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Introduction to Barre Chords: Lesson 6

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To summarize, by using our index finger as a sort of "movable capo" and using the basic open chords of E major, E minor, A major and A minor, we can play any given major or minor chord chromatically in many different positions covering the fretboard. Once you understand how the musical alphabet works it is possible to grasp how all barre chords are named. The E shaped barre chords have their root notes on the E string while the A shaped barre chords have their root notes on the A string. The images above and below show the shapes for all the various barre chords we've discussed in this tutorial.

Happy barre chord playing!

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