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It is important to understand that a Chord SHAPE is the FINGER FORMATION ONLY.

This is a very simple concept…
The Open Chord defines the name of the Shape however the Shape may be moved on the fretboard to produce other chords.
Take the D Chord for example:

D Chord SHAPE

Fig.1. On the top fretboard the “D Major Chord Shape” produces the “D Chord” in the Open position (the 2 root notes are slightly larger).
On the bottom fretboard the “D Major Chord Shape” is moved up 2 frets to produce an “E Chord” using the “D Shape”.  Note: the root note positions now land on E.

-The D Shape may be moved to any fret to produce a different chord.
If it is moved 1 fret further up the fretboard (3 frets up from the Open D Chord position) it produces a F Major Chord.
One more fret and a F# Major Chord is produced…  and so on.

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Video 1. In this example, the D SHAPE is used at the end to produce a G Chord (3 note Triad).

-The same function holds true for any chord shape.  Take the Open E Chord Shape for example.  This is the foundation of the movable E Shape Bar Chord and is commonly used to produce many Rock chords.

Video 2. Using the Moveable “E SHAPE” as a Bar Chord to play Smoke On The Water (G, A#, C & C# Chords).


 

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