Sore hand and wrist muscles playing barre chords? Tonight the group practised barre chord techniques. We played around with ways to barre all four strings in ways that cause minimal stress and strain. Namely, we keep relaxed and take advantage of gravity! See tutorial by Stu Fuchs below:
Here is an exercise from Ukester Brown to help you develop barre chord fluidity while sounding cool at the same time. Don’t forget to relax and let that hand fall!
For a few weeks we have been opening with 12 bar blues play alongs. Tonight we spiced it up with some theory! We played around with the basic 12 bar blues progression using three different keys: C, A and G.
So how do you know which chords to play as the fourths (IV) and fifths (V) in a given key? We started with our root note (I) and counted on our fingers up to the fourth and fifth fingers. Here is where it can help to visualise the Circle of Fifths. From any given root note, look anti-clockwise for the fourth note and clockwise for the fifth.