Shape Connect • Track 2.2
E-B7, E-E7, Am-Bm, C-C7, C-G7, F-D, D-Dm, & A-A7. Part 1 of Track Two has the starter group…G-Cadd9-D-Em. The map above is clickable.
This video player has all of the changes in 2.2, in order.
E to B7
Criss-cross the 1 & 3 fingers, on the inside 2 strings.
This is a Lift & Land with an Add/Sub. The tip of the 2 finger can mute the 6 string on the B7, but the 6 string can also be muted with the thumb as well [or double muted with the tip of the 2]. The thumb over the top can be challenging, so start with the 2 finger.
The 1 and 3 fingers ‘criss-cross’.The pinky is toggling on and off and can be added to the B7 chord later in the measure if needed [maybe beat 2]. Just don’t let the fretting stop the motor. Add it later.
E to E7
This is super simple Add/Sub. The 3 finger is toggling on and off. Be sure to try the alternate fingering.
Am to Bm
We have 2 fingerings for the change. For the first, we are using the 3-4-2 fingers for Am, as they will appear in Bm. We add the 1 after guiding the block up. On the & of beat 4, we release the pressure to a touch [mute], but don’t let go of the strings. Stay on the tracks while you shift. Press the chord on the downbeat of 1.
For the fingerings in tab and first video, we have fretted the Am so it can shift easily into the B minor. We don’t have to play Am like this, yet it shows us exactly how a shape can move up the board [to create all a version from all other roots]. The normal fingering for Am [231 fingers for 221 frets on 432 strings], can also just be moved up 2 frets to Bm, but we would probably want to mute the open 5 string, or we get Bm/A [slash chord = Bm chord with A in the bass]. This is a sweet sounding chord, but typically doesn’t fit for songs needing Bm.
For the Bm, we use the tip of the index to mute the low 6. And, even though our index is in the shape of a bar, we don’t have to press the 1 string at the 2 fret [as you may see in other sources]. We can press the 2 fret on the 1 string. If we do bar like this, we don’t have to press all of the strings [5 through 1 strings]. We use the tip of the 1 finger for the 5 string, 2 fret and our index is ‘curled’ to press the 1 string, 2nd fret with the middle knuckle of the index. Whew!
And one more…we could bar the 2 fret which could include the F# on string 6. I’m not a fan, but it isn’t uncommon.
C to C7
This is another super simple Add/Sub. The 4 finger is toggling on and off the 3rd string.
Good pinky exercise. Work the motion from the base knuckle.
C to G7
This is a Lift/Land. The fingering is expanding and contracting. The 1 finger can land after the 3-2 block has landed; maybe on beat 2. We should ideally practice it as lifting and landing, all together.
This is another sweet sounding G7 sound.
This is similar to C-C7 in that we are adding the pinky in the same relative location to the 3 & 2 fingers.
F to D
This is a Lift/Land. All 3 fingers are lifting together and landing together.
Take your time with this change. Use slow motion to program the transition.
Take Away the Strum
This is a good change to take away the strum and focus on fretting. In this video, we are taking feeling pictures & using slow motion to train the switch.
D to Dm
This is a Lift/Land. The 3 finger is staying, while the 2 and 1 fingers ‘criss-cross’.
For using the pinky: the 3 fret, string 2 [fretted with 3 finger] can also be fretted with the pinky. This will make this a full lift/land, with no staying fingers.
A to A7
This is a Lift/Land, with options.
This finger is in the first video. The 3 finger is staying, while the 2 finger moves up a level [up a string]. For either fingering of A7, we can add the 3 fret, string 1, and it will still be A7.