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The Bb Chord
Try not to make the mistake of pushing your fingers down harder if the notes aren’t ringing correctly.
The key is the position of our hand, that’s what is going to make everything sound good.
As a extra little challenge, try this exercise with both strumming all downstrokes, and alternate picking.
The Bb chord exercise is a drill that gives you a way to practice the major bar chord shape that starts on the fifth string. This chord shape contains a bar with the third finger on the second, third, and fourth strings. The first finger is only fretting the root note of the chord that’s on the fifth string.
Begin by fretting that basic Bb bar chord from the first fret, and strum one measure of eighth notes. Don’t strum the sixth or first string with this chord. Then, shift the same pattern to the second fret and strum the same rhythm from there. Repeat the same pattern from each fret, moving up in half steps. Once you get to the twelfth fret, shift back to the eleventh fret and repeat the same pattern back to the first fret again. Notice that as you move up the neck the frets get closer together, and as you move down the neck the frets are further apart.
The challenge with this chord shape is getting the bar with the third finger. Getting the notes on the second, third, and fourth strings to ring its tricky at first.
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