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  • #21183


    Im on lesson 4 stage one and having trouble understanding the difference between major and minor bar chords and understanding the bar chords themselves, is it every fret theres a chord or is it just the frets with dots on them?

  • #21187


    For barre chords using the low E string: if you use your middle finger, it’s major. No middle finger, it’s minor.


    For barre chords starting on the A string: the major shape used on the low E string for major is minor on the A string. Major chords on the A string are two frets over from the root note.


    I hope that helps.


  • #21189


    Yes there’s a chord where ever you move the shape, not only on the fret dot positions.
    2nd fret is F# for example.

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  • #21195


    A (triad 1-3-5) chord is minor or major if it has (respectively) a minor 3rd or a major 3rd note sounding in it.

    The string where the middle finger goes is contributing the sound of the 3rd to the chord.

    As Iggy said: with no middle finger, the interval between the contributed note and the root of the chord is a minor 3rd.  That chord is thus a minor chord.

    Adding the middle finger “shifts” the contributed note one fret higher- the distance between the contributed note and the root of the chord is a major 3rd. The chord becomes major.

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