Guitar Bar Chords
Guitar bar chords that have their bass note on the A string work in the same way as the bar chords with the root on the E string. There's one difference: don't play the E string because it is not part of the chord and it will not sound good most times.
The major bar chords start from the A chord:
Now slide all the notes of the chord two frets higher on the neck. Then 'bar' all the strings on the second fret with your index finger. If you have followed my explanation correctly it should look something like this:
The A chord becomes a B chord.
This is not a very easy chord to take in the beginning.
An alternative way of fretting this chord is using the little finger instead of fingers 2, 3 and 4. It depends a bit on the shape of your fingers if this alternative fretting works or not.
Here's the guitar chord picture and diagram:
The difficulty with this chord voicing is the highest E string. You have to bend your little finger a bit to allow the high E to sound.
Like before, you can slide this chord up and down the guitar neck. Just remember there's always 2 half steps between the scale tones, except between E-F and B-C (1 half step).
The guitar neck with the notes of the A string:
Now we used the A major chord, but like before we can also use the minor chord:
Change the chord fingering like we did with the E chord on the previous page so you're index finger becomes available.
This chord becomes a Bm guitar bar chord if we slide it up 2 frets and add the 'bar':
Again, don't play the low E string.
If we slide the Bm chord 1 fret up we get a Cm chord, 2 frets more and it's a Dm chord, ...
Now let's start from the A7 chord:
Again, change the fingering to liberate your index finger, slide it 2 frets up and add the 'bar':
The result is a B7 guitar bar chord.
You can also do this with other chords like major7, minor7, major 9. Experiment and think logical and most important: don't get frustrated trying to figure guitar bar chords out, it takes some time.
Now, learn to play a song with bar chords, like Wild Thing
All guitar chord charts © 2010 Dirk Laukens