Guitar Lessons for All Abilities and
All Ages. Private Lessons and Online Resources!

Guitar Lesson 3

Barre chords in the key of C

By Brian Turner


Barre (or movable) chords in the key of C with the root note on the 4th 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. 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 exercise below, we have more fingerings with the roots on the fourth string.

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 the10th fret on the fourth string. The key of G starts at the fifth fret because G is at the fifth fret on the fourth string. D is at the12th fret and so on.

Learn the chords following the cycle of keys. In the illustration below, the notes follow the cycle of keys and the notes on the fourth string are shown below the corresponding fret.

The notes on the fourth string

fret
10
5
0
7
2
9
4
11
6
8
1
3
note
C
G
D
A
E
B
F#
C#
Ab
Bb
Eb
F

www.guitarlessonsbybrian.com