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What is a Barre Chord?

Barre chords are very important to the guitarist.

They allow the player to play virtually any chord anywhere on the fingerboard by learning only a few shapes.

This lesson will get you started with a few shapes, so take a look.

There are 3 main shapes in the major family and 2 main shapes in the minor family.


By manipulating these shapes, one can form the most popular 7th shapes with ease.


There are plenty of chords we could get into here, however if you learn the 7th chords you'll have most of the qualities you need to know.


Extensions of these chords can come later.


On the following screens you'll find shapes with the root on the 6th and 5th Strings.

Sixth String Shapes


Fifth String Shapes


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