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Chords Leve l 2
Bandwa gon Mu s i c S t ud i o s
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CHANGING BETWEEN THE TWO SHAPES.
You now know two bar chords on each fret -
the E and A shape. To help you with the change
between the two shapes we will study the
fingers between the major chord shape for
both.
The most important finger is the third. In the
E shape chord it is "standing up", while in the A
shape chord it is "flattened out". To change
between the two shapes you should concentrate
on the third finger. Don't lift it up and shift it,
but rather keep the second knuckle (the
knuckle nearest the hand) still and either
flatten or stand up knuckle one (the knuckle
nearest the fingertip). Think of "rolling" the
finger.
Practice this changing trick by doing these exercises -
1. On the same fret move back and forward
between the E and A shapes.
Remember "roll" finger 3. The exercise is
shown in fret 5 but you can try it any fret.
A
D
A
D
E Shape – Fret 5
A Shape – Fret 5
E Shape – Fret 5
A Shape – Fret 5
2. Here you start on the E shape, change to the
A shape, then slide up with the A shape to the
next fret, then change back to the E shape in
the same fret, then slide up with the E shape
to the next fret, and on and on.
Start - change - slide - change - slide - change - etc.
The exercise shows slides of 1 fret but you should also try slides of 2 and 3 frets.
F
(Change)
Bb
(Slide)
B
(
Change)
F#
(Slide)
E Shape – Fret 1
A Shape – Fret 1
A Shape – Fret 2
E Shape – Fret 2
G
Change)
C
(Slide)
C#
(Change)
G#
(Slide)
E Shape – Fret 3
A Shape – Fret 3
A Shape – Fret 4
E Shape – Fret 4
3. Now do both - change shape and change fret.
Still think of rolling your finger 3. The
exercise slides 1 fret but you should also try
slides of 2 and 3 frets.
F
(Change and Slide)
B
(Change and Slide)
G (
Change and Slide)
C#
(Change and Slide)
E Shape – Fret 1
A Shape – Fret 2
E Shape – Fret 3
A Shape – Fret 4