Chord Positions

| April 20, 2010 | 34 Comments

Chord Positions and Patterns

If you’ve just started out on barre chords then i hope this will really help you get a basic understanding of how, by learning these three basic chord shapes, you can learn two key things:

  1. How to play a whole range of chords instantly
  2. How you can play the same chords in different positions on the neck to create different sounds or moods to the songs you play.

Have fun – and if you’ve got any questions then just leave me a comment!

Regards Andy

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  1. Iris Turcott says:

    Excellent facts here, This is what i’m interested in. thanks, i’ve bookmark your web page.

  2. woodruffnikov says:

    thanks Andy all your help i feel you make learning easy

  3. woodruffnikov says:

    Thanks all your help amigo I feel you really want to help us learners and I am willing to be taught Ricco

  4. mark says:

    thanks so much for your fine lesson on Bars-i have been struggling with playing for 2 years-i have bought several courses but your course is easy to learn because of your teaching and techniques. where can i get more or order your whole course-thanks again

  5. Lu says:

    What an eye opener! I knew the names of most of the barre chords, independently and separately, but I never made these correlations before. Thank you so much, Andy! You got one very happy camper here.

  6. stuart says:

    really great stuff andy cant wait for my dvds to come so i can get stuck in to them and get better at playing your stuart

  7. Giles says:

    These are, as you say, basic chords but good to go over again none the less.

  8. Paul Loveland says:

    After several years of messing with open chords & barre chords I’ve always struggled to give triads some attention, your comment early on in the vid about the E Barre chord and playing just those 3 notes as the open position and moving it up the neck one fret at a time will give you the next note in the music alfabet (i.e.F triad)was like someone waving a magic wond over me.Ok maybe I should have relised this but you know how it is when you get hooked on what you know, now I can move on a bit more. I look forward to a Traid lesson perhaps?. Many Thanks

  9. Juan says:

    Very useful thanks

  10. damir says:

    Congratulations. You have greetings from Croatia.

  11. Stephen Eagle says:

    Sorry name is Eagle not Eagles.

  12. Stephen Eagles says:

    Clarity, Brevity, the true art of Communication. Concise and to the point.
    Comprehensible, this take guitar lessons to a whole new level.
    What a fresh approach! It just makes sense.
    Show your support, not “if” you can, but How you can.

  13. james says:

    great keep them coming, please.

  14. joe cambridge says:

    very good nks lesson thanks

  15. Mostafa says:

    Hi,nice lesson,I had a problem with getting my first finger on the whole fret correctly,Any advice?

  16. alex says:

    Wish I woulda seeen your website 9 years ago…you’re awesome and very easy to fallow…NINE YEARS man… thanks though

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  18. Ken Crawford says:

    Hi Andy

    I think your theory delivery is excellent and I understand that this can be applied to any genre of music. I am self taught and enjoy playing country/country rock and am very am very partial to the australian style country music.
    I’m undecided as to whether I will become a member and will make this decision when I come back from my holidays in Samoa at the end of June.

    Once again thanks for the great tutoring I have enjoyed so far.

  19. DFE says:

    You had me at “Hi, Ahndy with Bandjammah, heeah”. I get such a kick out of that intro and your accent, if it were made into a DJ mixed, record scratch, repeat thing I’d buy it. But I digress…

    I knew about the E, A, (and their minor counterparts), but not the C chord. I suppose you could do the same thing with all the open chords down the neck. I love all your stuff, Ahndy!

    By the way, didn’t I see you in an episode of ABC’s Lost in one of the earlier seasons with Charlie’s band, Drive SHAFT?

  20. Simba says:

    Great tip.Pleae keep iy up for us biginners.

  21. dave says:

    i really think this is very good for the beginning guitar player, well done andy.

  22. Jim says:

    thanks for passing this on. I use these inversions depending on where I want the bass, or to color the sound, as well you know. Great for folks to know!


  23. Ken says:

    Hi Andy, excellent quality video and your lessons are so easy to follow. I have enjoyed every one. Thank you. Ken

  24. mark says:

    thanks for the great lesson, but do you have chord charts or tabs on the eingering postions-would like to learn the caged system also-thanks

  25. Herman says:

    I knew about the E cord shape and the A cord shape, but I was not that familiar with the C cord shape, thanks for sharing that with us.

  26. Dale Wallace says:

    Great chords and shapes on guitar Andy, keep it comin’ and let the music play

  27. danny says:

    nice one. i also have small hand and have problem making the barre
    any advice here?

  28. stephen paddock says:

    great thanx,never new about thwe a & c positions,ive learned totaly from books so ive had little progress,so this site is a great help,thanx.

  29. Mike says:

    Great instructions and will be very helpful. Many thanks

  30. Rob Ostick says:

    The one thing thats got me rely angry is bar chords . But this makes it look so easy . Excelent video Andy, keep up the good work

  31. Ken says:

    Great video instruction; really hepled; more please on chords and caged sysytem; what an instructor; many thanks.

  32. terry says:

    andy thank you i think you are a brilent techer thank you terry

  33. Ray says:

    These are Quite basic chords as you say but are useful for hand exercise especially the C Chord position.I look forward to some future riffs especially the middle section of sweet child of mine, do tou know it ?.

  34. jose pardo says:

    fantastic way of teaching bar chords
    Congratulations once more

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