E Shape Barre Chords (Guitar Lesson)


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E Shape Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln covers E shaped barre chords in greater depth. Mark refers to these chords as "Type 1" barre chords.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 15:12Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (02:27) Lesson Introduction Before getting into the lesson be absolutely sure to give the following warm-up items your attention:
- Warm-up the hands.
- Stretch the wrists.
- Play the major and minor open chords.
- Warm up your strums by relaxing the wrists and letting the pick flow over the strings.
Ready? Good! Let's get started.

Chapter 2: (03:36) Half Steps, Whole Steps Last time we began talking about music theory and the concept of half and whole steps. Please review last week's lesson if you need to re-familiarize yourself with these concepts. Remember that the only places where half steps occur are between B and C, and E and F.
Chapter 3: (04:07) Type 1 / E Shape Barre Chord Think about the E major chord:

E Major
E_0_
B_0_
G_1_
D_2_
A_2_
E_0_

In todays exercise, I want you to play the E chord like this: place your second or middle finger on the G-string first fret, the ring or third finger on the A-string second fret, and the pinky on the D-string second fret. This is a different configuration from the initial way I taught you to play this chord. You are now leaving the first finger free. The reason for this will become clear to you very soon. Practice strumming this chord with this pattern down down up down or the down down-up down pattern that you should be becoming familiar with. Now, I want you to try an F barre chord played like this:

F Major
E_1_
B_1_
G_2_
D_3_
A_3_
E_1_

The "1's" in this digram indicat that your first finger (that you have freed up by playing the E chord in the “new” way) should stretch the width of the neck and cover all of the strings. If this is difficult for you, which it often is for those just entering the world of guitar playing, then just hold down the B and high E strings. Play this chord with the same strum as the E. down down up down.

The distance between the E and the F chord is one half step or one fret. Locate these two chords on the neck of your guitar. Play the E chord like I showed you and then slide your fingers up one fret or one half step without moving your fingers off of the fret board. Then, put your first finger down all the way across the fretboard, or just on the B and E strings. Do you see how the visual shape of the E major chord is identical to the F chord? Now take a look at the G chord played at the third fret:

G Major E_3_
B_3_
G_4_
D_5_
A_5_
E_3_

This is the G barre chord, which is a whole step above the F chord. Remember that the only half steps in the musical alphabet occur between B and C, and between E and F. Therefore the distance between the F and the G is a whole step or two frets. Again, notice that the same E chord configuration (this time on the fourth and fifth frets respectively). If you get lost with this exercise, go back to playing the E chord in the manner I explained earlier in the lesson. Then, keeping your fingers on the fret board, slide your hand up into the fourth and fifth fret, and either put your first finger across all of the strings on the fretboard, or just on the B and the E. Are you seeing the pattern here? Move the exact same finger configuration up two frets from the G chord and you'll have the A major barre chord. Go up two more frets and you'll have the B major barre chord. Finally, go up one fret from there, and you'll have the C major barre chord. Again at the risk of being redundant: Half steps: B-C, E-F Whole steps: A-B, C-D, D-E, F-G, G-A.
Chapter 4: (02:54) Strumming Exercise Starting with the E major chord and its new fingering, play E, F, G, A, B, C, D moving your way up the fretboard of the guitar. Be sure to use the down down up down down down up down rhythm.

Finding the Chords
The barre chords that I'm showing you in this lesson can be called "Type 1 Barre Chords" and have the E major chord as the central configuration to their construction. As long as you know where the half and whole steps occur and you know the names of the strings, then you'll know how to find chords up and down the fretboard! It's just that easy! You can use the 6th / E string to figure out which chord is which. The root note played on the 6th / E string shares the same name as the chord.
Chapter 5: (02:07) Self Made Exercise Take the time to create an exercise of your very own. Mix the barre and open chords up and play them in different strumming patterns. This will develop your ability to switch between open and barre chords and help cement your ability to properly play the E shape / Type 1 barre chord. Be creative and have fun!

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grburgessgrburgess replied on April 28th, 2015

"don't be stressed about this - this is a fun thing for you"....haha. What if my fingers go on strike? On my $30 guitar, the action is such that I have to press down an inch to get the darn notes fretted. My fingers are going to bleed.

nadirnadir replied on April 7th, 2014

Hi! I have a question. When I'm trying to play any barre chord it seems like I'm putting too much pressure on my thumb (I'm pushing my thumb too hard toward the back of the neck of the guitar) in order to hold the strings properly. It hurts the thumb so I can't play barre chords for more than a minute or so. Is this common for beginners or do you think I'm not applying the pressure in a proper way? Should I continue like this or consciously try to apply less pressure on my thumb.

john wjohn w replied on February 21st, 2014

Thanks Mark this really helped simplify barre chords for me.

acheyakeyacheyakey replied on July 4th, 2013

im aware of all your good advice but damn!! this barre chord stuff is extremely discouraging. i feel like my hand doesnt function properly cuz doesnt seem to work for this

mustard4allmustard4all replied on January 25th, 2014

Don't expect us to get out of tune or tune down to you. Remember we are learning to listen!!!! PLEASE

mustard4allmustard4all replied on January 25th, 2014

Would be a lot easier if MARK were in tune!!!!!

riverrats77riverrats77 replied on March 6th, 2013

hi mark. i love your lessons. one question that may seem stupid, but why as beginners do we learn to play chords one way then have to relearn them to play barre chords. seems to me that we should learn them the 2nd way to begin with. just curious and a little frustrated.

grburgessgrburgess replied on April 28th, 2015

both the barre chords and open chords are commonly used and useful. Open chords are typically taught first because they are easier.

sallyosallyo replied on May 29th, 2013

Hi Mark - is your guitar tuned down a semi-tone or is it the video quality? It is really confusing!!!

czigerelliczigerelli replied on July 14th, 2013

He's tuned down a half step

curiousguitarcuriousguitar replied on February 5th, 2013

Wow really in joyed that lesson thanks heaps

lima74lima74 replied on December 1st, 2011

This was a great lesson Mark... i am very enthusiastic about learning the guitar now, only because i learned about the b+c and e+f.. made things so much clearer!

datboyjamesdatboyjames replied on November 3rd, 2011

Howdy Mark. I just joined up a few weeks ago. I've been playing a little here and there for some time. Now that I've found Jamplay I'm a lot more serious about learning...with some motivation and good instructors. Thanks for keeping it fun. I was LOL when you said you were going to the Dr... I've always been deathly afraid of barre chords, but I'm getting the hang of it. Type one is much easier for me than Type two, although the higher on the neck I get the harder it seems to barre the B string. Anyways...just some positive feedback for you. Thanks...

howihowi replied on October 19th, 2011

Hi Mark, just joined up a few weeks ago as a brand new guitar player. Played piano as a kid and never remember having anywhere near as much fun learning as I do here with your lessons. Thanks for that. Wondering about the barre chord here. Whats the reason to put the first finger across all the open strings? is it to give the chords higher up on the neck a similar sound to that same note played open lower on the neck ?

caleb97caleb97 replied on August 3rd, 2011

mark, i had been unsure with other instructors what it meant about how barre chords positioned on the neck made other chords. thx for clearing it up... your the best

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 8th, 2011

Hey Caleb, it's fantastic to hear from you and I'm glad that you're doing so well. Keep it up and don't hesitate to keep in touch! Mark

pipespipes replied on May 29th, 2011

Mark, another first class lesson, well put together and i am picking things up at a fiarly good pace, chreers pipes

cwosheacwoshea replied on May 22nd, 2011

Mark, Loving your lessons. But I dont know if it is your video or my computer causing the sound coming out to be exactly one half step up from where you're playing. This is the first video to do it, and its not that awful because I still understand the concept. Has this been a common occurance? -Cody

jboothjbooth replied on May 23rd, 2011

Some of his lessons were tuned down a half step, unfortunately we did not realize it at the time, but as you mentioned the material is all played the same way, Mark's just sounds different.

diamondgzadiamondgza replied on February 22nd, 2011

I've enjoyed lessons from a few of the tutors but I just wanted to say an extra thanks as you really do a great job of making it fun and relaxed. Nice one. Lee, Wales, UK

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on February 25th, 2011

Thanks Lee I appreciate it! Mark

gordoncgordonc replied on February 7th, 2011

Hi Mark I've got small hands and find the type one barre chord really hard to hold. Is it too much of a cheat to use my thumb on the six string and complete the barre with my first finger holding strings one and two? Sounds good when I play - but will it hold me back later?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on February 15th, 2011

Hey Gordon! If you need to use your thumb then that's fine but you might want to keep working on it the othger way as well. It's always good to have some flexibility and redundency built into your playing. Good luck, Mark

joshman25joshman25 replied on December 27th, 2010

Mark, are you in standard tuning on this lesson?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on December 31st, 2010

Hey Josh! There are a couple of lessons where I'm tuned a half step down, thanks for keeping me on my toes! Mark

joshman25joshman25 replied on December 31st, 2010

haha - no problem. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy! Happy New Year.

roberto43roberto43 replied on October 10th, 2010

Mark~ I'm glad that you've injected some playfulness with the "lessons" so I don't feel like it's so strict. Learning to play a guitar has the potential to be completely liberating as far as creativity and I really think it should come along with ALOT of freedom to play around. So far...so good.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 11th, 2010

Hey Roberto how are you? Yes, I truly think it's important to have fun with music and evn though there's a lot of hard work involved, I think it's important to remember that it's supposed to be fun as well, right? Great to hear from you! Mark

striped94striped94 replied on July 19th, 2010

Mark, Are there any exercises you'd recommend to help ease transitions between open chords to barre chords? I don't have a problem getting the chord to sound out clearly, just can't seem to transition as fast as basic open chords. Thanks.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on July 26th, 2010

Hey Striped are you able to attend any of my live chats? Check the schedule and see if you might be able to talk to me directly about your question as I'm quite sure I can help you. Thanks, Mark

mgrjames007mgrjames007 replied on January 2nd, 2010

Mark, are there names for type 1 and type 2 barre cords, I mean if you were going to play a type 1 barre cord..say A, would it be called a EA Barre cord, I'm a little confused, unless I'm making to much of it

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on January 4th, 2010

Hey James yes I got your message but have been unable to get back with you until now...so, keep in mind that Type 1 and Type 2 barre chords are how I refer to them. It's simply another way to remember each type of chord but no, you would not label them any differently than A or E or whatever. Just remember: Type 1 are the "E" shaped barres and Type 2 are the "A" shaped barres, that's it! Hope that helps, thanks! Mark

f16jetmanf16jetman replied on November 5th, 2009

Hy Mark thanks for the awesome lesson. I understood the concept of half steps and whole steps for notes, but I never even thought that it applied to chords, you've opened my eyes! Thanks.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on November 5th, 2009

Hey jetman great to hear from you! Yes it's truly amazing when you start to see patterns on the fretboard isn't it? Glad you're doing well with this stuff and rock on my friend! Mark

Michael RamseyMichael Ramsey replied on August 21st, 2009

Great lesson Mark. I am having difficulty making the full barre. I know my hand/fingers are not strong enough for the barring and so forth but eventually I will be able. Practice Practice..thx again

mybalzmybalz replied on October 28th, 2009

It helps me to apply slight pressure on the body of the guitar with my strumming forarm/elbow area. When you push at the body the neck will want to force outward pushing against your barred fingers helping. Push hard enough you don't need your thumb at all, but strumming would be very hard. As your fingers get stronger apply less and less pressure... you will get it...

gwilkin9gwilkin9 replied on May 26th, 2009

Heh, can i recommend using "use somebody" by Kings of Leon to practice the E-shape barre chord. This song consists of a series of them and for a very simple guitar part, it sounds awesome and is a great song. I found it has added some real motivation to stretch those fingers.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on May 27th, 2009

Hey Wilkin thanx for writing! I really like the lead singer's voice (leon?) in that band thanx for the input. It's truly amazing how we can find great exercises within the songs and the music we enjoy and it only takes listening actively to tear it all apart and learn from it. Thanx for the great suggestion! Mark

bheaphybheaphy replied on January 18th, 2009

Great lessons Mark. Thanks Bud!

ZerimarZerimar replied on January 6th, 2009

Hi Mark, in scene 4 you are performing a strumming exercise. You are going from chord to chord, and you say you are going from bar chord to bar chord. However, in the video your first finger is not "barring" over all of the strings. Is this a true bar chord? It looks like you are fretting strings 1 and 2 with your first finger. Is this how I should be trying to do this bar chord?If you are strumming all strings, and not fretting the 6th string with your first finger, wouldn't that make the chord sound off? I'm a little confused on what I should be doing with these bar chords.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on January 9th, 2009

Hey Erz thanks for writing in....concerning barre chords: the only thing you miss by not playing the sixth string is a low note at the bottom. It's important to understand that you can play chords in different ways without playing them "wrong". It's always prudent to learn to do the chords every way you can and Not get too tied into the concept of what is right or wrong because this will limit your ability to paly in the longrun.Mark

jboothjbooth replied on January 6th, 2009

Neither way is right or wrong to be honest and depends on what you are playing. The thing to keep in mind with a barre chord is that if you avoid playing the 6th string, you still have all of the notes needed for the chord so it is indeed still proper. I personally would recommend playing the progression with a full barre chord just because it will build strength, but it certainly doesn't hurt to experiment. If you would like to get more information on this please check out the following lesson as it deals directly with the subject : http://www.jamplay.com/members/guitar/phase1/mark-lincoln-30/lesson12.html

lorenloren replied on August 3rd, 2008

Mark I really like your lessons - but I am having trouble changing over to the barre chords. The E is difficult for me - the A impossible. Either my fingers are not correct or my hand is too small. Any ideas? Thanks

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 13th, 2008

Hi Loren. Yes, Jeff makes some good points and practice is definitely a key factor to learning the more difficult exercises in guitar. Try to go back to mastering the open chords, i.e. your E and A open chords, before going on to the barre chords. Guitar, like any instrument, relies on a firm foundation of the basic skills before mastery of the more difficult skills are possible or probable. Keep at it and maybe increase your practice time on a daily basis and I'm sure you'll get better. Hang in there. Mark

jboothjbooth replied on August 5th, 2008

The barre chords are all about hand strength. Very few people can get barre chords right instantly! don't fret, it is highly unlikely your hands are impossible. The best advice is to practice, practice, practice and your hand strength will slowly build up over time. Though there is also the possibility that the guitar you have does not have a neck that is well sized for your hands. I used to have a guitar where I could just NOT barre very well, it was a combo of the action (string height) and the size and shape of the neck. I went to a store and picked out a guitar that fit my hands and they were MUCH easier.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 2nd, 2008

Hey Russ, thanks for your support and the compliments. It's always great to hear from everybody and get feedback as well. Mark

skaterstuskaterstu replied on August 1st, 2008

great practice exercise.. thanks

flyrerflyrer replied on July 30th, 2008

Thanks Mark, It's great to have such good instructors on this site, I pick something new from everybody. Also really like your music on myspace. Russ

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About Mark Lincoln View Full Biography Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.

Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.

Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.

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DJ Phillips DJ Phillips

Learn a handful of new blues techniques while learning to play Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The House Is Rockin'".

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Tom Appleman Tom Appleman

Tom Appleman takes a look at a blues in E with a focus on the Chicago blues style. The bass line for Chicago blues is very...

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Mike introduces himself and his series.

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JD teaches the pentatonic and blues scales and explains where and when you can apply them.

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James explains how to tap arpeggios for extended musical reach.

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Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal pulls out all the stops in his blistering artist series. Dive into the intense,...

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Allen shows you the 24 rudiments crucial to developing finger dexterity. This is a short lesson but the exercises here can...

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Brent-Anthony Johnson Brent-Anthony Johnson

Just like with the plucking hand, Brent-Anthony shows us the basics of proper fretting hand technique. In addition, he shows...

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Michael "Nomad" Ripoll dives deep into the rhythm & blues, funk, and soul genres that were made popular by artists like Earth...

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