27 September 2011

Barre chords using your thumb


I was just recording something new, using my new toy. The EMU Shortboard 49 (if that has anything to do with the record). The sounds are from HalionOne. But, the shortboard is what gave me motivation to play. I did some nifty chords on the keys and I wanted to know how you would play them on the guitar. Especially the F#m/A.

So I grabbed my Ovation and went for it. Not wanting to hurt my wrist I figured out the most safe way to play. Using my thumb for the top two strings! Playing the chords like this I'm able to keep my wrist as straight as possible. What am I saying.. I'm bending it the other way! First thing I did was look on google, and well, it's nothing new. But it is.. new.. to me.. and I like it. So here you go, a video which is also featuring part of my new recording. I hope this will be a song I can finish. So many times it happens that I start something but can't finish it.



Looks just as if I'm grabbing a hold of the guitar, but in fact I'm playing a sweet chord


Don't hesitate. View the vid!

Btw. I'm confusing Chord-Shape with Chords sometimes, but luckily, that isn't the point of this vid :) My apologies.














24 comments:

  1. nice mate, that guitar looks really nice. Im forwarding this to my friend as he is a guitar fiend :)

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  2. Easy and simple tutorial. Thanks for helping a novice.

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  3. Im gonna show my dad this, he has a guitar but hes shithouse and your guide is nice and simple :)

    Thanks

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  4. Great trick, I use it all the time - especially because my first finger is a bit weak and is in agony after playing too many barre chords.

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  5. mmnh.. maybe i do get back to my guitar and try it out again, after years of hard work i kind alost myself in stress.. thanks +follow

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  6. Blink 182's bread and butter! lol great tutorial! +followed

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  7. This blog post is great. I've been reading your blog posts regularly and I think they're great! Keep up the excellent work! Followed!

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  8. Another great post man, you really love what you're doing and it shows. Cheers.

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  9. agreed, can tell that he really loves what he is doing. keep it up

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  10. Will sure come in handy but first I've got to gather some courage to actually pick my guitar and learn it!

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  11. Thanks! Bookmarked this so I can come back when i get my guitar!

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  12. Nice to see you using a little .gif there. Much easier to watch than a youtube video on my slow internet

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  13. hey glad to see your back. Not that I'm surprised. Even after all these months I still view your blog daily. Hell I even tried out some of your guitar lessons last saturday. Not with much success mind you. But it was fun all the same.

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  14. well, in the end what matters is the sound and you dont tell an artists how to pt their hands and fingers on an instrument if they got the funk goin on!... great tip for some folks with advanced joint pains as well

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  15. Man that's an awesome guitar, i'd love to see a post where you do a few reviews of guitars and their prices.

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  16. I'll have to give that a whirl, I rarely use my thumb for anything other that muting my low E string.

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  17. Used to play guitar some years ago, your videos would have helped me much... :D +1

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  18. Man i could never learn guitar til you :)

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  19. Great video and all, but I like your guitar the most. I haven't seen anything like that before. It has holes?

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