Movable Chords (cont.) Partial Chords & Chord Clusters
At this point we’ve seen how movable chords function and we’ve spent a little bit of time moving individual closed chord shapes around.
As you probably noticed while practicing the movable shape studies, it is sometimes a bit inconvenient to move a single chord shape all the way up and down the neck.This is where
come in to play. chord clusters
With clusters, we use
of the “master” shapes at the same time. all three the three “master” shapes together allows us to remain in the same general area of the fretboard throughout an entire song or chord pattern. Clustering
As an example, take a look at the following studies:
The Six Stage Movable Chord Practice Regimen
By combining the three cluster studies above with the three movable shape studies from yesterday’s lesson we arrive at a six stage process for practicing our chord shapes.
I call this six step process
The Six Stage Movable Chord Practice Regimen.
Your Assignment for the Day – Part 1
Practice your movable chord exercises in the following order (the six stage practice regimen):
Do this for at least fifteen minutes. As always, if you reach the end of the exercise in less than fifteen minutes, go back to the beginning and start again.
Now for some news that a lot of you will probably be happy to hear:
Clawhammer players rarely play these full, four-fingered chord shapes in their entirety. The clawhammer style lends itself much more to an open chord or a
approach. partial chord What’s a partial chord?
A partial chord is exactly what the name implies…a part of a whole chord.
For our purposes, we will be taking the four-finger chord shapes we’ve studied so far and breaking them down into partial, two-finger shapes:
Can you see how these two-finger shapes are just deconstructed versions of the three “master” shapes? Shape #1:
...and so on… Shape#3:
Terminology: String Sets
You may have noticed that the partial chord diagram’s title mentions the
“First String Set”. Let me give a quick explanation in case you’re not clear on what a is. string set
Every adjacent pair of strings can be considered a
So, strings one and two make up the
…strings two and three make up the 1st string set ….and strings three and four make up the 2nd string set . 3rd string set
Your Assignment for the Day – Part 2
Well, that’s more than enough for today. Tomorrow we’ll be getting into some right hand technique with an exploration of
and knockdown techniques. drop thumbing