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We're going to utilize a "G" chord and a G significant pentatonic to show how we can utilize 5 fundamental chord shapes to go up and down the neck of the guitar.These 5 fundamental chord

shapes are the open types(dipped into completion of the neck near the tuning pegs )of the "G"chord, the "E" chord, the "D" chord, the "C" chord, and the "A" chord. Obviously, when we play the chord shapes in various positions, the chord name will not be "E", "D", "C", or "A". In truth, the chord will be a "G" chord each time we play it-- although we utilize the fingerings typically connected with the open "E", "D", "C", and "A" chords.

| The chord will be a "G" chord every time we play it-- although we utilize the fingerings usually associated with the open "E", "D", "C", and "A" chords.

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At the Start-- the "G" chord
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We'll begin with the fundamental open "G" chord. The chord type is:

-- ooo- open

|||||| First fret

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|x|||| Second fret

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x|||| x Third fret

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The pentatonics in this type of the chord are these:


E-- 0-- 3 ----------------------------------------------------------
B -------- 0-- 3 ----------------------------------------------------
G -------------- 0-- 2 ----------------------------------------------
D -------------------- 0-- 2 ----------------------------------------
A -------------------------- 0-- 2 ----------------------------------
E -------------------------------- 0-- 3 ----------------------------

Keep in mind that the 3rd fret on the 2 "E" strings and the 2nd fret on the "A" string follow the fundamental "G" chord form.The following

box shows the tab above and reveals the fundamental chord type. The "c" is a note in the chord type, the "r" is the root note of the chord, and the "x" are the additional notes that, when integrated with the "c" and "r" notes, comprise the pentatonic.xxcccx open||

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|||First ------|cxx|| Second ------ r|||xr 3rd ------

-------------------------------------------- 2nd Stop

on the Fretboard-the"E"chord -------------------------------------------- To move down the fretboard, we're going to utilize the disallowed type of the"G"chord. This

is essentially the open"E"chord; nevertheless, dipped into the 3rd fret it provides us a" G"chord. The chord type is: ------ xxxxxx 3rd ------|||x|| Fourth ------ |

. xx|||Fifth ------ Keep in mind how the 3rd fret of the" c","r","x" pattern

links these

2 chord types, considering that they have notes in common.The pentatonics in this type of the chord are these: E-- 3-- 5 ---------------------------------------------------------- B

-------- 3-- 5 ---------------------------------------------------- G -------------- 2-- 4 ---------------------------------------------- D -------------------- 2-- 5 ---------------------------------------- A -------------------------- 2-- 5 ---------------------------------- E -------------------------------- 3-- 5 ---------------------------- Following the exact same"c","r", and"x"notation as above, here is the pentatonic pattern: ------|xxx|| Second ------ c|||cr 3rd ------|||c|| Fourth ------ xcr|| x Fifth ------ ------------------------------------------- 3rd Stop on the Fretboard-the "D"chord ------------------------------------------- We'll move on down a few worries to the next position on the fretboard. We're now utilizing a type just like the open"D"chord. ------ xxx|||Fifth ------ |

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.|Sixth ------|||x|x 7th ------|||| x|8th ------ The 5th fret notes connect this chord type to the previous one.The tab for the pentatonic of this type appears like: E-- 5-- 7 ---------------------------------------------------------- B -------- 5-- 8 ---------------------------------------------------- G -------------- 4-- 7 ---------------------------------------------- D -------------------- 5-- 7 ---------------------------------------- A -------------------------- 5-- 7 ---------------------------------- E -------------------------------- 5-- 7 ---------------------------- Here's

the "c ", "r","x"pattern


: ------|||x|| Fourth ------ ccr|xx 5th ------|||||| Sixth ------ xx|c|c 7th ------|||| r|8th ------ -------------------------------------------- 4th Stop on the Fretboard-the"C"chord -------------------------------------------- Continuing down the fretboard--

we're now utilizing a chord type just like

the open"C"chord. It appears like this: ------ x|| x |

.  x 7th ------||

||x|8th ------|| x |

 .|| 9th ------ |

. x|||| 10th ------ The connecting

notes in between this

chord type and the previous are the 7th and 8
worries on the G, B, and E strings. We'll play the pentatonic for this type as follows: E-- 7-- 10 --------------------------------------------------------- B --------- 8-- 10 --------------------------------------------------

G ---------------- 7-- 9 -------------------------------------------- D ---------------------- 7-- 9 -------------------------------------- A ---------------------------- 7-- 10 ------------------------------- E ----------------------------------- 7--

10 ------------------------ and the"crx"pattern is: ------ cxxc|c 7th ------|||| r|8th ------|| cx|| 9th ------ xr|| xx 10th ------ ------------------------------------------- Last Stop on the Fretboard-the"A"chord ------------------------------------------- Another give the fretboard, where we'll play the open"A"type of this chord. The chord pattern is: ------ xx|| |
x 10th ------|||||| 11th ------|| xxx|12th ------ The 10th fret from the previous"crx"relate to this present chord type. We'll play the pentatonic like so:

E-- 10-- 12 -------------------------------------------------------- B ---------- 10-- 12 ------------------------------------------------ G ------------------ 9-- 12 ----------------------------------------- D ------------------------- 9-- 12 ---------------------------------- A -------------------------------- 10-- 12 -------------------------- E ----------------------------------------

10-- 12 ------------------ The"crx"type of this pentatonic pattern is: ------|| xx|| 9th ------ cr|| xc 10th ------|||||| 11th ------ xxcrcx 12th ------ --------------------------------------- All Done-- That Brings United States Back to"G"! --------------------------------------- We're now at the 12th fret, so we have actually finished the octave! We can now begin over once again utilizing the patterns and shapes we started with.For circumstances, the next chord pattern will be the

initial open"G"pattern-- simply played 12 worries even more down the

keyboard. The pattern is: ------|| xxx|12th fret ------|| |
||| 13th fret ------|x |
||| 14th fret ------ x||
||x 15th fret ------ which is precisely the thing that we started with-- other than the"D","G", and"B"strings are not open. We can utilize the exact same patterns we utilized initially, we'll simply move everything 12 worries down the fretboard. ------------------------------------ So that's how you can go up and down the fretboard

utilizing 5 chord shapes-- the "G", the"E", the"D", the"C"

, and the"A".|That's how you can move up and down the fretboard

utilizing 5 chord shapes-- the "G", the"E", the"D", the"C"

, and the"A". Keep in mind, although we might be utilizing a"D"shape, it's still a"G"chord if we play it at the 7th and 8th frets!Also, note how the"crx "patterns reveal you the connecting notes

in between all each pattern and its neighbors.I have actually utilized a

"G"chord in

this illustration-- nevertheless, it must appear that by moving things up or down a fret, you can work your method around

the fretboard no matter

what chord you're following.|

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