PLaying open chords, tried geting into barré chords and wonering why you need these?
If you want to take guitarplaying on a journey you must know there is a path to the world ahead of you you can’t predict. What I do know is that you need to learn bars to get out of town first.
You can’t know that now.
you’ll have to trust us on this one.
A lot of chords beyond the basic chords require some kind of bar form. Yes, you only need 3 notes to form the basic major and minor chords but your chords will sound fuller if you use larger grips where you play more notes.
trust me, you don’t -have- to master all caged shapes to get around but the more shapes you can do, the more it will unlock possibilities in creativity, speed, inspiration and comfort.
You will do a facepalm later, when you re-read your question. I guess now you’re mostly strumming away on songs but as soon as you try some fingerpicking and some more advanced chords, you’ll understand why barres are a hurdle you -really- should get over!
Being able to do barres will give you proper strength and agility as well, helping you with other jobs around the fretboard like bends, double stops, quick power chord changes etc.
when you learn the E shpe and then the A shape, you will learn songs and notice that 99.9% of the songs out there are withing your reach. You’ll encounter 7th, maj7 and min7 chords and you might be alarmed at first but you’ll learn they are rather easy modifications of the E and A shapes you already know. So yes, learning these 2 shapes will get you far already and it will be the solid fundament of many other dirived shapes. it’s about addign and lifting certain fingers and you notice some complex sounding melodies are actually added and lifted fingers (listen to “dust in the wind” from Kansas or “street spirit” by Radiohead to hear what I mean)
After that you’ll hunger for more. By now you might have tried some fingerpicking and you noticed that pickign soem random notes in a bar chord sounds nice and yet different to the same chord in the “open” variant. You learn to combine and alternate open and barred varieties. This is when the interest in the C shape will probably kick in. You notice that your picking might sound a bit the same and you want to add some flavour because a new shape = a new order of the same notes.
I end with what I started. If you want to take guitarplaying on a journey you must know there is a path to the world ahead of you you can’t predict. What I do know is that you need to learn bars to get out of town first.