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Fig.1. 2 Easy Chord Relocating Tricks

-Here is a way of looking at the fretboard so that you can quickly and easily move a Bar Chord to the next higher Octave.
Simply change the 6th String Bar Chord to a 5th String Bar Chord and move it up the fretboard so that there is a Four Fret Gap
between the two chords.
Note that the 5th string Bar Chord can be moved up the fretboard, leaving the same Four Fret Gap, to the 4th fret Triad.
This gives you three, easy to find, versions of the same chord and spanning two Octaves. For Example:

Fig.2. Easily find the next Octave of a Chord by visualizing the Gaps
Of course this works in reverse as well.


-Here is a way of looking at the fretboard so you can quickly move a Bar Chord down the neck while maintaining the Octave.
Move a 6th string Bar Chord down the fretboard to a 5th string Bar Chord leaving a Two Fret Gap and moving the 5th fret Bar
Chord down the fretboard to the 4th string Triad leaving a One Fret Gap.
This gives you three, easy to find, locations for the same chord in the same Octave. For Example:

Fig.3. Easily find the same Chord by Transposing it up the strings (down the fretboard)
This also works in reverse.


-Of course there is no magic involved here. The above ideas are based on solid fretboard theory as you can see if you analyze the
notes (see Transposing). They work with any Bar Chord and will assist you in quickly switching between the Bar Chord Formations
“on the fly”. They can be used to pin the Pentatonic Scales for Lead playing (see The Pentatonic Scale relationship to Bar Chords).

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