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Discover the Dorian Mode

The Dorian mode has a nice balanced minor quality to it blending well with most music styles. It can be mixed with the pentatonic and blues scales for improvising too.

This scale is the basis for “And I Love Her” by “The Beatles”. It is also a favorite scale of “Carlos Santana”.

This is a popular mode for all styles of music written in a minor mode. A major key has two relative minor keys.

Here it is in D. This comes from the second note of the C major scale.

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Here is how it sounds. I put two chords in this sample a D minor and a G. This you will get to know as a two-five progression because this is where these chords come from. The 2nd and 5th notes of the major scale.

It’s the basis for songs like Santana’s “Evil Ways” and the “Traffic” hit “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”

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The D Dorian played against a D minor and G chord progression

Below is a list of these modes

Dorian Scale Formula

The Formula for this scale is 1-2-♭3-4-5-6-♭7

The major scale formula is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

Flatten the 3rd and 7th of any major scale to make a Dorian mode.

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Guitar Barre ChordsIncrease Your Chord Inventory

“The Love You Take is Equal to the Love You Make”
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Beatles

These guitar barre chords or guitar bar chords as I’ve seen it spelled will give you more control of where to play chords.

There isn’t a lot of them but barre chords are essential for any type of guitar playing. You can’t function as a guitar player without knowing these basic movable chords.

The Barre or Bar is Your Index Finger

Your index finger acts like the nut that holds your strings at the top of the neck or like a guitar capo does.

The best part about these chords is that they are movable which makes learning one form equal to 12 or more chords.

The Clamp = Thumb + Index Finger

You understand that your index finger will act as the nut does. Your index finger needs some help from the thumb to help keep it snug to the neck.

You only want to apply enough pressure to get clean notes on all strings, anything more than this will cause fatigue and make you slower.

Your thumb should be in or about the center of the back of the neck, this will give you the best holding power and allow you to move fingers 2,3 and 4 while holding down the index finger.

This will be necessary to do when playing rhythm guitar or chord melody or riffs that come off chords.

You will find this thumb position doesn’t work for all chords but it does for most Barre Chords.

Some Guitar Barre Chord Practice

If you are new to barre chords or need to get clearer sounds with them. Here is a little practice lesson.

Practice using your index finger like in the image below starting on the 10th fret. You want to have clear clean notes on every string.

You will have to reposition your finger until you find that “right” spot. Once you can get clear notes on the 10th fret go the 9th fret and repeat.

The 12th fret is the middle of your guitar strings. The string is easier to push down at this point.

As you go down the neck towards the tuning keys guitar barre chords will get harder because the strings don’t have as much give. Keep at it.

Adding Fingers

After you can get clean notes with your index finger you can add a finger and check for clean notes up and down the neck.

Place your index finger on the 10th fret to make your barre.

Add your middle finger to the 3rd string one fret above your finger barre. This will be the major 3rd for some different barre chords.

Next add your 3rd(ring) finger to the 5th string two frets above your finger barre. This will be the 5th for some barre chords. With your 2nd finger and 3rd finger in place you are playing a dominant D7th chord. The root for the chord is on the 6th and 1st strings of your finger barre.

Next add your 4th(little) finger to the 4th string two frets above your finger barre. The chord now becomes a plain D major chord because your 4th finger took away the 7th note. This new note is a root note like the ones on the 6th and 1st strings.

You will play this barre chord form more than any of the other forms.

Chords Just Happen

One thing about learning chords is that you will practice trying to finger a chord and get it to sound good many many times.

Then one day you try it and you got it. Hard chords have a way of doing this. Your practice isn’t for nothing it will come.

Good clean notes are essential especially if you plan on playing through distortion boxes or pedals. They will amplify your bad form and sound.

The Major Guitar Barre Chords

The root notes for the below chords are on these strings.

6th,4th & 1st

5th and 3rd

5th and 2nd

In the above B♭ and D♭ you will just touch the 6th string with your index finger so it doesn’t sound. However if you are finger picking or playing in a country style you may want to use these notes as alternate bass notes.

The E♭ form doesn’t get a lot of use but it’s good to know.

The Minor Barre Chords

The root notes for the minor chords below are on strings…

6th,4th & 1st

5th and 3rd

4th and 2nd

2nd string

The E♭ minor form above is hard to grab in a fast song so it’s use is limited unless you practice on it.

The Dominant 7th Barre Chords

The root notes for the 7th chords below are on these string…

6th and 1st

5th string

6th and 1st

5th and 3rd

The last B♭7 chord is best played with a quick stroke like the Beatles tune “She’s a Woman”.

The Minor 7th
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The root notes for the Minor 7th chords are on these strings.

6th and 1st

5th string

6th and 1st

The Gm7 chord uses the third finger as the bar much like the B♭ chord in the major chords.

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The Locrian Mode

If your improvising over the dominant chord in the key it comes from the locrian mode would be useful. In other words in the key of C it will work over the G7 chord adding a 9th tone to the 7th.

You can of course use it to improvise over the minor 7th flat 5 chord it came from but you don’t see them too often.

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B Locrian Notation/Tab

Here’s a sample of how it sounds played against a Bm7♭5

The B Locrian played against a B minor 7th flat 5 chord

The Locrian List

The Locrian Formula

Here you go 1-♭2-♭3-4-♭5-♭6-♭7

For me this would be a hard one to remember this way I just think of the last note of the major scale.

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Learn Guitar asap

Discover the world of music and learn guitar. The guitar is one of the quicker musical instruments to learn.

You can be playing a song the same day you get your guitar, maybe not good but you’ve taken the first step. Take it a little at a time and it becomes easy. It’s like learning anything some parts will be easy for you and some not so easy. Just keep going forward and don’t quit

Learning guitar asap is as easy as learning a few chords. This will be enough to get you playing some easy songs. This also will keep you interested as you learn about music.

Many popular songs have only 3 or 4 chords in them. Eric Clapton’s song Wonderful Tonight is one of them.

Don’t get hung up on all the learning that has to be done and feel the music one song at a time.

When you learn one song you also learn other songs too. Music uses the same basic chords over and over, the melody, lyrics and rhythm are what changes.

Start Strumming

Here is a little help for you with your guitar strumming for many songs. You can pick from a list or request one you want to learn.

You learn how to feel the song and not just play a strumming pattern over and over which gets boring to you and your listeners.

This is a good way to learn guitar as long as you are learning the other music basics to make you a musician, not just a guitar player.

Understanding Chord Strumming

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This is a good way to start playing and learning at the same time.

After you can strum a song or two start learning the basics of music like scales and learn where those chords come from. This will make songs easier to learn and remember.

Lead Guitar

If you want to be good at lead guitar you have to be a good rhythm guitar player first. Your leads will come from the chords and melodies of songs along with your imagination.

Learning to Play Guitar – Start Now

The guitar is the greatest musical instrument ever invented. You can play any style of music, from an emotional love song to a ear shattering rock solo and everything in between. You can take it to the beach or camping, try doing that with your piano.

Whatever reason you have for wanting to learn guitar is a good one. Start by learning guitar chords and getting a sense of rhythm for some easy songs.

Learning to play songs is a very personally rewarding feeling, an accomplishment that you can be proud of.

Start Singing

Don’t be afraid to sing once you got those chords down. This will help your playing and sense of rhythm.

Did you know that you can play anything that you can sing? After learning some basics you will be able to.

Try picking out the melody to a song and sing those notes as you play them. This will help you get the right pitch. This is a good way to learn the notes on the fretboard too. Sing the note pitch like E or A Flat. It might sound funny but it will help you remember where these notes are on the fretboard.

Learning Guitar is Easier Now

Computers have changed the way we learn about everything including music and guitar. You now have more ways to learn guitar than ever before.

  • Guitar Lessons – Local Music Store and Online
  • Books – Local Music Stores and the Web
  • Audio – Included CD in Some Books + Online
  • Video – Included in Some CD Lessons + Online
  • Software – Software Makes Learning Guitar Faster and Easier
  • Web Sites – A Ton of Guitar Info
  • Learning Off any Music Source – This is How We Learned By Ear
  • Learning off another guitar player

Start Learning Guitar Now

Learning how to play guitar is fairly easy with a little patience. You already have a sense of rhythm from nursery rhymes and childhood songs. You use it when you tap your foot to a song.

Here are some easy chords to learn guitar with. There are many things to learn about music and the guitar, but try to play something even if it sounds bad at first. This is the starting point for everybody.


Quick Progression

Learn this progression using the chords above and you can play half the songs written in the late 50’s.

C    Am    F     G 
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Just play the 1st 4 strings if the F chord is too hard to play.

Here is a link to some songs to learn using the chords above and some other easy ones. This is a different page link from the one below going to song to learn.

Easy to Learn Guitar Songs

How to Hold a Guitar
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This might sound dumb but if you don’t hold the guitar right from the beginning you could get some really bad habits that are very hard to break. They will stop you from getting better.

So before you play these chords over and over make sure you don’t develop any bad habits by checking out how to hold a guitar.

Holding a Guitar

How to Finger Chords
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Discover More About Chords

Try to finger all of these chords except the F and the Dm7 with the very tips of your fingers so you don’t block any other notes from ringing out.

The best way to do this is to keep your thumb in the middle of the back of the neck. The higher the thumb goes the lower your fingers go.

There are times when the thumb should be higher like for stretching strings but this is not one of them.

The quickest way to learn guitar is to learn some easy chords first and then use them to play some easy songs. You still have to learn the basics but by being able to play something in the beginning it will keep your interest.

If you learn to play and switch back and forth with these chords above you will be able to play hundreds of songs.

Easy Songs to Learn
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There are hundreds of songs that you can use to learn guitar, some are probably your favorite songs.

You’ll be surprised by how many great songs are composed with only 3 or 4 chords.

There are many aspects to learning guitar but this will get you started.

You will get hooked once you hear yourself play along with a song or two. Learning to play guitar is just the beginning of a lifetime journey into playing music.

Don’t be afraid to sing either. You may have to change keys to fit your voice range.

Guitar Songs for Beginners

Guitar Playing Styles – Learn Them All
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There are quite a few ways to play a guitar.

  • Strumming a Guitar – This is good for starting to play guitar

This is where you just play the chords in rhythm to a song with a pick or without.

  • Rhythm Guitar – You need to know some chord theory.

This is different than playing the basic chords of a song. Here you can play other rhythms within the basic rhythm of songs. Pete Townshend of The Who is good at this. The rhythm’s can be melodic too. they can be a combo of chords and notes

  • Finger-Style – This will take a little practice

This is where you finger pick individual string in a rhythm using your thumb to play bass notes and your fingers to add other notes of the chord and or melody.

  • Slide Guitar- After some basics explore this style

This style has to do with using a slide on your fretting hand instead of fretting notes with your fingers. This technique is used by many guitar players. Johnny Winters, George Thoroughgood and Bonnie Raitt are a few that use this technique. A lot of times the guitar is tuned to an open chord like E or G. George Harrison from The Beatles used this technique in the standard tuning E-A-D-G-B-E.

  • Chord Melody – This style will take some music theory study

This is a style where you play the melody along with some chords. This is a very professional sounding style.

Any Style Music

All these playing styles can be used on either acoustic or electric guitar

The more playing styles you know the better you can add to your music. Even if you only know a little. Adding a few slide notes or fingerpicking an area of a song can be the difference a mediocre or great performance.

These styles all take time to perfect. Start with strumming first to get your rhythm and chord changing tight, then try the other styles.

Rhythm and Strumming are similar but with Rhythm you could be playing a Riff and not full chords as in strumming.

Guitar Picking Styles – Learn Them All
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There are quite a few ways to pick a guitar.

  • Playing with a Pick – This is the most popular

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The pick is also called a plectrum by teachers, it’s shaped like a triangle with rounded edges, and can be used in all but Classical style guitar. You hold it between your Thumb and Index finger with about a quarter of an inch sticking past your thumb to play the strings.

  • Finger-style using a Thumb Pick – Country, Folk, and Blues

A thumb pick is a pick that slides onto your thumb. This is used mainly for the bass notes on the top 3 strings to add volume and attack. Used mostly on acoustic guitars but can be and is used on electrics especially in Country music.

  • Finger-Style – Classical Style using bare thumb and fingers to pick

Finger style and Classical are similar although the Classical guitarists’ follow stricter rules for how you use your fingers. Finger style for the rest of us is a little easier. The thumb usually keeps a constant bass going on the top 2 or 3 strings while the other fingers play a melody or a picking pattern to back up a singer.

  • Hybrid Picking – Playing with Pick and Fingers

In hybrid picking you use a pick with your thumb and Index fingers and pick other notes with the other fingers. This is a good technique to know for combining straight and bent string together for sounds you can’t get any other way. Many sound like a petal steel guitar.

  • Slide Guitar – You can use a Pick, Fingers or Hybrid Picking

This style has to do with using a slide on your fretting hand instead of fretting notes with your fingers. This technique is used by many guitar players. Johnny Winters, George Thoroughgood and Bonnie Raitt are a few that use this technique. A lot of times the guitar is tuned to an open chord like E or G. George Harrison from The Beatles used this technique in the standard tuning E-A-D-G-B-E.

Any style above can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar

Learning all these guitar playing styles is the way to go. They each have their purpose for different songs and styles of music. This will also make you more in demand as a guitar player.

Learning Guitar Basics
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You should check out the following pages. These will help you to get to know the guitar.

Learning the guitar fretboard will take a little time if you’re just getting started learning guitar but remember it’s not a race.

These pages will show you some of the basics of learning guitar, you can also find more info in the guitar basics and beginner guitar pages.

Guitar Buying Tips

Here are some tips for buying a guitar in case you don’t have one yet. Save yourself some money and aggravation.

Don’t spend a lot of money on a guitar until your ready to stick with it. Playing guitar looks easy when you see someone playing but it takes a lot of learning and practice.

You also don’t want to buy a guitar that will fall apart on you. There are many low priced guitars that are built fairly well and will take some abuse like a beginner will give it.

How to buy a guitar.

Learning Guitar has no Age Limit
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Your age doesn’t matter eight to eighty, if your big enough to hold a guitar in your lap, your ready to start learning guitar.

The older you are the easier it will be to understand the instructions and basics to learn guitar. You will learn the mental aspects easier. Your musical ear should be developed some from the music you listen to.

The younger you are the more flexible your muscles. You should learn the physical aspects faster. You will probably have to work a little more to develop your musical ear.

Developing your musical ear is actually learning to listen to individual instruments in music and learning relative pitch(ear training).

Both young and old have their advantages and disadvantages in learning guitar. Most of us will fall in between these two extremes.

If you have a young child with a desire to learn guitar there are smaller versions “not toys” of guitars to get them started.

Learning Guitar
A Lifetime Journey

Learning guitar or any musical instrument is a life long learning process. Even after you think you know it all, there is always some new technique or song you will want to learn.

Even if you stop playing for a while, most of what you have learned will stay with you for the rest of your life.

This is especially true for the new way you will listen to music from now on.

You will also get the urge to play much like the urge you get for your favorite food or activity.

Enjoy the Journey.