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Chords Level 1
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These seven basic shapes can be further broken
down finger groups we have already studied.
You can see that all the chords you have studied
are based on these four finger groups. Therefore
if you can control these finger groups then you
will have control over all the chords. Make sure
you continually practice moving these finger
groups.
As you study the guitar further you will learn
less new shapes but more and more uses of
shapes you already know. When you learn a
new chord check to see if it based on a shape
you know or is in fact a totally new shape.
Finger group 1.
STRAIGHT finger group of fingers 2 and 3 e.g.
A, B, E, and therefore also F#m, G#m, Am, Em.
Finger group 2.
DIAGONAL finger group of fingers 2 and 3 e.g.
C, D, F, G, and therefore also C7, G7.
Finger group 3.
DIAGONAL finger group of fingers 1 and 2
(together) e.g. F and therefore also Bm,
C#m, D7, B7.
Finger group 4.
DIAGONAL finger group of fingers 1 and 2
(separated) e.g. C and therefore also C7, E,
E7, Am, Dm.
This time let’s see what we can build from Am
and Em. Sometimes you jump the straight
finger group; other times twist to the diagonal.
Seeing how many chords are close in shape
makes life much easier. Learning one chord
leads to many other chords.
Chord Shape of Am
Some other chords
that are based on Am.
C
F
Em
E
A
Dm
Chord Shape of Em
Some other chords
that are based on Em.
G
C
Am
F
A7
D7