Announcement: Releases “Beginner Guitar Lesson on Barre Chords - How to Play Barre Chords on Guitar”

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Before you try these barre chords you need to make sure you can play some basic open chords

“Before you try these barre chords you need to make sure you can play some basic open chords”, says Johnson, “the seven chords I recommend you start with are; Em, G, C, D, Am, A and E”. Claude demonstrates how to play barre chords starting with Am7 (A minor seven) as follows; first finger barred across all of the strings at the 5th fret and 7th fret of the 5th string with 3rd finger. “This is probably the easiest one”, says Johnson, “by simply moving the whole shape up one whole step it becomes Bm7”. Claude continues by demonstrating what he calls “the four essential shapes” as follows; major with the root on the 6th string; first finger barred across the 5th fret of all the strings, 7th fret of the 5th string with 3rd finger, 7th fret of the 4th string with 4th finger and 6th fret of the 3rd string with 2nd finger. To make this shape into a minor chord you simply remove your 2nd finger. Next Claude demonstrates the 5th string root shapes as follows; for major; barre your first finger across the 5th fret of the first five strings and barre your 3rd finger across the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings one whole step above your first finger. For minor; barre your first finger across the 5th fret of the first five strings, one whole step above on the 4th and 3rd strings with 3rd and 4th fingers and one half step above on the 2nd string with 2nd finger. Guitar TAB’s are available for this easy beginner guitar lesson at

Bar Chords are where one or more fingers are used to press down multiple strings across the guitar fingerboard enabling the guitarist to play a chord not restricted by the tones of the guitar's open strings. Bar chords are often referred to as moveable chords, as the whole hand may easily be moved up and down the neck in one movement.

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Claude Johnson, a native of Philadelphia PA, began playing guitar in 1990 after being inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is the creator of and has helped 1000’s of people to learn to play the guitar with his critically acclaimed instructional DVD courses, all available at

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