Beyond Bar Chords

Moveable shapes that most people don't know. Don't be most people.

Movabel chords are cool.  With one simple shape we can move all over the neck.  Most of us are familiar with the usual suspects, but bar chords (yup, that's how I spell it) and powerchords only scratch the surface.  In this post we are going to explore the oft forgotten G2 shape and I think you'll be surprised how versatile this it can really be.

First of all, here is what we are working with.  Take special note that the A and high E strings are muted.  This is important for all the places we are going to move it but it doesn't mean we can't open them up in other positions.

Now let's start moving it around.

Now using the same fingering start adding your pinky to create more voicings.

Suddenly you can fly all over the neck.  Once you've played around with them, see them in action here:




What are some of your favorite shapes to move around?


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Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for

Beyond Bar Chords

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Thanks you for this

Thanks you for this information and a nice music!!!!!!
god bless you !!

You're very welcome.

More of these type of posts on the way.


amazing... it helped me out a whole lot

So glad

More like this post on the way.

Love it

I can't say how much I like this stuff. Many times as a worship artist you are called to under score a prayer this is the type of stuff that can help you make it though that prayer without taking everyone out of it. As in making them plug their ears due to boredom or the like.


i love the sound of it

Love it!

Thank you so much!
Just a few chords and it opens a whole new door for creativity!
God bless you!

That's really cool!

I have been trying to learn movable chord shapes for a long time now. This is really helpful! My favorite shape to move around is one Chris Llewellyn from Rend Collective uses often, the third shape. With your 1st and 2nd fingers you make a C2 shape and then use your 4th finger to press down the G string two frets away. Then slide up and down the neck!