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Old 04-17-22, 09:41 PM
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Here are two more very fun and simple Guitar songs that shouldn't take you too long to rock them:

YOU'RE NO GOOD - Linda Ronstadt

CAPO 1st Fret like it says to do.

Forget About and Skip the B Bb after C

Forget About what it says there for the instrumental break.

For the Instrumental Break:
Just Play Am........D.........F.......................Am........D........F
Then F......G......C........................Am.........D.........E

then back to what it says there.

CHANGING FROM Am to D is fast and simple IF YOU THINK D7 shape and Use Pinky for D.
You know that the INDEX finger is where it needs to stay IF YOU USE D7 shape and drop the PINKY down for D.
It is hipnotic and so simple as you're just swingin' the BIRD & RING up and down as a unit when changing between Am and D chords.
You also have it (INDEX finger) in place where it stays for D to F chord changes.

Heck, you can use the Fmaj7 chord instead of the indicated F chord, and it will sound great too.
You should however use this simple song to LEARN to get your fingers into doing the F chord WITHOUT BARRE, you know with INDEX on 2nd string 1ST FRET,..BIRD on 3rd string 2ND FRET...,PINKY on 4th string 3RD FRET...,RING on 5th string 3RD FRET.........try also to get the INDEX to get the 1st string 1ST FRET also, but if you can't do that it doesn't matter much if your 1st string doesn't ring out(is muted)..............after many thousands of tries you'll get the ability to capture both the 1st and 2nd strings clearly with the tip portion of your INDEX finger..................heck, you know when you can do that, well, you can then hang the thumb over on the 6th string(fattest string) 1st FRET and that gives you the six string MOVEABLE F shape that many musicians use that does not require barring the INDEX finger.
Now, yes it works great and hundreds of rock stars do it this way most of the time, when your hand is grasping the guitar neck and hanging the thumb over the fretboard catching the low E string (fattest string-6th string..) it limits the ability to stretch your fingers across the span of three frets nearest the nut/headstock, where if your thumb was behind the neck in classical trained instruction, your fingers could span across four frets, assuming you could master doing it that way. What I am saying is that there are potential trade-offs by doing it one way or another. It is easier to get leverage to bend & choke strings when playing in the blues/rock fashion of hanging the thumb over the neck. The hand/finger stretch out difference becomes almost immaterial as you get beyond the 3rd fret on most any acoustic or electric.
Again, my advice from my "Wrong Way Method" is to just do whatever you can to get to playing anything that you enjoy playing, that sounds almost decent enough and recognizable by others hearing it. Once you can play anything, no matter how poorly or at the wrong speed or wrong key or whatever...once you get something that you can play part of that song almost decently, you will improve IF you just keep trying to find other simple songs & simplified chord arrangements of songs that you really like. Don't worry about what the dang strummin pattern is supposed to be......just do it based on trying to get it based on instinct and sound.....yeah, you might not get it initially but I think you'll learn faster that way IF you try it that way before you just memorize that Billy at guitar center told you to go Down Down Up, then Up Down Up, Down Up Down 23 times or whatever... My belief is also that if you simultaneously are working on about four different simple songs or simply arranged songs, that you will progress better than just working on one at a time until you can play it well. Sure, those that are musically inclined, and gifted can do better on one at a time maybe but the ordinary person that might be considered slow-musically hopeless by the gifted ones will definitely benefit from learning like the old blues people and old country people that all lived in the middle of nowhere with no books, no televisions, just a back porch and some cold drinks and somebody showing someone else what little that they knew. The explanation was ultra simple because nobody had any formal knowledge of the proper descriptive terminology. Sometimes it is actually better to just get the ability to change between some chords and play a few tunes before complicating things too much. Keep IT Simple Stupid. Too many times, published instruction books complicate things and don't approach it in real simple terms. My guess is that they do it like that because they don't want to be criticized for bad teaching methods, or its just that that the instructor-author is so talented and brilliant in playing ability that perhaps he/she cannot relate to the ordinary person who wishes to learn but might be termed musically hopeless/slow.

Anyway, "YOU'RE NO GOOD" is one that you can probably in a short time, grasp the groove, and rock the hell out of it, perhaps not as easy as "AFTER MIDNIGHT" but equally fun, and fun on either an acoustic played somewhat softly or on a electric guitar cranked up so it rattles your neighbors' windows.
Its all about finding something that you'd like to try to play and have fun with it. You don't have to do an exact note for note mimic of the original song for it to sound good.

Here is another one that all of you will likely remember, no matter what age you are:
The LOCOMOTION (wriiten by songwriters Carole King & her then husband Gerry Goffin)
Only song that I know of that hit #1 three different times ..........Little Eva (1962 she was Carole King's babysitter....the artist that they wrote the song for, didn't want it)
GRAND FUNK (1974) and Kylie Monogue (1987)


I would like yall to play it with CAPO on 2nd FRET
CAPO II because Grand Funk's was I think done in key of D.
So place your capo on 2nd Fret
USE THESE CHORDS instead of what is displayed there"
C instead of D
Am instead of Bm
F instead of G
Dm instead of Em
D instead of E
G instead of A

otherwise the placement of said chords above the printed lyrics in that link above for LOCOMOTION are where you need them to be.

C to Am change is super simple............keep your INDEX & BIRD planted and only move your RING to go from C to Am, and from Am back to C

Am to F is fairly easy too...............keep your INDEX planted where it is
(YOU CAN USE Fmaj 7 chord if F gives you problems............same thing Am to Fmaj7........keep your INDEX planted where it is

F to Dm is fairly easy too...............keep your BIRD finger planted where it is on 3rd string at 2ND FRET
INDEX actually stays exactly where it does if you already can play the F chord perfectly.....but you scootch it(INDEX) to only 1st string 1st FRET if you can't.
you gotta make the 1st string 1st FRET ring out on the Dm chord......that is important on Dm
the RING catches the 2nd string at 3rd FRET
(doesn't make a difference if your INDEX covers the 2nd string 1st FRET and 1st string 1st FRET , IF YOU CAN GET THE 1st string 1st FRET to Ring clear to make Dm chord)

F to D will be much easier if you think D7 shape and use the PINKY to make the D chord

thinking in terms of D7 shape and using PINKY......, WILL ALSO make the D chord to C chord much much easier

C to G to C
remember you can leave your PINKY at 1st string 3RD FRET ( like the "HILLBILLY" C chord and the four string G chord... )
It can work as an anchor, you can lift it, put it down however you like when playing the C chord............put it down then lift everything else just slightly and you've got the simple four string G chord.

The LOCOMOTION is fun and simple, once you get the hang of it.
CAPO II sounds best in my opinion, but it is your choice as you can CAPO III and maybe get closer to Little Eva's version.
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Great posts, VintageSchwinn!

FWIW I've begun approaching acoustic guitar as almost a percussion instrument and do a lot of "boom chuck," focusing more on keeping a steady tempo and rhythmic dynamics to serve as a sort of "drum track." As for chord changes, I'll admit that after 40 years a lot of it is muscle memory but I do notice that I typically "plant" my fingers in stages, starting with the "root" (or bass) notes on the low E or A string and releasing the chord on the last upstroke (turning it into a purely percussive sound.) Yes, the F chord still gives me trouble but I've opted to use my thumb at times and forget about the high E string. I also like to keep some fingers planted to carry on a sort of drone as I only change out the bass notes.

Otherwise, I'm also a big fan of using capos - especially on my smaller OM (orchestra model). The string spacing is wider the further you go up the scale and I like the higher voicing and improved sustain from having the nut taken out of the equation.

Here are some of the simpler songs that I love to play. * A lot of these songs use "sus" and "add" chords because I will keep my ring and pinky fingers planted on the G,B, and high E strings.

Wagon Wheel - OCMS
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Wild World - Cat Stevens
Runaround - Blues Traveler
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Wonderwall - Oasis
Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
Crazy - Gnarles Barkley
Trouble - Ray LaMontagne
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Had an Ovation Elite about 30yrs ago, picked up pre-owned from a local shop. One of the few guitars I had found that had a slim enough neck so I could easily work the left hand. Wasn't $200, and didn't need the electric features, but it had a fairly rich sound for being a shallow-back design. Never was much good, but it gave me a great amount of pleasure to do a modest range of songs I could handle.

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One of my shipmates came back from his first The Who concert and demonstrated how Townsend smashed his guitar on stage. The Ovation he had wasn't an Elite model, but it broke up real nice! He picked up an Alvarez a week later which survived the next concert he went to.

I have a friend that makes banjos. He almost talked me into making a guitar, however my love for metal working won out and I have made several bike frames since.
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Here are a few more EASY and fun to play songs:
MEMORY MOTEL - the Rolling Stones *** CAPO at 3rd Fret instead of at the first fret it says in the link below-----use C instead of D.......etc
CAPO III instead of having the CAPO at first fret
C instead of D
Am instead of Bm
F instead of G
G instead of A

*** You may want to PLAY Fmaj7 instead of using F chord. ALSO: the Fadd9 chord is just the Fmaj7 chord WITH THE PINKY put DOWN.
Fadd9 IS YOUR PINKY on 1st string 3rd FRET.......same location as on the G chord , and same location as for "Hillbilly C chord.....
( that Fadd9 chord is a F chord on a banjo......you don't need to know that, but if you ever mess about with banjo tuning--g tuning......)
To recap: Fmaj7............then stick your pinky down on 1st string 3rd FRET to get Fadd9 chord
Like the Hillbilly C chord and the simple four string G chord, YOUR PINKY IS ALREADY ANCHORED WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE for changing to/from C, G, Fadd9...
Fadd9, sometimes is an excellent, well fitting substitute for F chord, almost as good as the Fmaj7 chord is sometimes.
TRY IT OUT & SEE HOW IT SOUNDS TO YOUR EARS IN THIS SONG & IN PERHAPS SOME OTHER SONGS WHERE doing so will help with providing an anchor to facilitate a smooth and quicker chord change.

SLIP SLIDIN AWAY - Paul Simon ( place your CAPO at 1st FRET as it says there.......YOU MIGHT FIND that the Fadd9 chord which is Fmaj7 then PINKY down gives you the smoothest transition after doing the G chord, then Fadd9 (or Fmaj7) then to C chord, then to G chord...........................THIS PLACE IN THE SONG WHERE THIS F is called for only happens for a few seconds, about only twice in the whole song, so you can still easily get 97% of the song right off of the bat.
That Hillbilly C chord will assist when going G........F...C...G... Just think about it, as that will getcha to G, and likewise that Fadd9 has the PINKY there too.
Google a picture(chord diagram) of a Fmaj7 chord, and then google the picture of Fadd9 chord..........the difference is that on Fadd9, your PINKY is on 1st string at 3rd FRET.........the same exact place where the PINKY stays anchored for G chord, and to do the Hillbilly C chord.......once you get to either the HILLBILLY C chord, you can lift pinky if you want or lift/put back down however you like as many times as you want for variety or whatever...........you can do essentially the same between Fmaj7 chord and the Fadd9 chord............play around with placing the PINKY down and lifting it, so you can make both chords if you want to.
Now Slip Slidin' Away does have the C7 chord which very conveniently within this song, comes immediately after the C chord, so it makes it much much easier than it sometimes is to play-change to the C7 chord. THIS IS GOOD PRACTICE HERE because in Slip Slidin Away, ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS throw down your PINKY while playing the ordinary C chord................THIS TIME FOR the C7 chord, Your PINKY goes on 3rd string 3rd FRET to make the C7 .
You probably wanna just try and get some practice playing the C chord and then putting your PINKY on 3rd string 3rd FRET for the C7 chord. As yall already know, you do get the Hillbilly C chord when you put your PINKY on 1st string 3rd FRET while otherwise forming an ordinary C chord.

CECILIA - Simon & Garfunkel *** CAPO IV like it says and it is just G, C, D, chords like it says there in the link below.....the capo makes it key of B
You see because you are playing the G chord and you've got the CAPO on the 4th FRET.......it sounds out as B..........
remember the Alphabet.....G, G#/Ab, A, A#/Bb, B, C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E, F, F#/Gb, G, G#/Ab, A, A#/Bb, B, C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E, F, F#/Gb, G, G#/Ab...
-----goes forwards & backwards UNTIL YOU RUN OUTTA FRETS..... .....Basically all you gotta remember is that B goes directly to C and that E goes directly to F,
Other than than B going directly to C, and E going directly to F, all the other alphabet letters have an equivalent sharp#/Flat(b) between them.
Simon & Garfunkel opened the show that I saw at Grant Field in Atlanta on August 14th, 1983 with the song Cecilia. Grant Field was what GA TECH's football stadium
was known as during the 20th Century.
extremely simple, capo IV and just three chords, G, C, D....

LOW BUDGET - The Kinks ( fairly simple just A, E, and D chords)

SUNNY AFTERNOON - The Kinks ( CAPO at 5th FRET, then just simple Am, E7, G, C, D7 chords..)

Hey, all of you beginners that haven't yet figured out how to use your CAPO...
You should know the Guitar Alphabet, right??.....yeah yall know that........well heck thats all you gotta know.
Okay, so you're thinking that idiot Vintage Schwinn isn't making any sense at all, because I don't understand....
The SIMPLE solution that WILL also help you learn the Alphabet relationship better if you can't compute the chords in your head.
Okay, so get out a sheet of ordinary notebook paper.........college ruled or wide ruled, it does not matter.....you need the lines,
although you could do it with blank paper too, but lines already on the page will make it simpler for you.
****You're gonna make a CAPO CHART from scratch******
.........................................................................Actual Sound of the chord.......

CHORD HELD:..............................FRET#......1.....2.....3.....4.....5.....6.....7......8


You then write in the box-chart diagram layed out like that, sort of like a Masters Tournament scoreboard, or a baseball scoreboard.
OBVIOUSLY, you'd probably want to in the CHORD HELD Column, want to make the C, D, E, G, A in a more noticeable bolder ink.
Why do that? Because C, D, E, G, and A will be your most common easy to form chords.
Why aren't any MINOR chords listed there?? You know the Alphabet doesn't care if MAJOR, MINOR, or SEVENTH or whatever....relationship is constant between whatever chord. You got that don't you? WHATEVER LETTER, you use the chart exactly the same....so for Em or E7, you'd use the "E" letter, and for Am or A7, you'd use the "A" letter, and Dm or D7 would use the "D" letter..........and so on and so on for whatever...
OKAY WHY does Vintage Schwinn seem to think that C, D, E, G, A should be highlighted in that far left "CHORD HELD" column?
Well because C, D, G, and Em chords are super Easy and VERY COMMON, as are the A, A7, Am, E, E7, G7, D7, and Dm chords.

Notice that I did omit the line for Chord held for D#/Eb........leave that line blank, yeah leave space for the line but leave the line blank.
Notice that I did omit the line for Chord held for G#/Ab........leave that line blank, yeah leave space for the line but leave the line blank.
Why did Vintage Schwinn suggest that?
Off the top of my head, I can't think of any simple useable major/minor/7th chords for D sharp/E flat chords---OR---for easy simple G sharp/A flat chords, etc...either.
I can think of simple C#m chord.
I can think of fairly simple F#m and F# chords.
I can also think fairly simple B flat chord.
Certainly there are fairly simple version variations of F chords , as well as simple enough B7, Bm, and B chords that one might be able to play well enough in certain songs.
IT IS JUST YOU MAKING A CAPO CHART WHICH YOU CAN USE FOR REFERENCE. Just making and writing out the chord chart will be a good exercise for your brain. It ain't nothing but the guitar Alphabet, but you'll be able to visually see the possibilities WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT SOME ARRANGEMENT THAT HAS chords that might not be easy to play WITHOUT resorting to Moveable chord forms or/and barre chords.
You will probably instantly recognize some songs with a just four or five chords or less that you can translate in your head, but hey the CAPO CHART could make it faster for you, and give you multiple possibilities that you didn't initially recognize.
Okay, Why does Vintage Schwinn's CAPO CHART suggested above ONLY GO OUT TO THE 8th FRET AND NOT BEYOND THE 8th FRET?
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If you put the capo past the 5th fret you're basically playing a 6 string baritone ukulele.
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The Faces - Ooh La La (1973) .....Ron Wood sang this one, ...he only sang a couple of tunes with the Faces.....
two simple ways to play this one
(1) chords D, Em7, G with CAPO I (capo at 1st FRET)
**REMEMBER that you can do the simple four string G chord which is just the PINKY on 1st string at 3rd FRET.....don't play the two fattest strings.
REMEMBER that you can get the simple four string Em7 chord WITH NO FINGERS......just strum the first four strings...don't play the two fattest strings.
As you can see when you find out for yourself that the Em7 chord WITH NO FINGERS works pretty darn good on this song.
It will allow you to play it. Then once you can do that, then perhaps try it with the six string Em7 chord and six string G chord.
KEEP IT SIMPLE, Simple is Good! ....You can also play it without the CAPO and it will still sound about the same using these D, Em7, G chords.

(2) chords G, Am7, C with CAPO VII (capo at 7th FRET)
TRY PLAYING IT BOTH WAYS IF YOU CAN, hey just like the (1) first version calls for Capo I, and (2) second version calls for Capo VII,
you could do the first version without a Capo and you could do the second version with the Capo VI , if you find you like that better.

Jackie Wilson HIGHER AND HIGHER chords are D, G, Em7 (yeah it says D, G, G6 but you know what: That G6 IS ANOTHER NAME FOR Em7 )
so now that mystery is solved for you!
Again the simple four string Em7 chord WITH NO FINGERS will work okay. The simple four string G chord will work too!

Sly & the Family Stone EVERYDAY PEOPLE chords C, G, G7 with CAPO I (capo 1st Fret)

Rod Stewart FACES & Sam Cooke TWISTIN THE NIGHT AWAY chords G, Em, C, D7 with CAPO II (capo 2nd FRET)
This was a great crowd pleasing staple of most every FACES concert from '72 through '75...
Rod's Faces live version leaves out the two bridge lines: "Lean Up, Lean Back..." -and- "Watusi Now... "
You probably will also want to update that first part of the song's opening lines to: "WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE SO GREAT"
This song was on Rod Stewart's 1972 album called "NEVER A DULL MOMENT"
Rod had a previous solo contract with Mercury Records and The Faces had a contract with Warner Brothers.
The same personnel, Rod, Ron Wood, Ian MacLagan,Ronnie Lane,Kenney Jones played on both.
Rod was smart enough to keep most of the best balance of songs for his solo records.
From 1970 thru the end of 1975, Rod Stewart played live with those guys (Ronnie Lane left in June '73 and was replaced by Tetsu on bass)
They were a huge concert box office draw back in the day.

Bob Dylan - LIKE A ROLLING STONE ( the rolling stones also began performing this song live at many concerts in the mid nineties)
chords: C, F, G, Dm, Em ( USE THE HILLBILLY C chord, and the Fadd9 chord INSTEAD of F, this will make chord changes easy since you will have that anchor with the G chord, you know that PINKY anchored down on 1st string at 3RD FRET.....)

Play this WITH YOUR CAPO at the 2nd FRET ( CAPO II) and play it with the chords that I have listed below:
A instead of B
G instead of A
C instead of D
D instead of E


Play this WITH YOUR CAPO at the 2nd FRET (CAPO II) and play it with the chords that I have listed below:
Am instead of Bm
D7 instead of E7
G instead of A
Em instead of F#m

CAPO IV chords D, G, A

Lynyrd Skynyrd - GIVE ME THREE STEPS
chords: D, A, E7, G
REMEMBER that easy four string E7 chord, which is just the INDEX FINGER on 3rd string at 1st FRET.......it might come in handy!!!

Gilligan's Island
Now if you have a Chord Buddy device, you remember that Shark Tank tv show program of ten years ago (2012) when Travis Perry, the inventor from Dothan, Alabama, got a deal with the shark Robert Herjevec.
Chord Buddy DOES 4 chords:
RED BUTTON = D chord
thats all that ChordBuddy can do, but still it would allow someone to play hundreds of songs.
YES, ChordBuddy does work.
It is well worth the forty bucks or so that the chordbuddy package with the songbook & instructional material costs.
My opinion is that most folks who get the chord buddy won't really attempt to learn to make chords on their own, perhaps maybe 10% might make an effort to learn to make chords on their own, but that is still 10% of folks that wouldn't have made it otherwise.
The instruction and the chordbuddy youtube videos (they are free, typically are superb done by Travis Perry, will be helpful to anyone trying to learn guitar SINCE the song arrangements are all using G, C, D, Em chords and nothing else.
There are knockoffs of the ChordBuddy device that sell for about $10 or less but one has to wonder if they work as well as ChordBuddy.
My opinion is that the ChordBuddy works decently assuming you can get it securely mounted to your guitar. This in my opinion is the weakest part of the ChordBuddy design as manufactured is the screw down and plastic vice arms, rubber padded of course. My guess is that allowed for the cheapest most inexpensive, cost effective design. The plastic Diving Boards that function in making the individual chords from the push of just one button seem to be very well made, given the lightweight plastic.
If your guitar doesn't have medium-high, or high action, the Chord Buddy likely will work okay if your guitar is somewhere in the 24 1/2 to 25 9/16 scale range, and the neck at nut width isn't too narrow or excessively wide......you can check with them for specifics.
YOU CANNOT USE A CAPO with ChordBuddy.
The ChordBuddy people (Travis P.) seem to be really good at answering questions and swapping out/replacing any defective or any missing parts. Travis Perry's instructional content on his youtube ChordBuddy videos is GREAT and beginners would benefit from watching those whether or not that they have a chord buddy. I do think that the instruction is outstanding and if folks follow the instruction and then remove the "training wheels" as the lesson plan does step by step, will learn beyond using the ChordBuddy, but from the many that I have seen, that those are mostly very content doing the YELLOW(Em), GREEN(C), RED(D), BLUE(G), button pushing.
That is not a bad thing because, you can still get to where you can play some songs well. The thing it might jumpstart in a few people is the ability to coordinate the strumming hand, etc, while not worring as much about the fretting hand's fingers at the same time.
I have seen folks play open mics with a ChordBuddy and they put on a pretty good performance that was about as good as anyone playing normally. Hey, its cheap, but if you can learn ordinarily from the start to finger basic cowboy chords and realize simple fingering possibilities that you will be way ahead of a ChordBuddy device user. Whether or not, and no matter what your opinion of that Chord Buddy device is, there is a lot of FREE instructional youtube support on great songs to learn with just G, C, D, Em chords from a really good independent guy called Edwin Parsons, that really makes it simple to follow and understand. The ChordBuddy people also have a lot of FREE instructional youtube vids on how to play many great songs. Both that independent fanatic chord buddy player named Edwin, and the official, actual CB people(Travis P.) do seem to respond to fan's email requests for serving up a youtube video instructional rendition of favorite popular well known classic hits, if it is at all possible to work out a minimally acceptable version using only G, C, D, Em. THE BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL QUALITY IS OUTSTANDING from both the CB people (Travis P.) and the independent chord buddy player named Edwin. Edwin's videos aren't anywhere close to a professionally lighted, filmed and edited youtube video but the ordinary amateur phone video quality and audio is more than good enough to get the job done, and Edwin's instruction is simple and straight forward and he doesn't waste any time. The CB people (Travis P.) free youtube videos are professionally done and outstanding in basic instructional quality. Though their aim is focused on complete Beginners, the Advanced beginners and intermediate players could still learn a lot on how to play many of the classic songs that Edwin Parsons and the ChordBuddy people have worked out into simple G, C, D, Em arrangements. Try to soak up knowledge like a sponge from wherever and do whatcha gotta do to begin playing the songs that you'd like to play. I could tell yall how to play nearly a hundred different individual classic songs by doing a bunch of different tunings, specific to certain songs etc, but other than getting an appreciation for the guitar alphabet (the letter note relationship) and one finger barre and two finger chords, you won't learn much at this point without the general basic prerequisite knowledge and understanding of chords and how they seem to mesh & work when using the typical Cowboy Chords of ordinary normal STANDARD TUNING. The objective is to learn. What I'm not saying much about for that reason will become crystal clear once you get to where you can play about ten or a dozen or more songs. Remember that it doesn't matter too much HOW YOU LEARN as long as you get to the point of having fun making something that sounds enjoyable enough to make you want to play more.
If you can learn to finger the typical cowboy chords of C, Am, D7, G, G7, D, (you get Em7 for free with NO FINGERS) , Em7, E7, E
Em, Dm, A, A7, .....heck you can play just about anything because you'll be able to move that A and A7 chord two frets up the fretboard to make B and B 7 with very little effort........ heck you can learn that B7 that has a triangle shape similar to D7 shape but higher up the strings near the ordinary cowboy E chord. Heck, you can learn the Bm chord easily enough as essentially your bird, ring, pinky now do that Am shape that the index, bird, ring did on the Am chord. PICTURE THE Am chord and now for making the Bm chord place your BIRD at 3RD FRET on SECOND STRING, and then your PINKY at 4TH FRET on THIRD STRING, and then your RING at 4TH FRET on FOURTH STRING, and finally, importantly the INDEX finger tip goes on the FIRST STRING at the 2ND FRET......................skip the two fattest strings....meaning play this Bm chord as a four string chord........(hey, you probably might not realize it yet if you're a complete beginner,but EVERY CHORD WITH NO OPEN STRINGS BEING PLAYED is Moveable Chord......yeah thats right it is MOVEABLE if all the strings that are being strummed are being fretted down, so heck yes, you can do an almost unbelievable amount without resorting to using barre chords, if you know enough about what you are doing) None of this stuff is too difficult to learn, if someone just keeps the explanation simple enough that even a moron like me could understand it. Simple is good. The more of the simple stuff that you really know and understand how it can be utilized, the more that you will instantly realize later on when you become a better, more accomplished player.
It ain't that hard if you break it down into Simple Analysis that you can understand and grasp. Don't try to be Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck at this point in time. Find a simple arrangement of songs that you love and know well. Understand that you won't be ready to leave the garage within a week and go on tour as an opening act for McCartney, Paul Simon, or The Rolling Stones.
Again, remember that some wizards with a schooled musical background often explain things in a language that only those with unversity bachelors degrees in Music theory would understand. Find another instructor if your guitar teacher is sort of like Professor Houston (how-ston) of the "Paper Chase". Keep things simple.
GILLIGANS ISLAND (CAPO IV) chords Am, G, F..............now if you were doing ChordBuddy on Gilligans you'd have to use Em, D, C

Seasons in The Sun - Terry Jacks (1974 # 1 smash hit)
CAPO VI chords C, Dm, G, G7

Forever Young - Bob Dylan
CAPO II chords C, Em, Dm, F, G, Am

well there is a really inexpensive but halfway decent telecaster style guitar.....the GLARRY tele , they are lightweight and decently made and the neck pickup sounds great in my opinion but the bridge pickup doesn't sound as good as a Squier's bridge pickup. I prefer the chunky neck of the GLARRY to the basic Squier, and the Glarry's neck pickup. The Glarry typically sells for about $85 to $90 NEW depending on the ebay vendor or from Glarry Music direct.
These will have decent fret work, although some fret ends may be sharp and the neck finish sanding isn't as complete, The body appearance on the Yellow-natural version really looks nice for a cheap guitar. Top loading bridge isn't the same or the same quality as Squier or Fender but it is minimally adequate and can be changed out. The pots and switch aren't close to Fender quality but they do the job somewhat. The body is routed for the possibility of a NECK HUMBUCKER, but in my opinion that cheapo neck pickup is good, as in my opinion you'd want to use this Glarry tele as a one pickup guitar (NECK ONLY) unless you modify/change the bridge pickup or perhaps changing the pots might improve the bridge p/u but I haven't explored that as of yet. Glarry also makes a semi-hollow sort of tele style guitar which sells for close to $100 and it seems a bit more capable out of the box, but again don't expect them to sound exactly like a Fender or Squier but they are still quite good, except without the Fender famous twang outta the bridge pickup. Heck, somebody that is a beginner or an intermediate player probably won't know the difference as their playing ability isn't good enough yet to make a difference.

Okay, just for the heck of it HERE IS SOMETHING YOU MAY WANT TO TRY using OPEN G tuning and OneFINGER chords... DOCK OF THE BAY-Otis Redding
Steve Cropper said somewhere along time ago in an interview that Otis came and showed him the song using OneFinger chords playing it to Steve.
OPEN G tuning: D-G-D-G-B-D
you tune down the 6th string from the normal E to D, and you tune the 5th string from the normal A to G, and you tune the 1st string from normal E to D
Keith Richards removes his 6th string BUT YOU DON'T NEED TO DO THAT, keith didn't originally do that, but he found that since he didn't play the 6th string BECAUSE the ROOT NOTE (G) is on the 5th STRING, and you already have enough deeze..............
Otis Redding - DOCK OF THE BAY
what you need to know for these One Finger bar Chords in OPEN G.........you recall the guitar alphabet ...
A = 2nd FRET
Bb = 3rd FRET
B = 4th FRET
C = 5th FRET
D = 7th FRET
E = 9th FRET
F = 10th FRET
(that should allow you to play DOCK OF THE BAY easily enough once you get the hang of it, using INDEX FINGER bar across )


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I own a few very nice guitars, including a gorgeous 1998 Paul Reed Smith CE24MT, but the ones that get played the most are a stupidly affordable Ibanez ArtCore AF-75, and an old Yamaha SE-200 that sold for less than $200 way back in the mid-1980s, so that would be the equivalent of what, a $35 guitar nowadays?
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About 15 years ago or so I'd have said the Gretsch Americana guitars that were being sold on Overstock.com for less than $100 - but apparently now they're "collectibles".


Before that I would have said Taylor Big Baby or the old style satin Larrivee parlors (when they were still being made up in Canada. Nowadays, I don't know though. If somebody inquires about a Martin backpacker I tell them those things look like a canoe paddle for a reason. Of course, there are the Taylor GS Mini and Martin dreadnought junior but the price seems to reflect more the name on the headstock than the actual value of the instrument. $300 is the least I'd be willing to pay for a guitar and not expect to get carpaltunnel from it. I typically try to steer people toward Yamaha FG-800s (if they're adults) or JR1s (if they're trying to push their little kids into playing.)
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Arright all of you wannabee six string strummers, HERE ARE A FEW MORE Easy Tunes that Yall will be able to Rock the hell out of like a pro, within probably a week.
Don't OVERTHINK this stuff.

A smash hit for George Thorogood called GET A HAIRCUT
(chords: G, C, D ) if you want to, slap your CAPO at 1st Fret, and then you're playing G#, C#, D# .......do it with or without, just whatever sounds best to you!

Continuing with the always great, always entertaining, always high energy, GEORGE THOROGOOD, here is MOVE IT ON OVER
The chords are G, C, D
Hank Williams' uses E, A, B7
** so for George Thorogood's YOU CAN USE G, C, D7 (**** D7 is super simple, and if you want to vary it whenever you please, Throw the PINKY down for D )

Heck, remember that in whatever song you are attempting to play That You Can Use The ULTRA SIMPLE G chord which is just PINKY at 3RD FRET of FIRST STRING.
If it makes it so that you can Play The Song With Smooth Chord Changes being at the pace necessary, just do it that way & don't worry about playing the two fat strings.
(****Now of course, you do realize that this is normal, standard guitar tuning EADGBE but if you've witnessed bad ol' George Thorogood LIVE ON STAGE, you may have realized that GEORGE PLAYS Move It On OVER , with Slide in OPEN G TUNING (you know Keef's tuning, also known as Banjo tuning......DGDGBD.... now if you remember previously how I explained earlier that Sittin' ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY could be played in Open G with 1 finger Keef chords, WELL FOR DOING move it on over, you might want to get an approximate 4 inch long wooden dowel that is round and about the diameter of a SHARPIE marker, heck a Sharpie by itself might work for you as a beginner too, or a similar sized piece of small round white pvc pipe..........anything round and straight that you can grab and hold in your hand and can depress the strings and quickly move and slide across the top of strings from fret to fret..........yeah, ordinarily intermediate/experienced guitarists will wear a piece of pipe, or a piece of a glass bottleneck on some finger, or just use a stiffened rigid finger, but using a piece of wooden dowel, piece of broomstick, Sharpie, etc, will allow any newbie beginner to do the George Thorogood like SLIDES from C to D......which in the KeithRichard/banjo Open G tuning is Just moving from 5th fret to 7th Fret, as you know because when tuned into Open G......YOU GET G chord for FREE, No Fingers At All, then your C chord is 1 finger bar at the 5th FRET and your D chord is your 1 finger bar at the 7th FRET.........well you substitute the dang piece of Broomstick, or wooden dowel, or Sharpie, instead of your INDEX Finger and hey you're playing a mean simple slide going back and forth, that will sound like a pro on something so simple as this particular song. IDEALLY, YOU WOULD WANT TO DO IT WITH THE BROOMSTICK-wooden dowel-Sharpie SLIDE, on YOUR Electric Guitar Plugged Into Your Amp WITH MODERATE VOLUME FOR THE BEST REALISTIC REPRESENTATION TO GET THE GIST OF HOW IT IS DONE, AND JUST HOW FUN IT IS, DOING THAT. Otherwise with an acoustic guitar just stick with strumming it in standard tuning using the G, C, D, cowboy chords. Do it that way in Standard on your electric guitar (strumming it in STANDARD TUNING with cowboy chords) before you try doing it like bad ol' George T does it Live On Stage.


USE the BIRD-INDEX-RING fingering for making your A chord
you know (2)(1)(3)

REMEMBER the ULTRA SIMPLE four string version of G chord, where you don't play the two fattest strings.....just PINKY on at 3RD FRET of first string

The EAGLES --- TAKE IT EASY (chords: G, D, C, Em, Am, G7)
Do whatever you like that works for you, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE FOUR FINGER G chord (not to be confused with the Ultra Simple FOUR STRING G chord )
Do the G chord in whatever way that works for you.
Remember that in an earlier post, that I told you that you do get Em7 with NO FINGERS, so for free, when playing only the first four strings, skipping the two fattest
ones, Well if you only strum the first three strings WITH NO FINGERS, that gives you a very simple Em chord.......skip the three fattest strings.
Hey, just doing that WILL ALLOW any newbie beginner to keep doing the chord changes at the pace that the song needs it to be.
Do whatcha gotta do, you are learning something that may help you tremendously in other songs too.
Try to do whatcha can to play it, and without thinking or worrying, you are expanding your knowledge and ability at the same time.
Don't overthink this stuff.
If you see a simplified way to do a certain chord change or a particular passage within a certain song, GIVE IT A TRY and see how it might work.
Often, you will be surprised that it often works very well.

Here are two more EASY to play classics from seventies group, B.T.O (Bachman Turner Overdrive)
***TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS you are gonna use your CAPO at 3RD FRET and the chords you will use are A, G, D, C
A instead of C
G instead of Bb
D instead of F
C instead of Eb
*****Remember to use BIRD-INDEX-RING , (2)(1)(3) for your A chord, REMEMBER that ultra simple four string G chord, just PINKY at 3RD FRET of 1st String.

LET IT RIDE (CAPO II) place your Capo at 2nd Fret just as it says there, and Use the CHORDS that it says there.
Yeah, LET IT RIDE, brings the Beginner 3 new additional chords that they probably don't know, BUT ARE JUST REALLY SIMPLE BECAUSE WITHOUT REALIZING IT, YOU ALREADY DO, Because These New 3 chords ARE ESSENTIALLY SIMPLIFIED STRIPPED-DOWN Super-Simple Variations OF SOME OF THE TYPICAL Em, Em7, A, "cowboy chords" THAT YOU ALREADY PLAY NOW. See the CHORD BOX DIAGRAMS within the song link below. You will see that it is self-explanatory.
You'll be rockin' this one within a day!
This one is Great Practice for A Complete Beginner, IF YOU JUST WORK ON THE ONE PARTICULAR LINE IN THE CHORUS that goes:
....(C) would you (G) cry if I (D) told you that I (E) lied ....
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Vintage Schwinn, you keep the hits coming! Enjoying your instruction very much as it is opening up another world in guitar for me. Thank you.
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UNDER THE BOARDWALK (chords: G, D7, G7, C, Em, D) The Drifters, also The ROLLING STONES did it in 1964, it is on the Stones' great 12 X 5 album.
****PLAY D7 in the VERSE part only instead of the D that it says there.

...D7 roof and your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fire G proof G7 ...

Hey, it is super easy to go from D7 to the super simple four string G chord (REMEMBER: just PINKY at 3rd FRET of 1ST STRING makes that G chord)

So going from D7 to G
JUST IMAGINE HOLDING the D7 chord down, AND Just ADD the PINKY at 3rd FRET of 1st STRING, and LIFT OFF the Index, Bird, Ring (all other fingers)

So going from G to G7....................JUST place your INDEX on at 1st FRET of 1ST STRING as you Remove the PINKY Off that string from 3rd Fret.

***DON'T FORGET THAT IN JUST THE SAME WAY AS FOR THE super simple fourstring G chord, YOU DO HAVE THE super simple fourstring G7 chord.
super-simple fourstring G7 chord (just the INDEX at 1st FRET of 1st STRING , don't play the two fattest strings)

Under The Boardwalk

Olivia Newton-John IF YOU LOVE ME, LET ME KNOW (1974) CAPO III chords: D, D7, G, Em, A, A7 (so it sounds in the original song's key of F )

here is the song arranged in the key of G, NO CAPO, chords: G, G7, C, Am, D, D7

Olivia Newton-John LET ME BE THERE (1973) chords: D, G, D, A, E7, D7 ***DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE key change DURING THE SONG'S LAST CHORUS
just keep doing it the same way as the first chorus and the second chorus

WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE CAPO II chords: G, C, D Johnny Otis, Eric Clapton, George Thorogood , all did very memorable versions

The Seeds PUSHIN' TOO HARD CAPO II so you will play Am chord instead of Bm , and you will play G chord instead of A
***yeah it works with just TWO CHORDS.
You simply pull OFF of the Am chord and as you do, just slap your PINKY on the 3RD FRET of 1st String for ultra simple four string G chord.......(JUST REPEAT DOING THIS OVER AND OVER)

Melanie - LITTLE BIT OF ME CAPO II chords: D, C, G, Em

Melanie - BRAND NEW KEY CAPO I chords: C, G7, F
See youtube video
v=p02DgHeGdyI (that last letter is capital "eye" )

WAGON WHEEL(Capo II ) chords G, D, Em, C

Joe South WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES CAPO II chords G, A7, C, D7

Neil Young HEART OF GOLD chords: Em, C, D, G

Evie Sands ANY WAY THAT YOU WANT ME (1969) chords: G, Gm, Am7, Em, C, D, A
***For the Gm chord, just fret the first three strings at 3RD FRET using the top portion of your INDEX finger ( yeah its a partial Index finger barre, you can do it once)
You gotta only strum the first three strings that are held down, SKIP THE OTHER THREE FATTER STRINGS.
If you were to do the, one finger INDEX across the first four strings at 3RD FRET and play the first four strings, skipping the two fattest, That Would Be the Gm7 chord.
Now, if you were to just fret the first three strings at 3rd Fret using the Index finger's top portion, and then strum more than those three strings, you would get Dmaj7
or something like that, but heck give it a try and see how it goes.
Do you know why that you get a Gm7 chord if you do a one finger index finger chord across the first four strings at the 3RD FRET?
Well, It Is Because You Get Em7 WITH NO FINGERS when you strum the first four strings only, and not playing the two fattest strings.
Em7 with NO FINGERS (open)
Fm7 at 1st FRET
F#m7 at 2nd FRET
Gm7 at 3rd FRET
G#m7 at 4th FRET
Am7 at 5th FRET
A#m7 or Bbm7 at 6th FRET
Bm7 at 7th FRET
Cm7 at 8th FRET
C#m7 at 9th FRET
Dm7 at 10th FRET
D#m7 at 11th FRET
Em7 at 12th FRET
(****this shows you the IMPORTANCE of knowing the Guitar Alphabet, and that by law, ALL CHORDS THAT HAVE NO OPEN STRINGS, are Moveable!!!)
This means that any chord that has ALL OF THE STRINGS that you're strumming BEING HELD DOWN(fretted), or otherwise muting any strummed open strings so that no open strings sound out, IF THAT IS DONE, THEN THE CHORD IS Moveable.
***** I hope that this does register in your brain, because when it does, your practical chord knowledge grows exponentially.

BOB DYLAN Visions Of Johanna CAPO II chords to use G, C, D7, D --or--- No CAPO A, D, E7, E

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The Beatles HEY JUDE (CAPO III ) ***place your CAPO on 3rd Fret (so it gives you Key of F.......you know, so that the D chord you are playing will ring out, sound as F )
*****Hey, FORGET ABOUT the G/F# chord that is seen there, JUST SUBSTITUTE and Play the G chord , where you see it saying G/F#
** It probably works better and maybe sounds better when doing the G chord there anyway.
CAPO III chords: D, A, A7, G, D7, Em
HEY JUDE capo at 3rd Fret

The Beatles I'VE JUST SEEN A FACE (CAPO II ) chords: G, Em, C, D
I’ve just seen a face - The Beatles

John Denver TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS (CAPO II) chords: G, Em, D, C, F, D7


The Byrds, guitar chords and lyrics

Don McLean AMERICAN PIE chords: G, D, Em, Am, C, A

The Byrds MR. SPACEMAN chords: G, A7, D7, C, D, Am

Creedence Clearwater Revival I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE chords: G, Dm, A, Bm
As I have said before, Make your A chord using BIRD-INDEX-RING (2)(1)(3)
........the Dm chord is really EASY........just INDEX on 1st STRING at 1st Fret, BIRD on 3rd STRING at 2nd Fret, RING on 2nd STRING at 3rd Fret

.....the Bm chord is just INDEX on 1st STRING at 2nd Fret, BIRD on 2nd STRING at 3rd Fret, PINKY on 3rd STRING at 4th Fret, RING on 4th STRING at 4th Fret
and you don't play the two fattest strings.......so this is four string chord, and thus since all the strings are fretted/held down, guess what, It is Moveable.....

Meaning that chord shape that you've got there is MOVEABLE.....for example if you keep that same exact shape and move the whole thing one fret,
YOU'LL Get A#m or Bbm chord (same thing by two possible names) IF YOU move this shape towards the guitar headstock....(where INDEX on 1st string at 1ST Fret
BIRD on 2nd String at 2nd Fret, PINKY on 3rd string at 3rd Fret, RING on 4th string at 3rd Fret
YOU'LL Get Cm chord IF YOU move this shape towards the guitar body....(where INDEX on 1st string 3rd Fret, BIRD on 2nd String at 4th Fret, PINKY on 3rd String at 5th Fret, RING on 4th STRING at 5th Fret)
.........Heck, you probably don't realize it yet but hell, you can move the simple Dm chord shape too, as a 3 string moveable chord, same thing with the simple D7 chord shape, and the simple D chord.............
The simple F chord without a bar is a MOVEABLE SHAPE whether you play it as four string chord, or as five string chord, or as six string chord with the THUMB hanging over to capture and fret the fattest string (6th string) or at least mute it out.
Anyway I thought that this was worth mentioning although it isn't applicable here in GRAPEVINE.
Don't forget what you already know about the ability to use the super simple four string G ( and the four string G7 in other songs containing the G7)
IF THE SUPER SIMPLE fourstring Version ALLOWS YOU TO PLAY & MAKE A SWIFT CHORD TRANSITION, you gotta remember to just do it.
As the old saying goes, keep it simple baby, and rock on.
.......I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE chords: G, Dm, A, Bm (you gotta hear the near 10 minute original issue Creedence Clearwater Revival version of this song which was on the Cosmos Factory album in 1970) (horribly, because of time limitation constraints of the otherwise excellent 1976 greatest hit Compilation Double Album, Grapevine was edited to 3 min to fit on that 1976 hits Double Album. Certain hits cd reissues did restore the full song. Cosmo's Factory though in all forms, reel, 8 track, cassette, LP, and CD, do all have it as it was intended in full ten minute glory.
Gladys Knight & the Pips did an incredible smokin' version of GRAPEVINE too. Marvin Gaye's original is good but it just does not come close to the dynamite power of the Gladys' and Creedence's versions.


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Hey, I want to comment for a little bit on MOVEABLE CHORDS.
Hey, I learned to play long, long, long ago, via the unschooled, monkey see, monkey do, backwoods hillbilly methods, completely illiterate with respect to music theory or anything close to music reading.

The reason that ol' Vintage Schwinn likes the PINKY placement on the FIRST STRING at 3RD FRET for the several different chords I've previously mentioned:


***** YOU Instantly Get the simple four-string G chord there.

***** Adding YOUR PINKY there on FIRST STRING at 3RD FRET while making the A chord, MAKES it the "long version" A7 chord.

***** Adding YOUR PINKY there on FIRST STRING at 3RD FRET while making the Am chord MAKES it the "long version" Am7 chord.

*****Adding YOUR PINKY there on FIRST STRING at 3RD FRET while making the Fmaj7 chord MAKES it become the Fadd9 chord.

*****( "Now Why The Heck Is This Information SO VALUABLE ?? " ) ***
.........The REASON is Because NOW the "long version" A7 chord is a MOVEABLE fourstring chord form.
.....................and also NOW the "long version" Am7 chord becomes a MOVEABLE fourstring chord form too!!
..............................and also NOW you also have an easy to finger MOVEABLE Fadd9 chord to use as fourstring chord(JUST DON'T PLAY THE Two FAT strings!

Anyway, that is something that was told to me a million years ago from my fellow hillbilly pals, who I'd get to tune and check the tuning of my guitar. There were no electronic tuners in those days, you simply tuned it to whatever reference sound, like a pitch pipe, tuning fork, piano note, harmonica note, whatever, and then would tune the guitar strings relative to each other. When I was a beginner and even maybe beyond that, I wasn't too good at getting the tuning down, so I'd have much more experienced pals tune and check and fine tune my attempts. I learned a little bit, more like a ton of stuff from them, just asking them normal idiot type questions, and watching and asking how and why.

**** " Three STRING Moveable MINORS:
....INDEX Finger Barre ACROSS the first three strings gives Fm at 1st Fret, F#m at 2nd Fret, Gm at 3rd Fret, G#m at 4th Fret, Am at 5th Fret, you can do the rest

(****You Do Know That this is Because remember earlier I said that You Get Em7 chord FREE with No FINGERS by just strumming the first four strings only,
Well, If You ONLY STRUM THE FIRST THREE STRINGS ONLY then You Get Em chord FREE with No FINGERS! This is why!

Okay, You know also that doing INDEX Finger Barre Across the first four strings gives you Fm7 at 1st Fret, F#m7 at 2nd Fret, Gm7 at 3rd, G#m7 at 4th, Am7 at 5th....

**** The Dm chord also is a MOVEABLE three string chord form.

***************YOU ALSO HAVE a very simple three string version of Bm chord which is also MOVEABLE three string chord form.

Here is how to FINGER that very simple three string Bm chord if you don't know already:
INDEX on first String at 2nd Fret, BIRD on second string at 3rd Fret, RING on third string at 4th Fret (that is your very simple three string Bm chord, SKIP the 3 fat strings

%%%%........MOVEABLE 3 STRING MAJOR Chords:
You have obviously got both D7 and D which can be IF LIMITED TO Just 3 STRINGS getting played, SKIPPING(Don't Play) the 3 fattest strings.

You also have the Three String F chord which is made with a Partial INDEX finger barre covering and fretting at least the first two strings at 1st Fret and your BIRD finger goes on third string at 2nd Fret (This is the Three String F chord WHICH IS Moveable Chord Form IF YOU DON'T PLAY THE 3 FATTEST STRINGS!!!)

******************MOVEABLE 4 STRING MAJOR Chords:
Now if you followed exactly what you did to make the Three String F chord, just previously talked about, EXCEPT Barring your INDEX finger across the first four strings,
and playing it as a four string chord, you would get the F7 chord (MOVEABLE four string F7 chord form, instead of the Three String MOVEABLE F chord form)

*** Moveable 4 string F chord would be FINGERED with INDEX covering both strings one and two AT the 1st FRET, the BIRD on third string AT 2nd FRET and with the RING finger on fourth string AT 3RD FRET........................just don't play the two fattest strings.

***********Moveable 4 string Fadd9 chord, which to finger the Fadd9 chord MAKE THE Fmaj7 chord THEN ADD YOUR PINKY on at 3RD FRET of the first string

***********************************Moveable 4 string A7 chord (yeah, the long version of A7, which is just your A chord THEN ADD YOUR PINKY at 3RD FRET of first string

--------FOUR STRING Moveable 4 string MINOR Chords:

You've got the "long version" of Am7 chord, which is MOVEABLE(yeah the long version of Am7 is just your Am chord THEN ADD YOUR PINKY at 3RD FRET of first string

You've got the four string Bm chord, which is MOVEABLE
Bm is INDEX on first string AT 2nd FRET, BIRD on second string AT 3rd FRET, PINKY on third string AT 4th FRET, RING finger on fourth string AT 4th FRET

YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT the F chord is MOVEABLE as a 5 string chord with all the fingers aboard, but without needing a bar.
IF YOU CAN GET TO THAT POINT of doing the 5 string F chord with all the fingers aboard, without needing a bar,
you can probably learn to do it with all six strings by letting Your THUMB, Hang Over the neck and capture the FAT STRING...rockNroller style without a bar!

Finally here on this topic, HERE IS THE way Many RockNRollers "cheat" and MAKE the Simple Cowboy A chord MOVEABLE.
Yeah, just the old xx (2)(1)(3)x -OR- xx(1)(1)(1)x......................or whatever the heck finger you wanna employ there
********AS LONG AS THE skinnyest string is MUTED OUT(does not sound..), You are Golden....just SKIP THE TWO FAT STRINGS, and Mute the skinnyest string!
It works great because you can easily keep your fingers in that (2)(1)(3) grouping of BIRD-INDEX-RING and easily move it,
heck if you Throw Down the PINKY you get the A7....................so you can vary it up and it is super simple too.....ROCK N ROLL! yeah

For a simple EXAMPLE of how you might do exactly this, HERE IS AN OVERSIMPLIFIED version arrangement of the classic 1971 rockin' tune, STAY WITH ME:
(A) In the mornin don't say you love (B) me cause I'll on-(D)ly kick you out of the door (A).............I know your name is Rita cause your (B)perfume is smellin sweeter since (D) when I saw you down on the floor (A)....................You won't need to much persuadin' I don't (B)mean to sound degrading but with a
(D)face like that you've got nothin to laugh about (A)......................Red lips, hair and fingernails, I (B)hear you're a mean old jezebell lets (D)go upstairs and read my tarot (A) cards
(A) stay with me..........(B)stay with me........for tonight (D) you're gonna stay with me

(A)so in the morning , don't say you love (B) me cause you know(D)I'll only kick you out the door(A)......yeah I'll pay your cab fare home, you can eve(B)en use my best cologne just don't(D)be here in the morning when I wake up(A)

**************Yeah try that Ron Wood-Rod Stewart composition which was the big hit for Faces, as Rod kept most of the other great tunes for his simulatenously issued solo albums. In the fall of 1971 Maggie May and Rod's Every Picture Tells A Story album was #1 on the charts and the Faces album A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse was within the top ten with the big hit Stay With Me, on the charts at the same time as Maggie May...
Yeah, Give it a try JUST using the (2)(1)(3) A chord and then scootching that shape two frets, from 2nd fret where it is A, to the 4th fret where it becomes B....
THROW down the PINKY when you're on with B and it becomes B7 which sounds really cool, in place of B in this overly simplified arrangement of Stay With Me.
Heck it is just A , scootched two frets to B (maybe throw the PINKY down so it becomes B7) go to the cowboy D chord using this same finger bunching and use your PINKY......(meaning make your D chord with BIRD on 3rd STRING at 2ND FRET, RING finger on 1st STRING at 2ND FRET, PINKY on 2nd STRING at 3RD FRET)
....rock on.
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LINDA RONSTADT - LOVE IS A ROSE chords: C, F, G (yeah, it is a Neil Young composition, but it was an unreleased Neil Young song at the time LINDA released it)

***see if you can play this one, just doing Fmaj7 or trying to get the F, or using the Fmaj7 or the Fadd9 and then muting the skinny first string to get the F

NEIL YOUNG - COWGIRL IN THE SAND (1969) chords are probably Am, F, C, Dm, Em, Em7........try using the Fmaj7 and the Fadd9 too, see how it does, Remember that Hillbilly C with PINKY on firststring 3rd Fret will instantly transition to the simple four string G chord and transition to the Fadd9 chord easier too.
***Your PINKY functions as the common anchor point.
**************Hey don't be a dummy, do see and realize that beginners or anybody that wants to, CAN USE the NO FINGERS Em7(four strings) or no fingers Em(3 strings)
where the chords in the song go:
It will allow you to change chords easily and swiftly enough to play it perfectly.
REMEMBER TO KEEP IT SIMPLE, heck ol' Neil was fairly caveman basic in his playing ability compared to the very talented Stills and Crosby....Nash was probably way better too, but you know ol' Neil did do alot with a little , certainly producing more than a few, very interesting, great memorable tunes.

you get to learn and use Cmaj7 chord (DON'T FREAK OUT because the Cmaj7 is just your C chord WITH THE Index Finger LIFTED OFF.,,,so easy enough.)
you also get to learn and use Bm chord (DON'T FREAK OUT because you don't need no stinkin bar to make the Bm chord)
*****You can even use the super simple Three String Bm chord that sort of looks like the finger shape of the Fmaj7 chord.
............super-simple 3 string Bm chord is the INDEX on first string AT 2nd FRET, the BIRD on second string AT 3rd FRET, the RING on third string AT 4th FRET
and Skip the Three Fattest Strings

Here is the 4 string Bm chord, INDEX on first string AT 2nd FRET, BIRD on second string AT 3rd FRET, PINKY on third string at 4th FRET, the RING on fourth string AT 4th FRET and you Skip the Two Fattest Strings.
You don't need a barre to make the Bm chord.


Hey that Bm D that ends two lines in one of those arrangements above of Down By The River, could be simplified and made easier without any problem....skip whatcha can't do, or look at both arrangement examples and then comingle them into something you can.
The Cmaj7 Bm that ends two lines and immediately goes back to Cmaj7......................maybe skip the Bm, since it immediately returns to Cmaj7........or just remove barely from the Cmaj7 so you substitute a NO FINGER Em7 in there , or just substitute a kind of muted strum while staying only on the Cmaj7.
Most anything should work out okay there. Try to keep it simple. I did purposely include these three songs LOVE IS A ROSE, ...COWGIRL..., & DOWN BY THE RIVER, to allow you to try and see if you can get at least parts of these songs. I know that they might not be Easy Beginner songs that you might want, but if you analyze how you can efficiently make your chords and chord fingering possibilities to make the necessary chord transitions, well, you might realize that you can actually play most if not all of these three songs.
My appologies to everybody looking and reading all this, as because Vintage Schwinn is an old fossil, it seems that the songs that I have selected are all a million years old too.
Keep it simple. YOUTUBE , your local Library has several How To books that you can check out and borrow. Some you might find impossible to understand but hey, anything that you can take away with just a small nugget of knowledge, such as different ways or new different chord shapes or whatever. Don't necessarily try to just study only one book like you would a textbook, because that won't work UNLESS you studied Music in school. Just check out as many as you can and browse through and see if anything helps you learn anything else....... Try to soak up knowledge from wherever. Do whatcha can do and try to build off of that. Playing anything, no matter how simple or stripped down basic that it might be, it will jumpstart you to being able to play a heckuva lot more.
I"ll probably come up with more possibly useful, simple enough to play classic-golden oldies, that yall might find fun to play, if the folks reading and moderator folks don't get too tired of , or bored with these postings.
Have fun!
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