, Emaj7.

OK, let’s fret a F# Barre Chord.

We need to know two things to do this. First, the root, F#, is on the 6th string, 2nd fret. Second, that it is a Major Chord.

Think of your 1st finger as a capo.

First, you fret, or “Barre”, all six strings with your first finger on the root’s fret, in this case, the 2nd fret. Next you fret/finger the rest of your chord, just like an open E chord. using your 2nd, 3rd and 4th  fingers.

If we needed and F#7, we would put our 2nd and 3rd fingers in the same position as an E7, but at the3rd and 4th frets

OK, now let’s fret a B Barre Chord.

The root, B, is on the 2nd  string, 2nd fret and it is a Major Chord. Barre the 2nd fret with your first finger, and use an open A chord shape on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings at the 3rd fret.

This takes some getting used to, especially your hand and finger strength. You will usually want you thumb pressing right in the middle of the width of the neck, directly behind your first finger.

Barre Chord Exercise

I have my students start with and E major chord form at the 7th fret, then and Am chord form at the 6th fret, and so on, down to the 1st fret. So, you are alternating chord forms back and forth one fret at a time.

I have found that it is much easier working from higher frets to lower frets and develops muscle memory, hand and finger strength quickly, and at the same time.

Here’s the video version

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Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.

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Free Guitar Lesson – Using A Capo

A Capo is a very powerful tool to have in your guitar arsenal. Personally, I use one a few different situations.

My music is in one key and the song will be sung in another key.

Rather than transposing on the fly (as I play) or taking the time to rewrite my chart or sheet music, I can use the capo to transpose my existing chords to the singer’s key.

I want a higher pitched sound when I finger pick.

For example, when I fingerpick some songs, I prefer a mandolin type sound. To my ear, it just sounds prettier. Often the notes, may sound a little muffled when finger picked with bare fingers, and the capo helps them stand out more. Two examples, from my set list, are Amie (Pure Prairie League) and The Wedding Song (Paul Stookey).

I like playing a particular chord progression in a different key.

We all have some accents we like to use and may not be familiar with playing them with certain chord forms. A capo lets you maintain your playing style in the required key.

You have to play a song in a key you’re not comfortable with.

The capo will give you the chance to play along, learn, and give you a good chance to practice new material at your own pace.

Using a capo works two different ways, depending on your approach.

First, let’s say that my sheet music is in the key of G, using G – C – D, and the song will be sung in the key of A. I can put my capo on the second fret and G – C – D will actually sound like A – D – E.

Here’s what is happening. We know that there are twelve notes in music, A (A#/Bb) B C (C#/Db) D (D#/Eb) E F (F#/Gb) G (G#/Ab). Each time I move my capo up one fret, I am raising the notes played, and the chord, up to the next note. So, in the previous example, I changed my open G chord up to Ab (capo on 1st fret) and then to A (capo on 2nd fret). Yes, it’s just that simple!

Second, a capo can also be used to play music in the existing key, but using simpler chord forms. For example, a lot of music written for keyboards, brass and woodwinds aren’t in G, C, D, E or A. They are often written in Ab, B, Bb, Db or Eb and the chords on guitar may be harder to play or just not sound nice enough. This is when we use the capo to find another key to play in and the key drops one note for every fret.

For example, let’s say we have music in the key of Ab and the progression is Ab – Db – Eb. If we put the capo on the first fret, we can play G – C – D and it will be heard as Ab – Db – Eb.

Both examples do the same thing. It’s just that in the first, we are adjusting the music to fit our chords and in the second we are changing our chords to match the music.

There are several different styles of capo.

You have to try them and see which one is best for you. For example, some physically stick out from the fingerboard (away from you) and others from the neck (towards you). I prefer the second style, my hand just keeps bumping into the first and moves it.

Ask your teacher, or a friend, with a similar playing style, what they like and try their capo(s) out. Most music stores will let you try a few before buying, also.

Here is a simple chart for using a capo to transpose to various keys. Using a Capo for Guitar Chord Transpositions 

Feel free to check out my other Free Resources ,available for you to use and share, at my Guitar Lesson Studio Web Site, below.

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Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.

Free Guitar Lesson Worksheets and Links

Free Guitar Lesson Worksheets and Links are available at my Online Music Studio, and you don’t even have to register or log in!

 

Check out videos, including

How to Buy a Guitar

How to Change Your Guitar Strings

How to Clean Your Guitar

 

Download Free Worksheets that I designed for my students, including

Parts of Acoustic Guitar

Tuning Your Guitar

Strings & Notes

Finger Numbering

Basic Chords

Key & Chords

Blues Scales

Mellow Scales

Capo Transposition Chart

and more!

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Music, a Gift for Life!

Steve

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

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Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.

Learning your First Songs on Guitar – FREE Lead Sheet Sample

My approach, in private lessons, is to teach students how to play the songs they want to play, so I have created a “1st Songs” format with the Chorus and 1st Verse in lead sheet form on the left side of the page and standard chord charts on the right.

I add the strum patterns on the sheet after the student has learned the chord transitions. Then we can move from basic strumming to strumming & picking to fingerpicking, if applicable.
I usually can keep the songs in a 3 chord format and get a lot of concepts taught from a simple song they already know. It does make it a little easier if students don’t have to learn the song AND how to play it.

Four popular songs that many of my students like to learn are Ring of Fire, Sweet Home Alabama, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, and Silent Night. Click the orange link for a PDF sample lead sheet.  1st Song Sample

I invite your comments and suggestions since I am always open to improve my methods. After all, it is about helping my students fall in love with the music!

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Ask your questions and I’ll answer them right here for you!

Taking you back to a simpler time… with music,

Steve Falter

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

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Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.


Guitar Lesson Tips – My Recommended Practice Routine

Guitar Lesson Tips – My Recommended Practice Routine

Do you want to become a better guitar player? Of course you do, why else would you be reading this?

I’m going to share my best advice with you. Time tested and proven to work. It’s so simple that you’ll have a “Wow, I could’ve had a V-8” moment. Yet many instructors don’t teach it and many students don’t do it. It’s so effective, and critical, that I’m willing to give it to you for FREE!

Ready? OK, here it is. You should practice for one hour every day.

Yes, it really is that simple. I told you it would be, didn’t I?  That full hour will make all the difference in the world. That is why I only give one hour lessons. You simply can’t get enough information and application in a half hour to make progress at a nice pace.

It is very common for an experienced musician to take many hours, sometimes even eight hours to learn a single 3 ½ minute song well enough to perform it on stage.

But I can’t practice every day. OK. The hour is the most critical thing here. Some of my students have busy work schedules, so I understand. That is one reason I record every lesson as an mp3 and put it on a CD before they leave. I recommend they listen to the lesson during the week. If you have to skip practice, listen to your lesson while you’re in the car. It will sink in and reinforce your practice. It might even inspire you to practice more!

But I’m new and my fingers really hurt! OK. There are basically three things that you have to learn to play guitar. How to finger/fret the chords, strumming/timing and what strings to strum. Stop fingering the chords and just practice your timing and strumming the right strings. It won’t sound as pretty, but you will be developing your muscle memory for two of the three techniques you need to master. Kinda makes sense, doesn’t it?

Are you happy with your progress? If not, try practicing in full 1 hour sessions. Not more and not less.
I invite your comments and suggestions since I am always open to improve my methods. After all, it is about helping my students fall in love with the music!

Taking you back to a simpler time… with music,

Steve

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

Visit my Guitar Lesson Studio Web Site

Visit my Musician/Band Web Site

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Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.