Understanding and utilizing movable chord shapes is a must for any well-rounded banjo player. In this lesson you’ll learn the basic concepts behind movable chord shapes and then we’ll put those ideas to work with a few playing exercises. Any closed chord shape is movable.
A chord is considered closed if no open strings are involved. The first three chords in our chord alphabet are closed chords.
Notice what happens when we move all of these shapes two frets up the neck:
Closed shapes will travel up and down the neck by way of the musical alphabet! This time let’s move everything up one more fret:
Now two more frets:
You get the idea? Alright.
So far we’ve only studied “natural” chords (no sharps or flats in the name). So how do we name the chords we’ve been ignoring?
Your Assignment for the Day Spend about ten minutes moving various closedchord shapes up and down the neck while naming the new chords that result.
Don’t just stick to the natural chords. Make sure to name some sharp and flat chords, too. Spend twenty minutes with the movable shape studies. As always, if you get through them in less than twenty minutes start over at the beginning.
*note: When playing through the movable chord studies, use the back of your finger to strum these chords. Avoid using your thumb. Tomorrow we’ll expand our movable chord studies by studying partial chords and chord clusters.
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