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Barre Chords | Get the Most Result with the Least Effort

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Barre Chords | Get the Most Result with the Least Effort

Learning Barre Chords Efficiently ​The 80/20 rule is something I talk about a lot. You may have heard me reference it in other videos. It’s something that applies to learning guitar in general. And I want to talk specifically about how it applies to barre chords.The 80/20 rule is also known as the Pareto Principle. Pareto was an economist who discovered that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the people. The idea is that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Here are a few examples of this:20% of the customers make up...

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House of the Rising Sun | Easy Guitar Song

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House of the Rising Sun | Easy Guitar Song

How To Play House Of The Rising SunI'm going to show you an easy version of House of the Rising Sun. The version of the song by The Animals is originally in the key of A minor. But we’re going to do it in the key of E minor. There are two reasons for this:The Animals version is very high pitched, and it’s a little hard for me to sing.The A minor version also uses a bar chord. In E minor there are no bar chords. (Check out 0:37 in the video to hear the chords) The whole song is basically the same pattern. The words change but the...

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5 Solutions to Improve Barre Chords

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5 Solutions to Improve Barre Chords

One of the most common issues when learning to play guitar that I’ve encountered with students is a general grumbling about bar chords. And rightly so. Most students struggle with buzzing notes and a sore hand and wrist.

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Time Signature Basics | Guitar Lesson

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Time Signature Basics | Guitar Lesson

Understanding time signatures is the foundation of learning strumming patterns on the guitar. It’s the foundation of rhythm itself. We're going to start with the music theory part of it. But I'll go right into a practical application very quickly. This is a lot simpler than you might think.We'll use the 3 most common time signatures that you're likely to use in your guitar playing:4/46/83/4So what do these numbers mean? That's the music theory part.  Understanding Beats Let’s define what a “beat” is before moving on. Think...

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Barre Chord Exercise that Works!

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Barre Chord Exercise that Works!

A Unique And Effective Barre Chord Exercise:Barre chords can be daunting for new guitar players. They’re the first major challenge of fretting hand strength. So long before I teach barre chords I like to teach a primer exercise. I found this exercise to be my favorite to develop that hand strength. It works best if you practice it a little bit at a time. Just a few minutes once or twice a day.  Here’s How The Exercise Works: Take your index finger and barre it across the first fret. When I say “on” the first fret, I mean...

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How to Make Your Acoustic Guitar Easier to Play

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How to Make Your Acoustic Guitar Easier to Play

Making Your Guitar Easier To Play When your first learn to play guitar, it can be pretty rough on your left hand. As you get better, it becomes easier. You learn better techniques, start to place your fingers properly, and learn how to angle your wrist in a more ergonomic way. But it also helps to have your guitar work for you. What I mean by that is making your guitar as easy to play as possible.This is especially critical when it comes to learning bar chords. It takes a lot of strength and proper technique to play these, even with a...

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Power Chords | What Are They And Do You Need Them?

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Power Chords | What Are They And Do You Need Them?

Do You Really Need Power Chords?I got this question from one of my students. Power chords have been used since the 60s (maybe earlier), mostly in Rock genres. If you’re an older player like me, do you still need them?Let’s start by finding out what they are. “Power Chords” are essentially 5th chords (notated as G5 for a G power chord). It’s just the root note and a fifth on top. If you play the third fret on the sixth string (G) and the fifth fret on the fifth string (D), you’d have a G power chord.(Note: You can add the octave of the root to...

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Play Hotel California Without Bar Chords

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Play Hotel California Without Bar Chords

As cliche as it might sound, Hotel California is one of my all-time favorite songs. If you’ve ever tried to learn this song you’ll notice it has bar chords. Today I’m going to show you how to play this song without bar chords. To start, I’m using a capo on the second fret. This makes it so we can play along to the recording in the right key. If you don’t have a capo, no worries! I’m going to call the chords by their shapes. So when I say “play an A minor”, you’ll play the A minor shape. Since you have a capo on the second fret, it...

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Common Chord Progressions for Guitarists

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Common Chord Progressions for Guitarists

What Are Common Chord Progressions? ​​Video Transcript And Relevant Links: Hey there! We're going to talk about common chord patterns, specifically for guitarists. When I first learned about common chord patterns, it gave me a huge boost in my ability to learn songs faster. It really helped my songwriting abilities. These days I find this to be a great tool for students as well. Common chord patterns are short chord progressions. Most of the time you’ll only use three or four chords. Being able to recognize these patterns will help you...

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The Fabulous Key Change Chord Chart

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The Fabulous Key Change Chord Chart

Download the fabulous Key Change Chord ChartTranscription:In this lesson, I’m going to explain how to use my Key Change Chord Chart. You may want to change the key of the song for two main reasons:To make it easier to sing for yourself or another vocalist (moving the key up or down), orTo make the song easier to play by playing chords that you find more comfortableLet’s take a look at the chart. The column on the left has all of the keys. First are the major keys, then below are the minor keys. Every chord in any scale can be represented by...

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