Hey, this is Matias Rengel with Guitar Control. Today, we’re going to be learning how to play more complicated chords in a very easy way, so you can strum your way all across the guitar without having to play really stretchy chords or chords that make your fingers hurt. This is going to be a very easy way. You don’t need a [inaudible 00:00:40] or nothing like that. There’s the link in the description, make sure you tap or click on it so you can download the tab and follow along with this video.
All right. The first thing that I would like to show you is the way to play it more complicated, so you can understand what it is, and then break it down in an easier way. Eventually, you will have to learn the more complicated way and you will want to, but if you’re just starting out, you don’t have to miss out on any song. You can just play this. Let’s grab, for example, a chord like the F sharp minor. You have to press all the strings with your index finger. You have to stretch out with your ring on the fourth, pinky on the forth [inaudible 00:01:25] of the fifth and fourth string. It’s a bit of a stretch for a lot of people who are just starting out and complicated, right? It leaves you out of… Just want to strum a chord, you just want to play a song, right? You just want to sing.
How can you play this chord easily? A way to play it, you’re going to skip most of the notes and you’re just going to play three essential notes that are going to define if a chord is major or minor or if it’s dominant or not. Right? With these three notes, it’s already enough. What we’re going to do, we’re going to actually, instead of the F sharp minor, let’s play the G minor, which is just one step higher, one fret higher. We’re going to press… Instead of playing this, you’re going to grab only one note, the sixth string, third`fret with your index finger. Or actually maybe perhaps play with the middle finger. It might be easier actually.
Then, grab your ring finger on the third fret of the fourth, pinky on the third fret of the third string. Now, let’s use our fingers or a pick and two fingers, whatever you prefer. If you use the finger, put the thumb on the sixth and other fingers on the fourth and third. There’s your first chord, that’s a G minor. You don’t have to play this. You can just play this. Super useful, right? You can just do that and it’s going to sound great. What I’m doing there, I’m just blocking the notes. I’m putting the fingers inside the string and then bringing them up like that.
Now, that’s a minor chord. This, the sixth string, that finger right there is defining which chord, which root is it? Right now, it’s on the G. If I move it one step, one fret up everything, that’s going to be a G sharp minor. If I move it one fret up, A minor, A sharp minor, B minor, C minor, C sharp minor. You get the idea, right? No complicating, stretching, nothing. Anyway, so that’s the first one.
Now, for the major, it gets a little bit more complicated because you have major seven and dominant seven, right? Let’s grab a chord like, for example, we want to play, yeah, B flat major. It’s just like the minor, but we add the third string we played right there. See? How do we play this in a better way? The way that I’m going to do, we definitely want to play the root and the third, because the third is going to define that it’s major. Now, we have to be careful. In the minor chord, you can just play this minor seven, which is this one, and all the minor chords have minor seven, but this one, if I play the seven and then I go to the dominant chord, it’s going to sound awkward because the dominant wants to be dominant.
How can we play it so we only bring it to one note that we don’t have to worry about changing the actual shape of the chord? Let’s play a six. There you go, play a six. This is going to be our B flat major six. Okay, we’re going to press right there, sixth fret of the sixth string, fifth fret of the fourth string, seventh fret of the third string. That’s a major chord, a major six. Now, you can play this and you can play this. It sounds amazing.
Let’s grab, for example, a scale, right? Let’s grab G major scale. We rub the third fret of the sixth, play our major chord that we know. Then, we go to A, which is the second degree, and play our minor chord that we know, B minor, C major, D major, E minor, F sharp minor. Now, the thing about the F sharp minor is that in the G major scale and any major scale, that chord is going to be F sharp minor seven flat five. Since I’m not playing the five, I don’t have to worry about it. I’m just playing the third and the seventh.
Now, make sure you download the tab because you’re going to be able to follow and play. I’m going to write down this thing that I just did. I know that I showed you the actual shapes, but I mean it’s going to take me forever if I try to show you all the different combinations you can do. Download the tab, there’s a link in the description, so you can follow this. Yeah, there you go. That’s a very easy way. Now, you can grab a simple pattern like, for example, some upper notes and then bring the hand up. Now, I’m going to be writing this down in the tab, so make sure that you check it out.
Now, the more complicated way would be to do something like… Of course, it sounds a little bit more rich and everything. If you’re just starting out and you still want to play a lot of chords, now you know where to play. Whenever you see a dominant or wherever you see C dominant, you go to the C, play that one. You see A minor, go to the A, play that one. Yeah, that’s all for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson.
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