Barre-ish Chords (with Sovereign Hands)

Barre chords are useful chord shapes, but they tend to get very messy when you put in some distortion because many notes are played at once. What I usually do is to play selective notes from the barre chord to create a neater and more crunchy sound, as demonstrated below:



The chords here are G, Dm, F, C.

Two patterns are used here, though they sound quite similar. The first uses only the A, D, and B strings, while the second uses the A, G and B strings. Hence a G chord would be played like this:
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-12------12----
-----or--12----
-12------------
-10------10----
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To convert this into a minor chord, move the topmost note back a fret (B string, from 12 to 11th fret). The first pattern utilises all three notes from each chord, creating a fuller sound than the second pattern, which uses the root and middle note only.

To avoid strumming on the other strings, keep a low angle between your fingers and the fretboard, such that the fretting fingers touch the other strings lightly to mute them.

Also, do experiment around more with other combinations of notes, starting with the barre chord - you might find interesting and very usable shapes!

8 comments:

GabonMx said...

K, i need help i don't understand the patterns of Barre Ish,

----
-12-(B)
-12-(G)
----
-10-(G)
----
G

and G chord

-3--(G)
----
----
----
-2--(B)
-3--(G)
G

() Note played in the Strings

The order is not the same, or don't get your lesson, please help and explain me, thanks in advanced

kenny said...

Its ok if the order is not the same.. the main thing you should watch out for are what notes are included in the chord, and what the root note is.

GabonMx said...

ok, man thanks alot, i got it, thanks thanks, i use this in others song or recommend me some songs to use it, thanks again

Anonymous said...

hey i was trying to play these chords but...i keep hitting the e string or the string doesnt ring properly...any ideas??

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ykeab94 said...

thank you for your work,
this chord is totally awesome!!
thank you!!

ykeab94 said...

I just realize this chord was C7 chord! Lol

ykeab94 said...

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This site has all the chords lesson, easy to learn,