View Full Version : The importance of E and Bb chords

10-22-2016, 03:15 AM
There are two important movable barre chords in guitar. Their root notes sit on 6th and 5th strings. Hence we can see the name of these shapes on anywhere on the fret board.

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Same things happen on ukulele with same shapes. Bb on uku is same shape as F on guitar, E on uku is same shape as Bb in guitar. This time we just need to remember 4th string for Bb and 3rd string for E. They give the root notes, and we can see the chord name anywhere on the fret board. It is very simple.

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They are basic shapes and we can make any related chords from them. Em is one of the example. We just need one finger shift (red arrow).

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Real open chord (first position chord) of E may be this one below. But the E shape above is so important that many books, web sites and teachers recommend above one. Actually I am cowboy chord player and I prefer the shape below when I play in the first position.

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Jim Yates
10-22-2016, 04:47 AM
Another useful moveable chord shape is the closed G chord - 4232 and its corresponding minor - 3231. Since the 3rd of the chord is on both the 1st and 4th strings, they must both be flattened to get a minor chord. That gives you three movable major and minor chord shapes.
I sometimes will use the 2225 D shape as well, which gives a root on the first string like the Bb chord in zztush's post. The Corresponding minor chord 2215 is a little awkward for me though, so I seldom (never) use it.

10-22-2016, 04:53 PM
I definitely go to the 2225 shape when I want a movable chord shape.