In Part I of our barre chord lesson (which you can find here) we learned the most common major and minor shapes and we started to work on building finger strength.
The next step is to learn how to move these shapes along the fretboard to unlock all the major and minor chords.
Navigate The Fretboard
You can “count up” from the open string using this simple set of rules:
- Usually go up 2 frets to get to the next note (from C to D = 2 frets, from D to E = 2 frets, etc.)
- EXCEPT when you are going from B to C, or E to F – they are only 1 fret apart (see below)
- To find # (sharp) and b (flat) notes, first find the natural note, then go up or down from that note to get the sharp or flat version of it (go up from D to get D#, go down 1 fret to get Db)
Quiz – Find The Note
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