20 Ways To Play The Same Guitar Chord

20 Ways To Play The Same Guitar Chord


– Hey, guitar players, it’s Nate here, and have you ever seen a guitar player play something like this
and think to yourself, “Man, how in the world do they memorize “all those chord shapes?” (upbeat guitar music) Well in this video I
wanted to teach you 20 ways to play the exact same
chord, just so you can be as versatile as possible
when it comes to your rhythm and actually your lead guitar playing too. And this is really just getting to know your basic chord shapes that
are movable really well, like your open C, G, E, A, and D and getting to move them
around the fretboard, or at least that’s part of it, so let’s go ahead and get into this. We’re gonna be using a G major chord for all of these shapes, and when I talk about a G major chord, I’m talking about a simple triad, just the three notes in a
G major chord, G, B, and D. So all of these notes have
to be in these chords. So start with a simple G major, open G major shape, (guitar music) that’ll be your first one. The second one, (guitar music) is still a G major but it’s a different voicing than guitar players like to use. Kinda for more of a modern sound. This is a different sound
for your open G major chord. The next shape that were gonna look at is the E major bar chord shape. And really, kind of the
whole point of this video is to help you get out of the box of using just open chord shapes, or
just E and A bar chord shapes. But here is an E major
bar chord shape playing a G major chord. (guitar music) And for this all you do
is take your open E major and move the root notes up, which is the low E string,
or at least that’s gonna be our reference point
until, you get to a G, which is on the third fret (guitar music) of the sixth string. Next shape uses the open D
shape, and it’s the same idea, you’re just gonna take
your open D and move it up, until your root notes land
on a G, and to do that I just make my D with my second,
third, and fourth fingers, and use my index fingers,
kind of a movable nut, and it ends up with that
root note on the D string on the fifth fret, (guitar music) for a G major chord using a D shape. C major shape is next, and
all you have to do, again, is move your C shape up, your open C, to where you can find the root notes, and again make it with your second, third, and fourth fingers, and
then just move it up. And there’s a G right
there on the tenth fret of the A string, and that’s
where I’ll plant that, (guitar music) to play a G major chord using the C shape. A major shape next, same thing, (guitar music) make an A major and move it
up to where your root notes are on a G, your bar will
be on the tenth fret. (guitar music) And that’s how you make a G
major chord using the A shape. And this is a little tight up
here so I’d probably switch over to the double bar kind of thing. (guitar music) And that’s it for your basic,
fundamental, movable kind of open chord shapes. If I take my G and go back to my G, I end up all the way up
here, one octave higher, than where I started. (guitar music) Now what we’re gonna
do is take these five, kind of core fundamental
shapes and break them apart, into smaller pieces up
and down the fretboard and that’s where you see a lot of players playing where you’re like, “Man, I don’t “recognize that chord shape,” like this. You may not recognize
this as part of a C chord. So let’s go back down to our
open G chord and start looking at these little partial shapes. Okay, remember all you need
to make a G major chord is G, B, and D, it’s your major triad. So if you wanna make
a root position triad, all you really have to
do is take your G shape and play just the bottom three strings, and you get G, B, and D. So you don’t have to play the whole shape, you can play just this
for a different sound or a different voicing. Same thing, the next shape,
takes the root out of the bottom and puts the
third in the bottom. (guitar music) Still playing just G, B, and D, but we have the third and the bottom are first inversion triads,
so B, D, and then G on top. And then the last kind of
shape, for this G shape, or partial shape for this G
shape, is this right here. (guitar music) And you have your D in the bottom. So it’s a second inversion triad, and you have D, G, your B is here, and you can throw another
G on top if you want. In case you don’t wanna
play this full voicing, (guitar music) play just the top three
or four strings there. But if you wanna get all Gs,
Bs and Ds in there you have to have all four, ’cause
you’re doubling up on Gs here. Let’s move on to the E
major bar chord shape. Playing a G, and kind
of break this one apart to get some different voicings too. You can play just the bottom four strings and you’ll still have Gs, Bs and Ds that we don’t have to make
an entire bar as well. (guitar music) In order to give you a
little bit different sound instead of the whole kind of
bright and cheery top there you can get just the bottom. (guitar music) So that’s a root position G major. And then if you want a
first inversion G major, (guitar music) just B, D, and G, this
isn’t the shape for that, but I’m still thinking
about this shape right here, we’re visualizing it. And if you want a second
inversion, just those three notes, check this out, this is really cool, you can play just your E shape, (guitar music) and you end up with D, G, and B. One chord that I use a lot
is kind of the next chunk of this bigger shape, and
it’s just a root position, G major triad. (guitar music) Like this, I really like this one. It’s kind of a nice, middle of the road. (upbeat guitar music) Not too full like this,
and not so generic like a regular open G major. (guitar music) And the last one for this little shape, (guitar music) is just the top three strings of this one. So you have a G on top a B on the bottom, and a D the fifth, in the middle there. This is a good voicing for
something really bright. Maybe even all the way
up here on the neck. (guitar music) Okay, I really like this
next shape, just the D shape that uses a G, because
I found it really useful for playing voicings that don’t have so many low strings in them. But, if you remember the
D shape we moved up here, what you can do is play
just the actual D shape and leave the low string out. (guitar music) And you’re still playing a G major triad, a G, B, D, it just has the
fifth as the lowest note, so it’s a second inversion G major triad. And this is a really good
one to memorize the names of the notes on B string,
just kinda moving this around, like to G, or A, back to G. Moving on to the C chord shape, this one. Nobody wants to play this bar chord shape, it’s really tough. (guitar music) But there are some really
good partial chords you can use in here. The first one I really like for a really dark sounding
voicing for a G major, and it looks just like an E major, only moved over a string set. (guitar music) And it’s a second inversion
G major, ’cause it has a D the fifth in the base. (guitar music) But my root note is right
here on the A string, so that’s kind of where
kind of my home base is, or my point of reference. It’s a G major, second inversion. Next one for this shape, is
just a root position triad, and I’m thinking about this C major shape, but I’m only playing those three
notes right there in a row. (guitar music) And the next one, this
one I use a lot too. (guitar music) It’s a first inversion, ’cause
the third is in the base, and you can still visualize
this whole C shape, just leave the root out (guitar music) of the bottom root, third, fifth. And I use this one a lot (upbeat guitar music) for that type of stuff, even
like some Rolling Stones kind of stuff. And if you’ll notice on top
of this, when we already went over this one, but the D
shape is right here on top of that C shape as well,
so that’s redundant, but it’s a really good kind
of point of reference to use for this C shape. (guitar music) Now as you kind of play
around with these chord shapes you’re gonna notice that they
do kind of overlap a lot, there’s some redundancies
like I said, and that really becomes clear on our last shape
to pick apart, the A shape. So the full A bar chord
shape, the first one we wanna pull out of here
is just the A shape itself, you can play just those three
notes on the twelfth fret, the root is right there on the G string. (guitar music) And that gives you your G major chord, G, B, and D, with the fifth and the base, so it’s a second inversion. And now if I were to
put the third down here. (guitar music) It’s a really hard chord to play but it would be just like this chord (guitar music) that we played down
here, with the G shape, the first inversion G shape. So, that would be redundant,
I don’t wanna include it and just to really get to be
able to visualize that as well with this A. The last little chunk for this A shape is just the top three
strings, G, B, and D, root position G major triad. And this is a great chord to play, kind of a sparkling voicing on top if another guitar player
is already playing an open voicing or bar
chord, something like that, or if you’re playing with a piano player and you just need some high end. (guitar music) So you may be thinking, “Nate, that’s a lot of stuff to remember.” The key to it is just to realize that the five main, major
chord voicings are all that you really need to think about, and you probably already know them if you’ve been playing guitar for awhile. All you have to do is get
used to visualizing them up and down the fretboard. So take one chord, like this G, and move all those shapes around. Maybe this week, maybe next
week, take another chord, like an A, and move
all those shapes around to the A locations, and
eventually you’ll get to where your memorizing
the fretboard better, it’s blossoming open
into a whole new world, ♪ A whole new world ♪ (guitar music) And then you’ll be able to
play triads, and chord voicings for major or minor chords
the more you work on this, anywhere you want on the fretboard. So are there one of these
shapes that you struggle with? I know that for the longest time for me playing this D chord shape (guitar music) and moving that around was really tough to go right to, but, it’s just
like anything else on guitar, man, just think back to
when you were learning your open C major chord, it
took awhile to get that down, it’s gonna take awhile
to get that down too. (guitar music) Let me know in the comments below, don’t forget to like and
subscribe and I’ll see you later. (light guitar music)

30 thoughts to “20 Ways To Play The Same Guitar Chord”

  1. You missed one of my favorites – bottom 4 strings of a G voicing – for G major it would be x-x-12-12-12-15 played barring the 12th fret with your index and pinky on the high E

  2. When u move the C shape you dont have to barre all the strings. Only up to the 3th one, which is easier and stresses your hand less.

  3. Thank you for pointing out the higher voicing to play with another guitar or piano. I play piano as well. How do you and your buddy play with both piano and guitar without a muddy sound? Is there more than just one way?

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  5. That's cool man, I always thought of a barre as a moveable nut. It's cool to see someone else teach it the same way.

  6. Hi! I had a quick question for you: I'm looking to buy a guitar to learn how to play, but I don't know what guitar I should get to begin with. I know that most people say to get a 40'-41' standard guitar if you're an adult and not a child, however, I am significantly small for an adult. I'm around 4"9-4"11, so I'm wondering if I should still get a full size (40'-41') guitar or if I should just get a 3/4 guitar, perhaps even a 7/8 guitar. A 3/4 guitar doesn't seem like a bad option for my size, but others say that short people have no problem playing a full size guitar and learning on a 3/4 guitar or 7/8 guitar will just hurt you in the future. Please help if you see this! I want to make sure I'm making an efficient and the best decision for the long run! (:

  7. This is an excellent lesson to offer empowerment and independence to learning guitarists.

    Much love. Christ be to all.

  8. Good video Nate. Great info for all guitar players, newbies as well as intermediate players.

  9. Good video – kind of teaching CAGED without teaching CAGED.

    One thing I picked up on lately that is helpful too is your E, A, and D shapes all have the same structure of 5, 1, 3 with the 3rd being on the high string. This is cool to keep in mind because you might want to manipulate the 3rd and it's always the high string for those shapes.

  10. That awesome thanks! I know cage and I've done music theory and my e and a shape barre chords but I stopped there and even though I knew the caged system I never really thought about it till now! Thanks so much for this video!

  11. I have a question regarding the placement of a chord shape. So If i made an E major chord is it called the same if i put a capo on e.g. the 3rd fret and did an E major chord shape ? does it still sound like an E major or does it differ ? i know the shape are similar but do they sound the same but with higher octave ? Is it for simplicity that we call it an E major shape ? while in actuality it is a different chord ?" new to music theory"

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