Chord Fingering (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

Chord Fingering

Mark explains how chord fingerings must be altered when applying "liquid chord" concepts. He also provides a few new "liquid chord" exercises.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 11:10Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:26) Welcome Back Welcome back to another amazing basic guitar lesson with Mark Lincoln! Get your guitar out and tuned up. It's time to play!
Chapter 2: (00:37) Lesson Introduction In this lesson, Mark Lincoln continues his discussion of liquid chords. This time around, he specifically talks about the D chord. He also throws in some hammer-ons and pull-offs. Make sure you are familiar with the basic D chord and have a grasp of what a hammer-on and pull-off is.
Chapter 3: (01:48) Review Section Before moving on with the lesson, please review and practice 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.
- Play all of the type 2 mini-bar chords.
- Review and Practice New Techniques.
Now that you are warmed up and refreshed, it's time to move on with the lesson.
Chapter 4: (04:20) D Chord Exercise One of the most important aspects of being able to play your chords in a more flexible and liquid fashion is the ability to position your hands in different ways. Up to this point, we have primarily discussed chord positions as a relatively stable facet of guitar. However, I'm hoping that you will remember that from the beginning of this lesson series I have told you that it's important to be able to play your chords in every way possible. Today I'll show you why.

You may remember from last week's lesson that we were talking about liquid chords. At the end of the lesson, we focused specifically on the D chord. The open D is arguably the most easily manipulated of the open chords and can be played in a number of different positions. Here is the open D.

D Major
E_2_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

This is the original fingering that we learned for this chord, right? Simple! But what if we decide to play D like this:

Dsus2
E_0_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

Make this Dsus2 chord by placing your first finger on the G-string second fret, and your middle finger on the B-string third fret. Playing this D chord frees up your third finger and pinky to "liquify'" your chord, add or subtract notes, hammer-on or pull off notes, etc. Watch!

Now we can play with the pinky finger and form some new chords.

Play these new D chords using the alternate fingering listed above.

D5
E_5_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

This chord should be played using the first finger on the G-string second fret, the second finger on the B-string third fret, and your pinky on the high E-string on the fifth fret (stretch it out). The next chord in the series should look like this (as we saw in last week's lesson):

D sus4
E_3_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

This chord should be played using your first finger on the G-string second fret, middle finger on the B-string third fret and your third finger on the high E-string third fret.

Then, the open D chord should be played traditionally or as we originally learned it.

D Major
E_2_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

Here's the last chord in the series, at least for our present purposes:

D sus2
E_0_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

Play these four chords using the strum or "down down up down down down up down" and watch me carefully in the video for more insight into this exercise. Play each chord four times using the new strum and then change the positioning of your hand to the "new" position. Do you notice how the only thing we're actually changing is the position on the high E-string? We're just changing our fingering and walking down the E to make new chords.
Chapter 5: Lesson Exercises Exercise 1
Try the liquified D chords, but this time, use the strum pattern of your choice. Get accustomed to forming the D chords with your fingers as perpendicular to the neck as possible. Try this exercise again, but try to change your fingering after one strum pattern of each chord. I know this may take a little bit of work, so relax and give yourself plenty of time to get the first part of the exercise down.

Exercise 2
Repeat the exercises listed above. This time however, change to a C chord after the last D chord (Dsus2).

Again, focus on creating a beautiful sound! Pay close attention to your fingering on the neck. Make sure you are keeping your strumming muscles relaxed.

Exercise 3
Play the exercises explained above, but try changing to different chords after playing the D chords. Some of the changes will likely be easier than others, so start with the ones that you have a better grasp of to warm-up. Then, work on the more difficult changes. Try to focus on the more difficult changes until they become easier for you. Be patient! Some of these changes may be longer term types of projects for you. Be patient and relax!

Hammer-ons and Pull-offs
Using hammers and pulls with the walking D exercise can create even more beauty and complexity. Watch me in the video as I play this exercise. Keep in mind that this will put your fingers to the test! Remember to relax and do all of the warm-ups and stretches before diving into this stuff. Most of all, relax and allow yourself plenty of time to master this stuff. It really does come with time and practice.

You'll hear me say over and over again to take your time with some of this stuff, especially as we advance into the more difficult techniques. Guitar, like any instrument, takes time and diligent practice to learn and master. I would hate to see any of you burn yourself out because you're not giving yourself the credit for accomplishing the things you already have and the time to learn the new lessons. Remember that learning an instrument is really a lifelong process and you can always come back and look at the previous lessons to refresh yourself and gain a new perspective. Breathe!!!

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wenglandwengland replied on June 16th, 2015

Hey there Mark, just wanted to say I like your style bro. Getting a lot from your recording series of lessons...cheers

socalrockrsocalrockr replied on February 17th, 2015

Great refresher lessons on chord progressions.Eatin' this stuff up.Anxious to get on to my new Les Paul Classic(rocker dude) I got for Christmas.I owed it to myself to relearn long forgotten chords before that.To think,the Doctors' said I would never play again.LOL.

mdunner59mdunner59 replied on December 4th, 2013

HAVING TROUBLE WITH BABY FINGER AND MIDDDLE THEY WANT TO MOVE TOGETHER. LOVE THE LESSONS

kiraj777kiraj777 replied on October 13th, 2011

Awesome job Mark....you are making us think!!

toilabuiducanhtoilabuiducanh replied on October 8th, 2010

Mark, thanks for the useful lessons, but may I ask, I feel there is something missing in this lesson set, like about reading notes and playing them (I watched a lesson set called Learn & Master Guitar and the author put lessons about this first) but your lessons seem to be just about chords. Is that a comprehensive approach to guitar learning? Just curious.

jboothjbooth replied on October 8th, 2010

You basically hit the nail on the head! Mark is teaching the way he learned. You may want to check out a few other teacher's lessons though who get a bit more into the type of stuff you are asking about.

mgapmgap replied on June 16th, 2010

Great lesson Mark- and yes my hand is aching, but I'm loving it.

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

Nice Mike, good to hear from!

mtclimber1mtclimber1 replied on April 22nd, 2010

Good stuff Mark. I just started with jamplay and I've already learned a ton. Look forward to the rest of your lessons.

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

Thanks Mt climber, I'm really glad you're enjoying the lessons and learning from them as well...great to hear from you! Mark

lizelize replied on August 13th, 2009

I'm eating this class up like cherry pie Mark!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 13th, 2009

Hey Lize thanks and great to hear from you! I love cherry pie by the way! Mark

alshyalshy replied on June 3rd, 2009

thanx Mark another great lesson, there a few songs in that lesson if you catch my drift. looking forward to the next one thanx again

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on June 4th, 2009

Thanx Alshy and great to hear from you my friend! Take care, Mark

currannicurranni replied on March 22nd, 2009

fantastic... i was doing this anyway haha...i feel inventive now!!!

EdwinaEdwina replied on March 2nd, 2009

Mark, This is a great lesson. This is the stuff I think a lot of us "beginners" want to learn.

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E Shape Barre Chords

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Minor Barre Chords

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A Minor Shape Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords based on the shape of the "open" Am chord. He refers to these chords as "Type 2 Minor" barre chords.

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A Shape Mini Barre

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Minor Mini Barre Chords

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Spicing up Chords

Mark demonstrates how chord progressions can be spiced up by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs.

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Chord Fingering

Mark explains how chord fingerings must be altered when applying "liquid chord" concepts. He also provides a few new "liquid chord" exercises.

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Precision Strumming

Mark returns to the land of chords. This time around, he provides an exercise that contains four variations on the A chord.

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D to D in Six Steps

Mark provides a chord progression that shifts from one D chord to another in six steps.

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Quantitative and Qualitative Changes

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Quantitative and Qualitative Review

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Rhythm and Guitar

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Expanded Rhythm Exercise

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Cadd9 and Dsus2

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Finger Glue and Flexibility

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Sliding

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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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