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#1 Rbt618

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 01:40 AM

I am really good at this one chord, just not so fast at transitioning from some chords - but others I am really quick with. Gets me thinking, knowing any barre chord - - Does that mean in every situation, calling for an F major chord; for example, I will always use the F major Barre chord or would there be times I would use the regular four string F chord that I used to use before learning any barre chord??


  

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#2 NeilES335

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 03:32 AM

It all depends on the situation and the music. Eventua─║ly you"ll learn to play an Fmaj cord in several different ways all over the neck. The course introduces the Fmaj barre cord as a beginni g to all the 6th string root barre cords so you will become proficient with this shape.

#3 Matonanjin

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 02:40 PM

I am really good at this one chord, just not so fast at transitioning from some chords - but others I am really quick with. Gets me thinking, knowing any barre chord - - Does that mean in every situation, calling for an F major chord; for example, I will always use the F major Barre chord or would there be times I would use the regular four string F chord that I used to use before learning any barre chord??

There are the 6th string 1st fret barre chords, your four string barre chords, and other voicings as Neil mentioned.  It's your music; you'll play it the way you want. Does the sheet music call for a 6th string barre chord and you want to stay true to the music?  Play the 1st fret barre chord.  Are you jamming and there are several guitar players and one of them is playing an F barre chord?  If you want to stay out of his way, play it differently. 

 

Not the F chord, but I was working with a guy on "The Thrill is Gone", which is a chord progression Bm, Em, Bm, G, F#.   On the Bm he had me play it at 7th fret 6th string.  For me, since I was already up at the 3rd and 2nd fret for the G and F#, respectively, I asked him if I couldn't play the Bm at the 2nd fret, 5th string.  He said, "Sure.  It's your music" (which is obviously where I got the expression ).


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#4 NeilES335

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 06:19 AM

And of course if there is a bass player playing the root of the cord you would not likely step on his toes by playing that too...just the top of three or 4 strings would do.

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 12:18 PM

Just a thought: F Major, which is F-A-C, heads a wonderful family of chords, including F added 9th F-A-C-G; F6 (added 6th) F-A-C-D; F Major7 F-A-C-E; etc. etc. most of which are much easier to fret than the tortured Fret I barre chord F Major. All of them add richness of tone and in most instances won't distract from the standard music notation. We think of these as variations of F Major. When we get to the point when we can focus on the total music rather than just learning to play the drills, which give us the basics, it's good to read ahead and see which variation can "improve" our performance. If it doesn't overtax our mini-brains, it's good to learn the variations. I always told myself, "Self," says I, "Enjoy the music; don't just play it." Lotsa luck.


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#6 SandyB53

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 11:07 AM

Wow Mr. Wells, that makes "Perfect Sense"! It is Amazing what "Wisdom" can bring us. I am not in Session 7 yet but I will Certainly Remember this Tip. I will learn the F Major Barre Chorde but this Tip will Always be in my Mind when playing a Song. Thanks Again Mr. Wells.


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#7 Ron aka Columbo

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 06:28 PM

Darn Jwells you are so right.. wish my brain could think like yours sometime.


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