E Chord Form +1 • F Type Chords
F type chords include Fm, Fm7, F7, FMaj7, F6.
And some common fragments.
In the E form session, we learned to bar with our index. In this session series, we will work with the A Form, which has the 3 (or 4) finger barring. Like all of the forms, it is also commonly broken down into other usable pieces.
To get into the shape, we can play the A chord in the way it will be moved: lay the index over the nut, with the tip on string 5. Then bar the 2 fret with the 3 finger [pinky can work too]. We don't have to do this, but it helps us see/feel/know the shape that is movable.
Once we get into a shape, it can be shifted to every position. 12 things, for knowing 1 thing, is good mileage.
When moved, the bar part of this shape can pose a challenge [typically with 3 finger, but the pinky can work]. If challenging, we should keep working at it, even when there are 'bar-less' ways to play this form [see mods/breakdowns below].
We often see this chord in other sources with the high E open on the A chord, and this is fine and can be included. Yet, the inside 4 strings do ring in a particularly resonant way, which sounds good and is slightly easier, on the fly. Also, when it's moved, that same tone on the 1 string [the 5th of the chord] can be included under a bar fretted by the 1, and the 'previously barred' tones would then be fretted with the 2-3-4 fingers on the 4-3-2 strings [not really that easy].
Before we take a look at some basic voicings for each of the chords at the nut, let's take a look at the some big pictures. It is good to notice the shared borders. Take a look at the G and A forms. We can clearly see that they share a 3 string bar on strings 4, 3, and 2. As with pentatonics, borders are where forms share common tones.
Now, we mix. If we were to play these notes in order from Middle E to High G, we are stepping up the scale. When they are all naturals, we are in the scale of C Major [the 'upper half']. Stepping is playing the next available line or space up or down from the note we are playing.