Hi! I’m Nate Savage and welcome to video
6 of the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. In this lesson, we’re going to learn two
shapes for some minor bar chords. These are going to be really important for you because
in the next lesson, you’re going to have to know these minor bar chord shapes to play
through some of the more common chord progressions that we’re going to learn. These minor bar
chord shapes should be pretty easy for you to pick up because they’re based off of
the two major bar chord shapes that you already learned in the last couple of lessons.
To get started, let’s use our sixth string E bar chord shape as a basis, so what we’re
going to do is put that bar code shape to our bars on the fifth fret. We’re basically
making an A bar chord using the E shape, right? Now to turn this into a minor bar chord, all
you’re going to have to do is change one note. This is really easy. All you have to
do is take your middle finger off. So do that a couple of times. Get that shape on there
and you’re going to turn this A major bar chord into an A minor bar chord just by taking
your middle finger off. And try to remember all of the tips I gave you about making your
bar chords clean sounding and if you’ll notice when I take my middle finger off, just
automatically comes back and kind of helps out with the bar duties back here with my
index finger. Just makes it a little bit easier on your bar.
Do you see how basically we just took an E major bar chord shape, an open E major and
turn it into an E minor, exactly the same way; only we use the bar instead of using
open chords? And just like all of your other bar chords that we’ve learned, this shape
is movable. If you look at your sixth string notes as a reference, you can use that to
move this bar chord all around to find out which specific minor bar chord you’re playing.
So for example, if I moved this bar chord up to where my bar was on the seventh fret, that
note on the seventh fret of this sixth string is a B, so this would be a B minor bar chord
using the E minor shape. So move that shape all around and just remember that the name
of the specific bar chord you’re playing comes from the lowest root note on the sixth string. The next minor bar chord shape that we’re
going to learn comes from your open A major chord shape that we learned earlier. What
I want you to do is just put that major bar chord shape, the A major bar chord shape fifth
string root note, right, to where your bar is on the seventh fret. That’s going to
be an E major bar chord because this note here on the seventh fret of the A string is
an E. Just like the last shape we learned, we only have to change one note but this one
isn’t quite as easy. We have to change the fingering a little bit because this note here
that you’re playing with your pinky on the ninth fret needs to go down one fret and
you can’t really do that. So what we have to do is change the fingering up. Your middle finger is going to come back here on the eighth fret of the B string and then your pinky is
going to grab the ninth fret of the G string and your third finger is going to grab the
ninth fret of the D string. Leave the low E string out, make sure. That’s the shape
for your A minor shape bar chord. In this case, since our index finger on the seventh
fret is on an E, this is going to be an E minor chord using the A minor shape.
Do you see how we just lowered this note that was right here with our pinky back one fret,
change the fingering up to make this shape. Get that shape down and then just like any
of your other bar chords, move it all around the fretboard. One really easy way to remember the shape, if you’re having trouble memorizing it, is to just think of your sixth string
root note major bar chord shape. It’s the same exact shape with these three fingers.
It’s just moved over one string set. So, changing from that major to that minor bar chord is
a really great way to think about that. Try switching between that major shape and the
minor shape over and over again, just to get them down. And then once you get that down,
when you have the shape pretty solid, just move it up and down the fretboard using the notes on the A string, on the fifth string as a reference to see what exact minor bar
chord you’re playing. Thanks for watching this lesson. I hope you
enjoyed it. Take both of these minor bar chord shapes and just move them up and down the
fret board. In the next lesson, we’re going to play through some of the most important
chord progressions that you’re going to learn as a guitar player and you’re going
to use all the bar chords we’ve learned so far to do that. If you have any questions,
you can leave them here in the comments or email me [email protected] and I’ll
see you in the next lesson.