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The F Chord
A bar chord is a type of chord shape on the guitar that does not contain open strings and requires you to fret more than one string with the same finger. The traditional way to write it is barre. More often nowadays its just written as bar. These types of chords are often described as movable chord shapes as well, because they can be played everywhere on the neck, giving you different chords with the same shape.
The F chord exercise is a drill that gives you a way to practice the most common bar chord shape on the guitar. Begin by fretting that basic F bar chord from the first fret, and strum one measure of eighth notes. 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. (one fret at a time) 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. This exercise will help you not only build the endurance to hold the chord for longer periods of time, but will also help you to automatically adjust your hand to accommodate for the difference in spacing between the frets.
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