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Chords Leve l 2
Bandwa gon Mu s i c S t ud i o s
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Other advantages of the bar chords are as
follows –
(a) You will be able to play all the flat and
sharp chords.
(b) Each chord has the same quality of colour
because they are the same chord shape. The
quality of the open chords varied from shape
to shape.
Bar chords require a clever mixture of
technique and strength to master – mostly
technique though.
Read and take careful note of these hints but
make sure to experiment so that you get the
hand and finger positions that really suit you.
You must get a clear sound out of each string
for your bar chords.
(a) Push your chord hand more around the
front of the guitar. This will make it easier to
get finger 1 to go across the strings to form
the grand bar. Try to lock finger 1 rigid so
that it is in a straight line from the knuckle on
your hand to the tip of your finger.
(b) Finger 1 should be slightly tilted back for
the bar. Don't use it flat across the strings.
When flat across the strings the flesh of your
finger will not press the strings down. When
tilted back you use the side of your finger
which has less flesh and the bone is closer to
the surface.
(c) When you are changing bar chords never
lift the bar off the strings. Just relax your
pressure, slide the bar and then put the
pressure back on.
(d) Be very careful not to over squeeze with
your chord hand. It’s tempting to believe that by
squeezing harder you will make the bar chords
sound clearly. In fact over squeezing will most
likely pull your hand out of shape and make the
sound worse.
Use only the minimum amount of squeeze
required.
Your muscles won’t get so tired, your finger tips
won’t get so sore and you will find it easier to
move as you don’t have to relax and re-squeeze
so much pressure.
Practice this minimum squeeze by forming the
bar chord but with no squeeze.
As you strum gradually squeeze a little harder
until the chord sounds clearly – this is all the
squeeze you need.
To check the sound of your bar chords try these
two ideas. In general pick each string and listen.
Don’t rush to the next string. Remember to
make a good sound it is mostly technique – so
check the shape of your hand and fingers.
(a) Pick across the strings. Go from string 6 to
string 1, and then back.
(b) Use any string as a homebase e.g. using
string 6 as a homebase 6 -5, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
Eventually use each string as a homebase.
To name the bar chords you must understand
the alphabet of music which is explained on the
next page.