What is it that we mean when considering a figure? We are referring to the positioning of the fingers in different frets to create chords. The figures can be used on different positions along the fretboard to form other chords. All of the figures move in sequence and there is a specific pattern which we will be exploring in this occasion and in many to come. This may seem like something simple, but it is fundamental for searching for chords, improvising and developing yourself as a Cuatrista.
G Major Chord
Let us analyze the positioning of the fingers for the G Major chord in it’s first position. If we were to move this chord down the fretboard by the 2 frets or 1 tone:
The Figure of G Major
A Major Chord 2nd Position
The resulting note being played would be A Major in it’s second position. Similarly if we were to move the figure of the G Major chord yet another 2 frets down the fretboard where the bar is marking the 4th fret, then this would result in the B Major Chord in it’s 2nd position.
B Major Chord 2nd Position
This very same concept can be used moving all the way down the fretboard. Why is this useful to know, well if you are playing and looking for a specific chord without wanting to switch the key of the song, then you can find the chords depending on your position in the fretboard. Take a look at the illustration below to match the theory with the finding these major chords on the Cuatro.