Welcome to lesson 9 as you continue on your journey to learn guitar
chords. In this lesson you will begin to learn barre chords. There are
two commonly used forms of barre chords. In this lesson you will learn
the E Forms with the root note located on the 6th or E string.
These forms are very important in your development as a guitarist. As
you learn guitar chords like these, it begins to open up the fretboard.
Barre chords are known as movable shapes. In other words, once you
learn the basic shape, they can be moved up and down the guitar and
played at any fret. As you move, the name of the chord changes
depending on what fret you are in.
Let's take a look at how that works. In an earlier lesson on your
quest to learn guitar chords, you learned the following chords. These
are referred to as the "E forms." The three chords are E, E minor
As you learn guitar chords like these, here are a few pointers to help
When barring with your index finger, allow it to roll slightly
on it's side, the side towards your thumb. By doing this it gives you a
flatter surface to hold down the strings.
Let the weight of your arm help with the barre. Imagine that you
have a weight attached to your elbow and let your whole arm assist in
forming the sound of the chord.
Put your other fingers in place first and put your index finger
in place last. This will help you stay relaxed.
Start by practicing your barre chords with your index finger in
the 5th fret. They are much easier to play in the middle of the guitar
where there is less tension on the strings.
Hang in there. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get them to
sound but learning barre chords is essential. Persist and you will be
Naming Barre Chords
Take a look at the following chart. This chart should definitely be
The numbers across the top represent the frets and the letters are the
notes at each fret on the 6th string. At the 12th fret it starts all
over at E again. The name of the chord is determined by the note at the
fret your 1st finger is in.
If the major form is played with a barre in the 5th fret,
it would be an A major chord.
A chord barred at the 3rd fret using the minor form would be a G minor.
The 7th chord form barred at the 8th fret would be a C7.
Using this idea, you can see how easy it is to learn guitar chords. You
can play all three forms at each fret, giving you a total of 36 chords