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  1. Hello my friends, it's Justin again
    coming for the first solo video lesson
  2. meaning that I'm by myself
    not that it's about lead guitar.
  3. And what this lesson's going to
    be about is barre chords.
  4. A lot of people, when they first
    start playing barre chords,
  5. say they have a bit of difficulty trying
    to get all the notes clear and clean.
  6. So I'm going to try to explain to you
    where the barre chords come from.
  7. The basic kind of shapes like you might
    have learned an F chord,
  8. it's called an E shape barre chord.
  9. But I'll give you a few tips on
    making sure that you get
  10. the fingering kind of good for that.
  11. The first thing is, I've already mentioned
    it before, it's an E shape.
  12. So the very first barre chord shape
    that most people learn
  13. is based really by playing a
    regular E chord,
  14. which I'm hoping you know,
    you should know your E chord good
  15. before you try a barre chord
    with an E shape.
  16. If you refinger that chord,
    i.e. change the fingers that
  17. you use, but keep the dots the same.
  18. So you end up using your second,
    third and fourth fingers
  19. and your first finger is free.
  20. I'm going to go for a closeup
    in a sec, I just have to figure
  21. out how to do that in a sec.
  22. Once that chord shape is down
    if you move that shape up
  23. and put your first finger down,
    your first finger is replacing the nut.
  24. The nut is the little plastic or bone
    usually white thing down at
  25. the end of the guitar neck.
  26. So you can see very clearly that
    we've got and E chord,
  27. if we move up everything up one fret
    and then put your first finger
  28. on the first fret, your first
    finger has replaced the nut.
  29. And the reason it's an F chord
    is because it's all the same notes
  30. just everything has been moved higher
    by one semi-tone.
  31. So, now I'm just going to give
    you a closeup of that,
  32. exactly this E to F movement.
    And then we'll move it up to an
  33. A or something and
    I'll give you some stuff.
  34. So I'll get my fancy remote control
    thing here, and see if I can
  35. figure out how to get the camera
    to do a closeup on my hand.
  36. So I'll see you guys in a sec.
  37. OK, that didn't seem too bad,
    so here we are in a closeup.
  38. So if we start here with our regular
    old faithful E chord.
  39. So we've got first finger,
    first fret, third string.
  40. Second finger, second fret,
    fifth string.
  41. Third finger, underneath.
  42. Remember of course you are trying
    to get this finger up as close
  43. to the fret as you can,
    but you can't get it right
  44. next door because the third finger
    is kind of blocking the way a bit.
  45. So that's your basic E chord.
  46. Your first attempt at playing
    a barre chord, you should try
  47. move your second finger to where
    your first finger was.
  48. Your third finger moves to where
    your second finger was.
  49. Your little finger sneaks up there
  50. So you've now got,
    second finger, first fret, third string.
  51. Third finger, on the fifth string second
    fret. And little finger underneath on the
  52. fourth string. So you can see
    now that your first finger
  53. is free to wave and do little
    stupid dances and stuff. OK.
  54. So that's your E chord.
    To get to F you move all of those
  55. notes up one fret, and the first finger
    now goes down and covers
  56. all of the strings. Now even that's
    covering all of the strings because
  57. your second, third, and fourth finger
    covering strings three, four, and five.
  58. You only really needed to cover
    the thickest string and the
  59. thinnest two strings.
  60. But in order to do that you kind
    of want to put your pressure
  61. focus your pressure like it's here
    in the middle of the barre.
  62. That's the place that you kind
    of focus your energy.
  63. I know that sounds a bit funny,
    hippy stuff.
  64. But if you think about pressing down
    in the middle of the finger,
  65. it will make the two ends help press
    down, kind of consistently.
  66. Now the other thing with barre chords
    that's really important:
  67. the second, third and fourth fingers
    are kind of standard.
  68. Make sure that they are pressing down
    and not trying to lay over like that.
  69. Regular E, moving up to F.
  70. Now when you put the barre down don't
    try and press down flat down that way
  71. with the first finger.
  72. Actually what you're trying to do here
    is you're trying to roll over
  73. the part of your finger,
    there's my hand.
  74. The part of the finger that presses
    down for the barre is here,
  75. It's not the flat like this.
    It's not that part there that presses
  76. it's this kind of on the diagonal of
    your finger, the edge.
  77. So what you do is you put your
    first finger down flat kind of
  78. right on the barre itself.
  79. So that would be behind the barre,
    you can see the barre there now.
  80. So this is like right on the barre.
  81. And then you roll it slightly onto the
    side, and then your fingers go down.
  82. Now by doing that, as you probably know,
    your first finger doesn't really
  83. want to move a lot either way sideways.
    I know you can move it a little bit,
  84. but It doesn't tend to want to.
  85. So if you're trying to think of
    your barre chord grip like this,
  86. then when you're trying to, if you're
    trying to turn your hand that way
  87. on the guitar neck here, so this way.
  88. You're putting the pressure sideways
    with the first finger.
  89. Think of the pressure as going sideways.
    Not going straight down.
  90. It will make it an awful lot easier to
    get your barre chord really solid.
  91. So put it down on the fret
    roll it over onto the side,
  92. so to kind of like 45 degrees,
    it's not the side side.
  93. And then put your other fingers down.
  94. Make sure of course you practice doing
    picking your notes one at a time.
  95. Making sure you get a nice clear chord.
  96. Also make sure that your first finger
    isn't hanging over the end too much.
  97. I see some people trying to do their barre
    chords with way too much
  98. of the first finger flopping over.
  99. So, keep it down so that basically the
    idea would be if you moved it down
  100. to the fifth string root barre chord,
    which we're not going to talk about yet,
  101. but if you did, the first finger, the tip
    of it would be muting the sixth string.
  102. But we want it, you know,
    half a centimeter over the end,
  103. you know that 's like a quarter
    of an inch or something like that
  104. for you Americans who don't have
    the metric system going on yet.
  105. OK, so, the main thing with the barre
    chord is making sure you put it flat,
  106. roll it over onto the side,
    keep the pressure focused in
  107. the middle of your first finger,
    and make sure the rest of your fingers
  108. is square and not laid over like that.
  109. Make sure that they kind
    of square up like that.
  110. It was too long, please join me
  111. for Part two.