How to Play Easy Chord Shapes Up The Neck Lesson on JustinGuitar

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Man, how could you not mention “End of the line” as an example of moving D-shapes? : )

Really awesome lesson! Super fun and really helped me focus back on exploring and enjoying new sounds on the guitar. Definitely worth every minute and a great pairing the the “lush chords” lesson from a while back. Thanks for this type of lesson and can’t wait for more in the future.

Great lesson, some beautiful sounds there. Looking forward to the next one. Cheers!

The opening riff from Fluffhead by Phish is moving the C-shape up and down the neck and G barre chord at the end. Just figured it out after this lesson! Highly recommend

D-shapes and triads … End of the Line by The Traveling Wilburys |

Cheers :blush:
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C7 can be moved up the neck too.

Wow Justin! I am working on 3 issues simultaneously: 1) memorizing the notes all along the fretboard, 2) the Caged system, and now this wonderful lesson! I can play many songs thank to your lessons, but now I feel that I was confined to the freys 1 to 5, and now a whole universe opens its doors to me! Thank you!!!


I really want to learn, but having some difficulties in my mind

Unbelievable!..I’ve just had one of those moments where something ‘clicks’ and you get a bit excited.
I’ve been working on a nice acoustic track from my younger days and the tabs online were a little out.
There’s a fast chord change at the end of the bridge {D A G F GGG}
I’ve just moved the F up 2 frets and…perfect!
BTW - it’s ‘Fine Time’ by Cast.
Sounds great through a decent acoustic and amp. Cast - Fine Time - Live on Radio City Talk - YouTube

Thank you so much for this lesson {and all others} :blush: :guitar:

I’ve just remembered an excellent example of moving chords…
‘Clues’ by Paul Weller. The ‘Days of Speed’ live version is so good.
The chord is a Dsus2 and it starts moving around at 1m 53s {with a great walking bass}
Stunning acoustic sound! :blush::guitar: Paul Weller - Clues - Later Live - BBC2 - Friday 5th October 2001 - YouTube

Teacher…if you can move around the C shape by adding little finger it’s probably because you always can have the 5th… Doesn’t It work the same with G? I mean if I move around the Big Rock G shape I’m adding the 5th and sounds quite allright to my ear. Does It make sense?

Really useful, thanks Justin
I have a really really classic blues / gospel example of moving the G chord
It’s Mississpppi john Hurt doing You Got to Walk that Lonesome Valley
The sound brings this ethereal other-worldly quality to a three chord song. it’s just amazing. here he is singing and playing it in about 1964 Mississippi John Hurt - You Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley (Live) - YouTube

This is getting better and better, thank you Justin! After the last lessons here, I definitely need to add more practice time to my routine to learn all these variations I was still unaware off, it’s lesson after lesson after lesson with things I’ve never heard of before … . After 2.5 yrs, I can say I see/hear progress and it’s all coming together, but these lessons here are a kind of booster for me. Now I just need to check to rearrange my time slots … .

Slowly slowly I seam to be understanding music, brilliant lesson

As you find new chords how do you know what the new chord is called. If it starts with a chord shape, move that shape seven frets what then is that new chords name.

Hi there and welcome to Community. If you move C shape chord down to 7th fret assuming you only play fretted notes it’s Gb. Now Gb chord consists of notes:

Gb Bb Db

So you can’t play any open strings unless you tune down your guitar half a step and play the C shape on 8th fret.

I suggest doing a Practical Music Theory course by Justin this should clear some waters :slight_smile:

Hello @jnretired and welcome to the community.

Knowing what the root note is gives you the most important information.
You can use the Note Circle to help. The Note Circle |

Take the C major and move it up 7 frets. Look at the Note Circle. Count 7 notes clockwise from C and you land on the note G. Your chord is a type of G chord. Perhaps a G major or perhaps the open strings mean its name is not so simple. Without some theory this can become complex - and, if you’re just enjoying what it sounds like, unnecessary at that moment.
But, for sure, take the theory course if these questions naturally come to mind.

Cheers :blush:
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The song “Plateau” by the Meat Puppets (or Nirvana Unplugged if you wish) does use the G shape. Although I don’t feel they strum all the strings.

Great lesson!

If you combine it with a bit of theory, it gets pretty cool as well.

For example the drone thingy with the A-Shape. The 3 major chords in the key of A are : A, D, E. Playing the D & E substitute over an A drone is kind of playing a IV & V chords, right?

Pushing it further, I suppose even the B substitue (which had the particular flavor in the video) could work in some context.

Like A → B (A drone) → E (A Drone). A, B & E are the 3 major chords of E Major. And, with a focus on the A (thanks to the drone effect), I suppose it’d give the progression… a Lydian flavor **

** With Lydian flavor, I mean : the flavor a chord progression might get if you focus strongly on the IV chord of the major scale, while making it clear that is is the IV chord; for example by occasionaly playing the V chord or iii chord.