Barre Chord Basics: An introduction to playing Barre Chords

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In this video lesson you’ll learn the four basic barre chord shapes and how to use them to create major and minor chords all over the fretboard.


Barre chords are created by using one finger to press down some or all of the strings. Typically, you use your index (1) finger to press down all the strings and then form chords underneath. There are four basic shapes that you can use to form any basic major or minor chord. The four shapes are E, E minor, A, and A minor. They are just what they sound like – form an E, Em, A, or Am shape underneath the barre that you make with your index finger. You then move them up and down the fretboard to form the chord you want.