Learning Barre Chords for Guitar Online Dictionary

Learning barre chord positions can be a right royal pain in the harris.

It’s something I’ve found to be quite difficult to get across to many students, so here it is.

The free online Barre chord dictionary.

Every Major and Minor Barre chord covered using the four most common Barre chord shapes.

Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB (pt4)

Previous article: Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB (pt3)

Continuation of guitar primer lesson involving how to hold plectrum, how to read tab and which fingers to use.

Fingers Top E: TAB

Click above picture to play sequence…

This is the TAB that is being played,

Tab: Top E

A few tips to try:

‘Alternative picking’

V = Down Stroke

X = Up Stroke

Try playing V X V X for each note as below:

Alternative Picking

Try keeping your notes smooth, try not to snatch at the note.

Slow down, play a note and hold for 4 beats – play the note and count to 4

As you get comfortable try holding the note for 2 beats before playing the next.

Then Try 1 beat, then 2 notes per 1 beat – make sure that you’re comfortable and that each note is clean.

‘Thumb Position

When playing lead guitar some times your thumb will sneak over the top of the guitar,

Try getting your thumb down the back of the neck as below:


Thumb holding guitar

Getting your thumb position right will in the long run solve problems of stretch.

Take a look at the picture above, the wrist is forward and my fingers are overlapping the top of the guitar.

A good stretch is not down to long fingers, I have quite small girly hands(stop sniggering) – Therefore getting your thumb position correct is well advised.

Previous Articles:

Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB

Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB (pt2)

Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB (pt3)

Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB (pt3)

previous article(pt2)

Hopefully you’ve read the previous free guitar lessons giving you a few ideas and tips on correctly holding your plectrum.

This the 3rd article in this primer will talk about fingers in relation to TAB or tablature.

—Dealing with TAB—

Reading guitar tabulature:

Lines = Strings

The ‘Bottom E’ is the thickest string on the guitar – the ‘Bottom’ part refers to the low sound.

The ‘Top E’ is the thinnest string on the guitar – ‘Top’ part refers to the high sound.

Basically TAB is upside down, at first it’s hard to get your head to remember this but with practice it does get easier.

—TAB in relation to Fingers—

Tab: Bottom E

Fingers Left Hand: Fretting Hand

The above picture of a hand shows the ‘Fretting Hand’.

As an exercise try playing the the above tab: Use the same number finger as the fret.

1st Finger, 1st Fret on the Bottom E

2nd Finger, 2nd Fret Bottom E

3rd Finger, 3rd Fret Bottom E

4th Finger, 4th Fret Bottom E

Fingers - Bottom E:Tablature

Click above picture to play sequence

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Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB (pt2)

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Once you’ve got to grips(ahem) with holding your plectrum you need to get your hand position correct when striking strings.

Holding plectrum, striking the string.

Getting a comfortable position to stike the strings of your guitar is very important.

If you look at the above picture you can see that I rest my forearm on the body of the guitar.

My palm is resting on the bridge/tail of the guitar.

This is fine for plucking/picking strings with your plectrum or fingers.

Holding your plectrum, plucking the string.

In the above picture my plucking hand is not directly over the sound hole, this is a sound choice.

You can strike the string anywhere, closer to the neck and you’ll get a warm sound, closer to the body a tighter/brighter sound.

When picking notes you should take care to move you wrist and not your elbow.

When you strum you use a combination of Elbow, Shoulder and Wrist.

Always choose what is comfortable to you.

Try checking out youtube of video footage of your favourite guitarists, take care to watch their picking/strumming hand.

Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB

In the first part of this¬† primer I’m going to introduce how to hold your plectrum.

This article is part of the free online guitar lesson material that is hosted on untidymusic.com

Choosing your plectrum.


The above picture is of the typical plectrum shape, of course there are others,

Shark Fin Style Plectrum

A lot of of plectrums though are smooth, this presents a problem with grip.

Delrin plectrums are like this a smooth plastic they have problems with sweaty fingers.

2 options that we can look at are,

Find a plectrum that is rough or has holes,

The plectrums I use are Jim Dunlop Nylons,

Jim Dunlop NylonJim Dunlop Nylon

You could also look for plectrums that have holes,

Plectrum with a Hole

The above example is a mock up but a lot of places sell plectrums like this.

Alternatively you could buy normal delrins or smooth plectrums and customize them as above using a drill(please be careful).

Or you could get sandpaper and take the shine off and rough up the edge that you hold.

Holding the Plectrum.

Holding your plectrum

The above picture shows what I would consider the correct way to hold the plectrum.

Although it could probably be a bit more relaxed as in the picture below.

Holding your plectrum

Holding your plectrum

The above picture shows another way to hold the plectrum and although it doesn’t look that dissimilar to the first examples, it is.

The plectrum is held between the flat/fingertip of the ‘Index’ finger.

The first two pictures the plectrum is held between the thumb and the side of the ‘Index’ finger.

But it is all about how comfortable you feel.

In my opinion the top two examples are the best way to hold a plectrum.

Guitar Primer:  Plectrum, Fingers and TAB (Pt 2)

Guitar Primer: Understanding TAB and Chords

The past week has been a busy one in the background of this site.

I’ve decided to completely overhaul the site’s look, feel and navigation.

I’ve also decided to involve another topic of interest, that being learning guitar.

The guitar lessons that are offered for free on this site are just that.

You can donate if you want and to but that aside these lessons are free to everyone.

This online tuition veers in difficulty from absolute beginner to intermediate.

A primer to understanding TAB and Chord Boxes can be found here

A Chordbook can be found here.

And Scales can be found here.

There’s also a host of other Guitar related information:

Backing Tracks – Jam tracks for guitar solo and lead guitar.

Free VST Guitar Plugins – Amp simulation and guitar effects.