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Barre Chords

Barre Chords

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A Barre Chord (bɛ́ri kɔ́rd) is a type of chord that requires a guitar player to use one finger to press more than one string down at a time. These types of chords are extremely versatile, by sliding up and down the neck of the guitar while keeping one of a few barre chord hand shapes, they can be used to form different chords easily. Though not complex in theory, barre chords are tough for beginners because they require maintaining constant pressure over the multiple strings at once. As the strings digging into the untrained unhardened finger can be uncomfortable, some players use  metallic finger sleeves for people initially learning barre chords.
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Guitar Chord

Chord

Chord & Scales
A chord (kɔ́rd) is a series of notes that are played at the same time, in harmony. More specifically, a chord is a series of three or more notes, usually a combination of at least the first note of a key and the third and fifth note of the same key. A basic chord that consists of those three notes is also known as a triad to music theorists; chords can also be described as majors, minors diminished or augmented.
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Open Strings

Open String

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The term Open String (ópən strɪ́ŋ) refers to any string that is played without pressing it to against the fret. The open strings are tuned E(6), A(5), D(4), G(3), B(2), e(1), from low to high. Open string chords refers to the basic chords on a guitar, and are usually the first chords a new guitar player learns. These chords are very simple; C Major, D major, D7, B7, G Major, G7, A Major, A7, A Minor, D Minor, C7, E Major, E Minor, and E7. They are called the open chords because they utilize open strings, and are a combination of open and fretted strings.
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Scales

Scales

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Scales (skélz) are a set of notes that can be strung together. In the western music scale, there are 8 notes. Each note, represented by a letter of the alphabet, climbs until it reaches the same note that it started with. There are typically three major types of scales: The major scale, the minor scale and the harmonic minor scale. However, there are also certain scales for the various modes, which are scales that are built off of the tones from another key. There is a specific formula for each type of scale that can be applied to any key. These formulas help players determine exactly what notes are in each key. Here is the formula for the major scale: W | W | H | W | W | W | H - where "W" stands for "whole-step" and the "H" stands for "half-step." A whole step means players must skip a fret. Alternatively, half steps are frets that are right next to each other.
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