How to play Barre Chords on Guitar

See below a full video and writeup showing how to play every E and A share barre chord on guitar. These are the most common barre chord shapes used in intermediate level songs.

This video is made in support of my new Intermediate Guitar Course. Learn more about that here.


Here is a recap of the Root 6 barre chord shapes for major and minor barre chords. These are commonly referred to as  E major shape or E minor shape barre chords, as they are these shapes but moved higher up the neck. 

​E major shape barre chord

E minor shape barre chord

String 6 root notes

This diagram shows all the note names on string 6 of the guitar neck. When playing either of the shapes above, 

The blue colour indicates the sharp notes, shown by the # symbol e.g. F sharp is written F#.

Every sharp note can also be called a flat too e.g. F# is the same as Gb (G flat) because in music these are enharmonic equivalents (same note that can have different names!)

Whether a note is called a sharp or a flat depends entirely on the key it is in, which we will look at in the jamming section of this course.

Here is a recap of the Root 5 barre chord shapes for major and minor barre chords. These are commonly referred to as A major shape or A minor shape barre chords, as they are these shapes but moved higher up the neck. 

A major shape barre chord

A minor shape barre chord

String 5 root notes

Same concept as the previous lesson, here are all the note names on string 5, which will enable you to play any major or minor chord with your A shape barre chords!


This lesson was created in support of my new Intermediate Guitar Course. Learn more about that here.