Barre Chord Exercise Using A Real Song (Hand In My Pocket)

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Hey everyone! Today’s lesson is going to be a little bit different than usual. Instead of learning a song in the easiest way possible, we’re going to use that song as an exercise to help us learn something. Barre chords are one of the first major hurdles that most guitar players face and through exercises we can certainly improve but what if we turn real songs into exercises? In this lesson, we’ll be using “Hand In My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette as a barre chord exercise.

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This song uses just one shape, moved along the fretboard. I call this the 90s shape since it’s so prevalent in music from that era. The shape is a combination of a barre chord but with some open strings. It gets your hand in the correct position so that later all you’ll have to do is add the barre. This is a great intermediary step between the regular chords and full on bar chords. Once we take a look at the chord shapes and we work our way through them we work on a strumming pattern. Something a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s usually the rhythm that makes a song sound a certain way.

The lesson concludes with a play-along – one time through the song and at a slower speed.

Hope you enjoy the lesson and I’ll see you soon!