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Guitar Lesson 2

Barre chords in the key of C

By Brian Turner


Barre chords in the key of C with the root note on the 5th string.

guitar barre chords

By adding the 7 intervals of the scale to the chords four-part harmony is achieved and you have the following chords.

guitar barre chords

Below are optional fingerings for the m7 chords.

guitar barre chords

Advanced players tend to play with more economy or streamline the chords by taking out the notes on the the 4th and 1st strings as illustrated below. Notice many of the following chords are not barre chords. It would be more accurate to call them movable chords meaning that each fingering can be any chord depending on what fret you are on. Any chord that doesn't utilize open strings is movable.

guitar barre chords

In the illustration below we have more barre (or movable) chords with the root on the 5th string. These chords are overlooked by many guitarists. The fingerings are more challenging than some of the previous chords. However, these chords are essential and are very useful. If the five fret fingering span is too difficult on the minor and diminished chords, then delete the notes on the fifth string.

guitar barre chords

By adding the 7th intervals of the scale to the chords four part harmony is achieved and you have the following chords.

guitar barre chords

After you become comfortable with the chords in the key of C, you will have accomplished the hardest part. All 12 keys are the same fingering and the distance between the chords is identical. The only difference is the starting point of the first chord. In the key of C, the root note of the first chord is at the third fret on the 5th string. The key of G starts at the tenth fret because G is at the tenth fret on the fifth string. D is at the fifth fret and so on.

Learn the chords following the cycle of keys. The notes follow the cycle of keys in the illustration below. The notes on the fifth string are shown below the corresponding fret.

The notes on the fifth string.

fret
3
10
5
12
7
2
9
4
11
1
6
8
note
C
G
D
A
E
B
F#
C#
Ab
Bb
Eb
F

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