Play Along with Mulitple Chord Voicings (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

Play Along with Mulitple Chord Voicings

In this lesson, Mark guides you through the world of alternate chord voicings. He teaches several shapes and shows how they can be used to enhance your playing.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 23:06Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (02:45) Introduction to Chords Review
Please practice and review the following before moving on with this lesson:
- Warm-up the hands.
- Stretch the wrists.
- Play the major and minor open chords.
- Warm up your strumming muscles by relaxing the wrists and letting the pick flow over the strings.
- Play the E major chord in the “new” way and play the type 1 barre chords.
- Play the A major chord in the “new” way and play the type 2 barre chords.
- Practice the “slanting A” technique.
- Practice the type 1 minor barre chords.
- Practice the type 2 minor barre chords.
- Play all of the type 1 mini-barre chords.
- Play all of the type 2 mini-barre chords.
- Review and practice quantitative and qualitative techniques.
- Review last week’s exercises.
- Practice "wrist warming".
Well, congratulations my musical friends! You've made it to the fiftieth lesson in my guitar series, which means one very important thing: you have the patience and diligence to dedicate yourself to learning one of the most difficult yet awesome instruments in the world, the guitar! We've talked extensively about chords, chord construction, strum patterns, liquid chords, as well as many other important facets of the guitar. We've covered large areas of ground and have much more to traverse, so let's get going!

Last week we took a series of chords and practiced strumming them as well as playing them in different positions on the fretboard, right? This week's lesson has a similar focus. My ultimate goal is to give you a series of chords to play with and to teach you some of the other voicings and positions for these chords. As usual, I encourage you to revisit last week's lesson as I will undoubtedly be utilizing some of that material as a jumping off point for today's lesson. That having been said, let's go! For today's lesson, we’re going to concentrate on the chords Em, G, D, and A.

Here are the initial chords that we’ll be working with:

Em
E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_2_
A_2_
E_0_

G
E_3_
B_0_
G_0_
D_0_
A_2_
E_3_

D
E_2_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

A
E_0_
B_2_
G_2_
D_2_
A_0_
E_x_

As usual, familiarize yourself with these chords (I hope you're very familiar with these chords by now!) and get comfortable with strumming them.
Chapter 2: (08:10) Playing Along Exercise 1
Strum the four chords using the "down, down-up-down-up" strumming pattern. Focus on producing a quality sound. Relax and strum from the wrist in a comfortable fashion. Hold the pick loosely between your fingers but not so loosely that it falls out of your hands. Keep track of time as well! Play with a metronome or some other time keeping device. Last week we discussed how to make changes more easily and readily by forming chords in a fashion that will increase the likelihood of hitting the next one in the series more accurately. (This also will help to keep the time signature straight.) Watch me in the video for more on this as I'll show you some quick and easy techniques that will help you to speed up your chord changes.

Exercise 2
Play the four open chords with your eyes closed. I want to make good and sure that you all have a clear mental representation of these chords before we move on. Make sure you are playing each chord cleanly and are not muting strings. Also, make sure you are playing in time. If you need to play this exercise at half speed first to get comfortable, then do so. Increase the tempo only when you are ready.

Exercise 3
Now, play the four open chords while palm muting. Your strum pattern and timing should be the same, only with the palm-muting technique added in. Remember to gently rest the opponents pad (the meaty, muscular part of your hand that supports the thumb) on the strings while strumming with the pick or fingers. Palm muting, structurally speaking, is almost the exact opposite of "standard" picking as the opponens pad is gently raised in standard picking and lowered when palm muting.
Chapter 3: (12:13) Changing Chord Structure Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
No, not an allusion to the illustrious David Bowie, but rather an indication that we're going to use some different derivatives for the next set of exercises. Play the following chords in "new" positions...

Em
E_7_
B_8_
G_9_
D_9_
A_x_
E_x_

G
E_3_
B_3_
G_4_
D_x_
A_x_
E_x_

D
E_5_
B_7_
G_7_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

A
E_5_
B_5_
G_6_
D_7_
A_0_
E_x_

Once again, familiarize yourself with the "new" versions of the chords and get comfortable with the changes. And just for you curious souls: Em on the 7th fret is a type 2 minor mini-barre chord. G major at the 3rd fret is a type 1 major mini-barre chord. D major on the fifth fret is a type 2 major mini-barre chord. Finally, A major at the fifth fret is a type 1 major mini-barre chord. All of these chords are mini-barre versions of their larger, more challenging barre chords. Look for ways that you might be able to ease the burden on your fingers by finding potential shortcuts from one chord to the next. For insight into this, watch me in the video. Hopefully I can guide you through some of the in's and out's of using mini-barre chords effectively.

Exercise 4
Use the mini-barre versions of the chords Em, G, D, and A. Use the same strum that we used in previous exercises, "down, down-up-down-up." You may want to play pieces of the changes in this exercise like Em to G at first. Then play D to A, then D to A to Em, etc. until you feel more comfortable with the changes. You may notice with these particular chords that there are similarities between their structures. How do you think you can make those similarities work for you and facilitate quicker and more accurate chord changes? Start this exercise slowly. Then, work up the tempo as you get more familiar with the changes.

Exercise 5
Play Em, G (3rd fret), D, A (5th fret) combining open chords with the mini-barres. Again, you may want to work on parts of the exercise initially before you try the whole thing at once! Play the exercise slowly at first and speed up as you become more accustomed to the changes. Just like last week's lesson, I'll show you these changes in the video and allow you ample time to watch the way I construct the exercise and navigate the changes.

In the tradition of "liquid" chords and in the spirit of exploring new and unusual chords, here's a new E minor chord for you to play with!

E minor (4th fret)
E_0_
B_5_
G_4_
D_5_
A_x_
E_0_

Play this chord by placing your first finger on the G-string 4th fret, your second or middle finger on the D-string 5th fret, and your ring finger on the B-string 5th fret. This chord should look like an inverted D major chord. Try to avoid striking the open A string with this chord as it will make it sound dissonant and unpleasant.

Exercise 6
Use the "new" E minor chord in your progression with any combination of the chords we've used today. Play with the strum of your choice and, as mentioned before, make sure you start by playing pieces of the exercise in order to master the individual changes.

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triadbluetriadblue replied on April 10th, 2013

Great job mark. Say hi to your great grandfather Abraham for me. triadblue

zigoslav97zigoslav97 replied on January 12th, 2012

Great lesson, i would like to give a tip about chagin those mini barre. When you hold that 1st minor, maybe you find easier if you bar E and B string with first finger ( it wont change chord ), so when you change to 2nd chord ( that major ) you already have a bar, just slide and put 2nd finger string higher. And when you go to 3rd chord you can also bar E and B strings so when you go to fourth chord you already got a bar ... idk ... i found that this makes it easier for me a lot. Have fun!

alshyalshy replied on February 9th, 2010

great lesson Mark need to visit a few time to get up to speed i like these kind of changes keeps the hands moving

gorbaggorbag replied on November 1st, 2009

To practice palm muting in the E, G, D, A progression, are we supposed to play and also mute all of the strings in each chord, or just find out own style?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on November 3rd, 2009

Hey Gor how are you? Yes, you should give it a shot palm muting while you're playing but keep in mind that you will always be incorporating your own style, your own way of doing things as well. Good luck and let me know how it's working for you. Mark

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

Hey Eganse thanks for writing in! Yes there will be more stuff like this so keep your eyes peeled! Thanks! Mark

sean.egansean.egan replied on October 6th, 2009

Great stuff--more like this please! Love the different chord voicings and practicing moving between open chords and barre chords.

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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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