A Shape Mini Barre (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

A Shape Mini Barre

Mark teaches the "mini barre" version of the A major shaped barre chord. He also explains dissonance.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 20:29Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:33) Musical Introduction Welcome back to another JamPlay.com basic guitar lesson! It's time to get your guitar out and get ready to play.
Chapter 2: (07:22) Review and Mini-Barre Chords Warm-Up Time
Before moving on with the lesson, be sure to review and warm-up using the following:
- 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.
Now that you are warmed up, let's move on to the good stuff.

So we've been talking about mini-barres and you all have the type 1 version of these chords down, right? If the answer is no, that's okay. Keep working on them when you do your warm-ups. So if there is a mini-barre chord for the type 1 barre chords, then there must be a mini version of the type 2 barre chord, right?

If you need to review the type 2 barre chords so that they're fresh in your mind, now would be a good time to do so. Think about B major. Here is what the B major, type 2 barre chord looks like:

B Major
E_2_
B_4_
G_4_
D_4_
A_2_
E_X_

Remember that the slanting A technique can be helpful when you're playing this type of chord. If you want to play B major as a mini-barre, then the slanting technique is necessary.

B major mini-barre
E_2_
B_4_
G_4_
D_X_
A_X_
E_X_

This chord should be played by putting your first finger on the high E-string on the second fret, your second finger on the G-string fourth fret, and your third finger on the B-string fourth fret. It's just that simple. This configuration is applicable for all of the type 2 barre chords all the way up the fretboard. Here's C major as it should be played in its standard form:

C Major
E_3_
B_5_
G_5_
D_5_
A_3_
E_X_

And here's the mini-barre :

C Major
E_3_
B_5_
G_5_
D_X_
A_X_
E_X__

See how simple that is! Remember that you should be playing less strings when you use the mini versions. This chord should only be strummed over the three highest strings, G B and E. However, if you want to add a little dissonance to your sound then you certainly can play other strings if you desire to do so.
Chapter 3: (02:00) Dissonance Dissonance can be defined as a mingling of discordant sounds (Websters Collegiate, tenth edition, 1993.) or a clashing of notes within a chord. This concept can be applied in music as either desirable or undesirable depending upon the performer’s whims and desires. Some people prefer for music to have a smooth and psychologically pleasing sound while others like it to disturb, annoy, and grate upon the nerves. Dissonance therefore is neither good nor bad but rather a matter of choice for the guitar player to determine. As you continue to play you'll figure out for yourself how much, where, and why dissonance belongs in your music.
Chapter 4: (06:06) Exercise Time Exercise 1
Play the mini-barre for B major using this strum: or the ever-present "down down-up down" strum. Pay attention to how you position your hand in order to control how many strings you're strumming. Watch me in the video for more tips on how to do this effectively.

Exercise 2
Play mini-barres for B C D E F and G all the way up the neck using this strum: or "down-up down-up" while playing the chords four times each. Don't forget about the finger glue technique, which should help you slide your hand up the neck without having to re-position your fingers every time you change chords. Also, I'm hoping that you haven't forgotten where the half and whole steps occur. If you have, the half steps are located between B-C and E-F, and the whole steps are between A-B, C-D, D-E, F-G, and G-A.

Exercise 3
Play the exercise above. Now however, after playing each of the mini-barre chords, play its open chord equivalent in order to check that you are in the right spot (except B). Use this strum: down down down down up down and play each chord four times.
Chapter 5: (04:29) More Exercises Exercise 4
First start by playing the type 2 mini-barre for C major.

C Major
E_3_
B_5_
G_5_
D_X_
A_X_
E_X_

Then play the type 1 mini-barre for G major.

G Major
E_3_
B_3_
G_4_
D_X_
A_X_
E_X_

Play this using the or "down down up down strum." Notice how similar the chord configuration is for each chord (hint hint hint!). Try to find a way to play from one chord to the next without removing your hand completely from the fretboard.

Exercise 5
Play the type 2 mini-barre D (fifth fret) and type 1 mini-barre A (fifth fret). Again, look at feel the similarities between the two chords. Pick a strum that you like and play all of the mini-barre chords - both type 1 and type 2 and pay attention to the similarities in finger placement and how you might be able to switch from one type to the other more easily.

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brianmdavisbrianmdavis replied on December 27th, 2013

Hey Mark, Thanks for the great lessons. I'm 53, played years ago, then again in 2012, quit for another year and am back for good now. You are inspiring. So much so I just bought a new Taylor DN3 which I wouldn't have if I wasnt having so much fun..Thanks for helping me take my mind off corporate America and into true enjoyment...

bevobevo replied on April 6th, 2014

The mini-bar lesson here is awesome

zenfingadozenfingado replied on October 7th, 2013

Oh yeah one more ? When muting do I actually strike the muted strings for that rhythm sound?

zenfingadozenfingado replied on October 7th, 2013

The open G played with the minibar D chord sounds pretty good. Is that still dissonance? Also just want to make sure that the palm muting comes from the thumb side of the palm and not the pinky side. Thanks.

zenfingadozenfingado replied on October 7th, 2013

So far so good. Hey did you tune your guitar back to E for this lesson?

patricksjpatricksj replied on January 6th, 2013

Hey Mark, So first of all I want to say thank you. I’ve been playing for about a year now all self taught using YouTube, different books, and things like that. Though I have been doing good I have to say I have really learned more in the last 9 or 10 lessons from you then I could have ever imagined. Ok so about the last exercise on this lesson I was having a really hard time going from Type 1 to type 2 mini bar chords. So as I was practicing I figured out I can keep the e and B strings down like in the type 1 and still play the 2 without taking my pointer finger off the B string. So like in G type 1 334xxx going to C type 2 355xxx I can just leave my pointer on the B string because the pinky is on the B on the 5th in front of it. Is it ok to do it this way?

howihowi replied on November 6th, 2011

Hi Mark. This mini barre stuff is so cool. So fast to switch from chord to chord. Thx so much for all your great lessons man! I was wondering if anyone else has trouble on the type 1 mini barres aswell. It might be wierd but i have no trouble with the full barre chords but on the type 1 mini i have trouble muting the B string.It seems better if i use the soft part between 2-3 knuckle to hold down the 2 highest strings on type 1 mini bare instead of the end of the finger. Is this ok or should i try to use end of finger?

ElaineHElaineH replied on October 5th, 2011

I'm comfused about the mini B, C, D, etc.. In the full barre form you are holding down the D string, why aren't you not holding it down when you play the mini barre forms? Thanks, Mark!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 6th, 2011

Hey Bee! You dont have to hold down the D string in that variety of chord because the note that the D string adds into each of the barre forms is also present in the mini versions. Consequently, that note can be left out (on the D string) without losing it in the mini version. Does that make sense? ML

buffy136buffy136 replied on April 27th, 2009

Mark you are one HELL of a teacher..You have taught me so much..big hug and kiss to you...thought I'd never get this guitar playing down.but now I am on my way to being the next MARK LINCOLN..lolo Ok maybe not now, but see you in a year then we will see..thank god for Jamplay and You Mr.Mark Lincoln.xoxoxox

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on April 29th, 2009

Thanks Buffy! I really appreciate the positive feedback and enjoy having you on the Q and A's as well. Good luck on your musical journey and I'll see you soon! Mark

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 17th, 2009

Hey thanks Alshy and congrats on the new Jamplay T shirt! Mark

alshyalshy replied on March 16th, 2009

wow!! mark its opening up the board, little bit confusing but will print off the notes and stick at it, trying to remember it and glue positions, practice is the answer need to learn this its cool , looking forward to next lesson thanx mark

ryanj34ryanj34 replied on September 28th, 2008

Mark, this is opening up a whole new area for me. In exercise 4 mini c to mini g, I have a calling to pivot off my middle finger and leave it down for both chords. Although the middle finger is not really being used cuase the ring finger is what is heard on the 3rd string. Is this an acceptable practice or a bad habit in its infancy?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 30th, 2008

Hey Ryan, I really don't think that what you're doing is a bad habit at all but rather a way to simplify changes and allow yourself to move more quickly and easily. Don't be afraid to do something different if it helps you to transition more smoothly. Mark

petepete replied on August 12th, 2008

Awesome lesson Mark, I was trying to figure this out on my own. It gives a lot more options when playing and is a great way to learn the fret board. Thanks

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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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