Barre Chord Bliss

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by Toast, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. sonicsmitty

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    For many years after I started playing guitar the big E string was the 1st string and the A was 2nd, D 3rd, and so on. Then I find out I'm wrong and some yo-yo officially numbered the dang thing backwards! What kind of sense does that make?!! When I look down at my guitar while playing, the closest string to my eyes is that big E string. Naturally that should be the first string, right? The little e is farthest away so it should be last, or sixth, right? Logical, right? Noooooo! Some guy standing on his head numbered them. Either that or it was Albert King, but I wouldn't say anything to him if he was around 'cause he was way bigger than me.

    When I try to explain how to play something to someone, I sometimes catch myself making that same mistake, even after playing more than 50 years. :confused:
     
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    I think I got lucky, to be honest. I'm pretty certain I don't have perfect pitch. I wish I did. My relative pitch ain't bad though. I think I just got lucky that day. I had neglected the D chord on the 10th fret for a long time so that day I spent a lot of time noodling around with it. Anyway, I got tired of playing and came to TDPRI. The first song I play starts with the D chord on the 10th fret. Serendipity :). Sometimes I can hear the harmonics on the 5th fret on a recording and that's a tip off that something is going on at the 5th fret, but that's about the best I can do with just hearing one chord and locating it.

    Thanks for all the practice recommendations. I'll definitely try them. I want to expand my chord palette so those are great suggestions. I usually work on chords by learning songs with certain chords. I want to find a more systematic chord approach. I should really work on extension more, but I'm slow poking my way through things.
     
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    I really wish the guitar fretboard was as intuitive as a piano keyboard. When I want a more piano-like view of the guitar fretboard, I play the intervals I want to see as a distance on a single string. For example, if I want to see the interval of A to D (IV), I play it on the 6th and fifth strings on the 5th fret. I follow that by playing the A on the 5th fret and the D on the 10th fret along the 6th string. That just helps me see the interval as an actual distance. It's a useful perspective for me.
     
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    Open B7 when I’m on the move used to give me fits. Still hangs me up once in a while.
     
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    I have to say that I think I agree with the string numbering, but for a slightly different reason. A higher number should indicate a higher pitch! Just as with fret numbers.
     
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    Nice... probably good for your frets too. ;)
     
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    No, when you started playing those 50 years ago, the strings were numbered 1-6 with the first string being the high E. You may have been taught the opposite by someone who was not aware, or you may have taught yourself incorrectly; but the high E has always been the first string....making the 6th string the low E. Check out a string package someday. (;^)
     
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    Yeah, it was me making an assumption and teaching myself incorrectly. I am aware that the numbering of the strings has been that way for a very long time, long before I was born most likely. A hundred years? IDK, but I still stand by my point that the goofball who numbered them, numbered them backwards.:mad:
     
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    There are times when one has to realize that just because one finds oneself in a contrary position that that does not mean that oneself is right side up. (;^)
     
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    Here's a new contour to the warmup. You can take whatever I-IV-V pattern you're noodling around on and then change to a different key by going from your Dominant chord (V) to a new tonic. If you want to make it a Dominant 7th chord and make your key change, that works even better.

    For example:

    F-Bb-C (V) and change to A (I)-D-E

    The following video helps.

     
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