How to take 3 basic major chord finger shapes and use them up the neck to expand voicing options all in the key of G. This lesson has an exercise with tablature that gets you expanding your use of the fretboard as you learn to connect shapes up the neck.
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- We got a few little exercises here to try to further solidify the concept of these three chord shapes. I think they're very important for moving on, as far as opening up the fingerboard with flatpicking and playing Bluegrass. Our three chord shapes, (guitar strumming) there's an F shape there, and the A shape, (guitar strumming) and our one, four, five. Different ways to use them. This first exercise deals with all the G chords.
Here's another way to think about these three shapes and why they're important. (guitar strumming) So we've got our basic shape there. We're just gonna pay attention to the top three strings here. So there's the F shape, the top of the F shape. For that G chord there, and then we'll be using our D shape, we're gonna play this next G chord up here, starting with our index finger on the seventh fret of the third string. And then the next G chord that happens up the neck, starts with the ring finger on the twelfth fret of the third string.
(guitar strumming) So that's how these chords forms move up. (guitar strumming) And so here's a little exercise. I'll show you this at 65 beats a minute. (metronome clicking) And the same kinda thing, if you just strum a little bit before you get into it, it's gonna help all these things feel better rhythmically. So here we go. (guitar playing) One more time.
(guitar playing) Alright, so, we talked through that a little bit slower. The first measure, (guitar playing) it is this small little musical ideas for each chord form. There's that F shape, here's this D shape. The first time I did it, I played with this form here. But I had to stretch there, so I'm gonna endorse this one here. (guitar playing) And then moving up to this chord.
(guitar playing) I showed you with the metronome at 65. And that gets through them pretty quickly. But that's the point of these little exercises, to get familiar with where those are on the fingerboard. The importance of this for Bluegrass is we're gonna play a lot of songs in G, a lot of songs in C, a lot of songs in D, and it's very important to find these chord shapes and clusters as they appear on the fingerboard. And so we've got two more to do after this.
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- Intermediate bluegrass guitar techniques
- Intermediate fretting
- Hammer-ons and pull-offs in G, C, and D
- Intermediate rhythm exercises
- Playing intermediate bluegrass tunes
- Opening up the fretboard with expanded scales and chord exercises