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A Shape Barre Chords (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

A Shape Barre Chords

Mark covers the A Shape / Type 2 barre chords in greater depth.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 17:12Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (13:08) Review and A Shape Warm-Up Time
Before moving on with this lesson, be sure to review and warm-up with the following:
- 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 outlined in the new lesson and play the type 1 barre chords.
Warmed up and ready to go? Good!

As you might recall from our last lesson, the type 1 barre chords use the open E major chord as their central configuration. Keep in mind that the first finger must remain free to to barre all six strings or simply hold down the B and high E strings. Refer back to last week's lesson plan if you need to refresh your memory.

Type 2 Barre Chords
The type 2 barre chords use the A major chord as their central configuration.
Here is the A chord that you are familiar with:

E_0_
B_2_
G_2_
D_2_
A_0_
E_X_


Just as we did with the type 1 barre chords, I want you to play the A chord in a new way.

Leaving your first finger free, put your middle finger on the D-string second fret, your third finger on the G-string second fret, and your pinky on the B-string second fret. This is the exact same chord that you’ve been playing. Now however, the first finger is free to perform other tasks. Play the A chord with this fingering and this strum: down down down down or simply down down down down. Remember to relax your wrist and allow the pick to flow over the strings.

If you have viewed my last couple of lessons, then you have heard me talk about the sloping A-chord, which is just another way of playing the above A chord, but with just the third or ring finger. This method takes some finger strength and some practice but is inevitably the best way to play the A configuration when playing the type 2 barre chord. It would look like this:

A major
E_0_
B_2_
G_2_
D_2_
A_0_
E_X_

In the sloping A-chord, rather than using the second, third and fourth fingers to play this configuration, use only the third or ring finger to play all three fretted notes. Watch my lesson carefully to see how I do this.

When you first try this, your ring finger may have the tendency to just lay flat, touching the high E-string (which you must try to avoid even though it may be difficult right now). Or, it may not be able to hold down the strings properly, creating a buzz or muted string sound. These are natural side effects of attempting this method and can be remedied by repetitious practice and increased flexibility. Also, as I will demonstrate in the video lessons again and again, pushing your chord hand forward and keeping your fingers perpendicular to the fret board should help you to push your ring finger into the sloping position and help to improve contact with the appropriate strings.

Now, play the sloping A chord in the last rhythm that I showed you. (downdowndowndown) For this next part, remember where the half and whole steps occur in the musical alphabet. Here is a B chord in the type 2 barre formation:

B Major
E_2_
B_4_
G_4_
D_4_
A_2_
E_X_

Notice the A configuration at the fourth fret of this chord. Play this B chord using the sloping A-chord over the strings on the fourth fret. Then, either place your first finger over the A-D-G-B-E strings at the second fret or just simply cover the high E-string at the second fret. Notice the A chord pattern within the B chord and how it is a whole step or two frets above where the A-chord is played. Play this chord using the "down down down" rhythm that we've been using today. Here is a type 2 C chord:

C Major
E_3_
B_5_
G_5_
D_5_
A_3_
E_X_

Again, notice the A configuration at the fifth fret. Remember when you look at the B chord I just showed you, and when you look at this chord, that there is only a half step between B and C. Hence, I only moved up one fret. Play this chord using the sloping A configuration or if you need to, using the three-finger technique that we started with. Play this chord with the down down down down rhythm and continue to work on your sloping A technique. After that, play the type 2 D chord by simply moving the C chord up two frets or a whole step. Then, play the E chord by moving up a whole step. Finally, play the F-chord by moving up a half step. Hopefully you now why you need to know where the half and whole steps go. Once you have mastered this system, you can figure out where chords are all over the fretboard!
Chapter 2: (04:20) Exercises Exercise 1
Play the E major chord using the “new” fingering. Then, play all of the type 1 barre chords as far up the neck as you can using this strum: down up down up or "down up down up." Concentrate on listening to the sound that you're producing and try to keep your hand perpendicular to the neck of the guitar. Play each chord four times and then move up the neck, naming the chords aloud as you play. If you need to refer back to where the half and whole steps are, do so now.

Exercise 2
Play the A major chord with the "new" fingering, and then play all of the type 2 barre chords as far up the neck as you can with this strum: down up down up or "down up down up." Play each chord four times and then move up the neck. Once again name the chords to yourself as you play. Work hard on playing the sloping A, as this is an integral part of the type 2 barre chord and will facilitate your ability to play this type of chord.

Exercise 3
Play the E and then the sloping A without using your first finger). Also, play the other open chords in the context of a progression with these other chords. Try to play some barre chords mixed in with the open chords, and listen to the similarities between barre and open chords of the same name. For example, play a type 2 C chord, and then play an open C. How would you describe the overall difference in sound?

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mirrorrosemirrorrose replied on May 9th, 2013

I didn't buy a tuner... I use the tuner on the iPhone. So I don't know how to tune down a half tone. Suggestions? Also, how does your strum pattern (the new one in lesson 10) fit into 4-beat measures? the 4 beats on the metronome? Can't do the slanting A except with great effort! I hope it gets better! and thank you for the great lessons.

beyercorpuzbeyercorpuz replied on November 26th, 2012

I was wrong about B barre chord. I can bar across 2nd fret with index finger and bar d-g--b with ring finger. I was thinking I had to use first and second fingers for E and A on 2nd fret. Hence I could not stretch. But reviewing the lesson I see as said to barre 2nd fret or just play high E on 2nd fret. Please contact me anybody if this is incorrect. Thanks Chris

beyercorpuzbeyercorpuz replied on November 25th, 2012

Having trouble with B and C major barre chords using ring finger. No problem with pinky. What is best for now. I could even barre both though. Sometimes I can do it with ring finger. I don't want to get bad habits.

nole27nole27 replied on July 3rd, 2012

I can only play the sloping A finger after the barred C chord when I'm standing up.

mottlemottle replied on May 25th, 2012

Mark...starting to get somewhere finally on sloping A, but wanted your advice on thumb position. My thumb is more vertical up the neck - would it help if thumb was more parallel across the neck? Had a look again at the lesson & I think your thumb is more vertical but wasnt sure

beenawhilebeenawhile replied on April 16th, 2012

It's really annoying in a beginners lesson set that your guitar is so often tuned down a half tone.

hotrodemthotrodemt replied on April 11th, 2012

Hi mark, been dooing slope A barr all along and did not know that was a tecqune. But not on the money with my electronic tuner, on 2nd and 3rd frets. plays a whole step off. Right on the money barring A string fret7, 8, 9 frets. tuning is good. playing a new tayler 210

cumbusdcumbusd replied on December 22nd, 2011

Hi Mark, thanks for the lessons. So far it's been a great learning experience. One question, I have much difficulty so far with the sloping A. But I've found that I can nail the chords if I use my pinky finger as the sloping A. Is it okay to proceed to use my pinky finger for this or do I really need to continue practicing to get it down with my ring finger?

lewisc_77lewisc_77 replied on October 25th, 2011

hi mark, how long on average does it take to perfect the sloping A? loving the lessons by the way :)

pipespipes replied on May 29th, 2011

feel much more confident playing the a major chord with all 3 fingers when barring down the neck only got small stubby fingers and find this very painful and i dont seem to get the right results is this acceptable or will it cause problems further into the course. pipes

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on June 9th, 2011

Hey Pipes good to hear from you and welcome to the site! Concerning playing the A chord, yes it's ok for now to play the A the "traditional way" but....you should most definitely continue to practice the slanting A technique as you will eventually get a handle on it and it will help you to evolve in other ways as well:) Good luck and dont give up...ever! M

the chupacabrathe chupacabra replied on March 30th, 2011

Hey Mark, I was sitting here eating potato chips watching Andy Griffith and was wondering... So on the A shape barre chords, am I eventually supposed to play the A and the high E strings both with my first finger when I play the B chord, or only one or the other?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on April 3rd, 2011

Hey Chupa whattsup? Most people actually mute the high E string when they play the B or other "Type 2" barre chords especially since there often shouldn't be an E note in many of the chords you will be playing. Does that help? Mark

the chupacabrathe chupacabra replied on April 15th, 2011

Yes it does! Thanks

joe_culljoe_cull replied on March 16th, 2011

Hey Mark, with the B chord do you bar the whole 2nd fret of just the A and E string?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 21st, 2011

Hey Joe what's up? The B chord on the second fret should not touch the low E string but...you can overlap your first finger onto the E string if your touch is light, so you actually aren't fretting that string but rather muting it...does that help? Mark

benjy99benjy99 replied on February 20th, 2011

Hey, did anybody noticed that this guy is playing in Eb tuning? So this A chord is actually Ab. Or am I wrong?

benjy99benjy99 replied on February 20th, 2011

Ok, I see this was discussed in a previous lesson but still it'll be good to say thins in the beginning of the video. Or just tune in standard E tuning and avoid confusion and letting people retune just to be able to play along with the video.

lettterbomblettterbomb replied on January 26th, 2011

Lucky me! I'm genially engineered for the sloping A! lol

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on January 28th, 2011

Hey either word works lol! Mark

lettterbomblettterbomb replied on January 26th, 2011

genetically* hmm i think jamplay needs a edit button :D

roligmueroligmue replied on September 19th, 2010

Mark, Thinking you've seen this before with students. I'm working to cover the 3 strings with my 3rd finger as you have shown for the sloping A. I have really minimal reverse movement in my 2nd knuckle(nearest the finger tip). I'm sure others have similar issues with their hands. It's not a strength issue, it's the mobility of the finger joint to bend, backwards, in the direction needed to cover the 3 strings while not hitting the E string.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 24th, 2010

Yes, Rolig I have seen a lot of this. Try to do the slanting A again this timenot worrying if youmute the hgh E string. Many people mute that string anyway so give it a try. I wouldalso do some stretching between the fingers i.e. putting your right hand in between the fingers of the left hand and gently stretching them apart. That can also help a little...good luck though and don't give up! Mark

kc_aikenkc_aiken replied on June 13th, 2010

I've been finding it easier to use my pinky to bar the sloping A chord depending on where I am on the fret board. Is this okay?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on June 18th, 2010

You can definitely use your pinky for now but...keep in mind that by using your pinky you are, in effect, rendering your second and third fingers ineffective. So if you want to use your pinky for now I would still continue to practice with your third or ring finger as well to keep it getting stronger and stronger. Mark

keith121keith121 replied on May 9th, 2010

I'm finding to do the A slope i have to to get my finger so its kind of diagonal is this bad technique and should i have my finger parallel with the fret? I also use the harder side of my finger a little when i do barre chords. Great lesson by the way

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on May 10th, 2010

Hi Keith how are you? I know a lot of people who turn their fingers slightly although most guitar purists (i.e. classical players) will tell you to definitely try and keep your fingers as straight up and down to the fingerboard as possible. I think people have different hand shapes though and sometimes it's tough so....keep trying to do it and make clean contact and I think you're moving down the right pathway. Good to hear from you! Mark

Michael RamseyMichael Ramsey replied on August 22nd, 2009

Great lesson Mark. excellent info

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 24th, 2009

Thanx Michael...and concerning bar chords: you can definitely utile the easier "min" bars until your hands get stronger but make sure you continue to try the more difficult bars so that you are strengthening your hands. Just keep at it and you'll get it! Take care, Mark

musikkikiesmusikkikies replied on July 10th, 2009

Thank you for spending more time on the sloping A - not easy for the rookies.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on July 10th, 2009

Hey Musik thanks for writing in! Yes, the sloping 'A' can really be challenging but bear in mind that over time your hands will get stronger and stronger. Just keep at it and you'll get it! Mark

surtrsurtr replied on April 3rd, 2009

Mark, your "all jokes aside" comment cracked me up. Subtle man!

stopherlstopherl replied on March 10th, 2009

Lucky Guy. I need to work on it.

bheaphybheaphy replied on January 18th, 2009

No prob with the sloping a. I must be a natural.

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A Shape Barre Chords

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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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At JamPlay, not only can you reference our Chord Library, but you can also select any variety of chords you need to work on, and generate your own printable chord sheet.

Backing Tracks

Jam-along backing tracks give the guitarist a platform for improvising and soloing. Our backing tracks provide a wide variety of tracks from different genres of music, and serves as a great learning tool.

Interactive Games

We have teachers covering beginner lessons, rock, classic rock, jazz, bluegrass, fingerstyle, slack key and more. Learn how to play the guitar from experienced players, in a casual environment.

Beginners Welcome.. and Up

Unlike a lot of guitar websites and DVDs, we start our Beginner Lessons at the VERY start of the learning process, as if you just picked up a guitar for the first time.Our teaching is structured for all players.

Take a minute to compare JamPlay to other traditional and new methods of learning guitar. Our estimates for "In-Person" lessons below are based on a weekly face-to-face lesson for $40 per hour.

Price Per Lesson < $0.01 $4 - $5 $30 - $50 Free
Money Back Guarantee Sometimes n/a
Number of Instructors 88 1 – 3 1 Zillions
Interaction with Instructors Daily Webcam Sessions Weekly
Professional Instructors Luck of the Draw Luck of the Draw
New Lessons Daily Weekly Minutely
Structured Lessons
Learn Any Style Sorta
Track Progress
HD Video - Sometimes
Multiple Camera Angles Sometimes - Sometimes
Accurate Tabs Maybe Maybe
Scale/Chord Libraries
Custom JamTracks
Interactive Games
Community
Learn in Sweatpants Socially Unacceptable
Gasoline Needed $0.00 $0.00 ~$4 / gallon! $0.00

Mike H.

"I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar!"
 

I am 66 years young and I still got it! I would have never known this if it had not been for Jamplay! I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar! Ha! I cannot express enough how great you're website is! It is for beginners and advanced pickers! I am an advanced picker and thought I had lost it but thanks to you all, I found it again! Even though I only play by ear, I have been a member a whopping whole two weeks now and have already got Brent's country shuffle and country blues down and of course with embellishments. Thank you all for your wonderful program!


Greg J.

"With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace"
 

I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg


Bill

"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."
 

I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on JamPlay.com. Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.



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