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Do we really need the barre chord?

An important part of this lesson is understanding that you don't need to play the F major as a barre chord. The barre chord contains 6 notes, but the F major chord only needs 3. Theory wise, any major chord only needs a root, 3rd and 5th from the major scale. This means that in a barre chord you have a lot of repeating notes. In fact, in that F Major classic barre chord shape you have 3 root notes, 2 fifths and 1 major third. We certainly don't need all of that.

The new chord shapes

The chord shapes we are going to show you take this information into account and remove a lot of the duplicate notes to create a clearer chord that isn't anywhere near as hard to play. Here are those chord shapes:

The Song

To help you learn these shapes, we have written a cool little song that you can play along to. The chord chart and tab are shown below. Good luck and have fun!

Section A

F /// G /// (x4)

Section B

C / F / C / F (X4)

Section C

G / Am / F / C / (x3) Em / F / G ///

Want to take your learning further?

    Keep Learning: Barre Chords

    Many thanks for watching this video and visiting the website. If you love this tune, but find some of the chords quite hard to follow, check out our barre chord course right here on our website. This will help you learn these difficult shapes, and really help strengthen your fretting hand, ready for more difficult chords. We also learn the theory behind the chords and apply them to some great tunes! You can check it out here: Barre Chords Guitar Course.

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F Major, Barre Chords, Beginners

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