Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shortcut to Learning Guitar Chords Part-7


Sorry, but we need to agree again to a new terminology I am going to use in all the rest of the tutorial. My aim is to make your learning a lot faster, no technical jargon.

In previous posts, I have been talking about moving the whole chord position up or down. Meaning, all finger positions move up, or down, simultaneously, same step-count.

This time, we need to move some fingers up or down without moving the chord's position in the fretboard. We will use this method for minor (m), seventh (7), major seventh (M7) and sus derivations.

New term: middle finger, lowest finger. These are the literal finger position in the fretboard as you fret a chord, excluding the barre finger. Lowest finger, is the finger closest to the ground, middle finger is the next finger closer to the ground.

Let's look at A-chord again.

Clear? Now write this on your wall:

To get a minor, move the lowest finger down 1-step.

Deriving A-minor ,or simply Am, from A:

Finally, Am is:

I figure some pictures will illustrate clearer. The A-chord is:

And Am, note how the fingers are rearranged.

Let's try Em...from E of course!
If a note hits the nut, you don't have to press anything-- leave it as open string. So Em is:

Let's do it... E-chord:

Em. Yes, lift the index finger and that's it! Easy?

You should be smiling now. Try these: Bm, Gm, Fm

Review Part-6, and try these: A#m, C#m, Abm

Now you could derive 12x4 or 48 chords! Believe me, once you get used to the derivations, it's a lot easier and intuitive than memorizing all 48 chords individually.