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Old 11-25-2012, 07:40 AM   #1
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Question about barr chords

Do I have to press every string down hard with the index finger? It seems my hands too skinny or something like the middle strings i cant ever press down hard enogh cause those bones are like hitting the frtboard ....
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:16 AM   #2
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If you want to barre all 6 strings, you'll have to press them all down - it comes with practice. If you can't do them yet, keep practicing. Then practice some more for the next few months/years. One day you'll realise you're playing them without even thinking about it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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Well, for normal bar chords you only need to bar the top and two bottom strings, and 3 bottom for minors when you're on the low E. However, it can be useful to be able to barre them all

The exact way to do them varies slightly individually but bar close to the fret and try different positions/slightly different angles (many players need to use the side of the finger where there's more meat) to find the best one for you. It will take a lot of practice until you get them consistent. Good luck

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:41 AM   #4
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That's "barre", BTW. The index must needs only fret the strings that are not being played by the other fingers, but there are positions that require all strings be depressed.

I always give the same advice to people struggling with barre chords; have your guitar set-up.
If the action is too high, especially the action at the nut, barre chords can be a bear.
Quick way to check....Apply a capo. If it's suddenly easier to form the chords, you need an action adjustment.

Other than that....Play each note in the chord separately to see which strings are dead or ringing when they shouldn't be. Then you can make minor changes in your grip to compensate.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:07 PM   #5
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Theres's less pressure involved than you think. It's all in the technique.
I made a YouTube video a couple of years ago that might help you.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:43 PM   #6
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Do I have to press every string down hard with the index finger? It seems my hands too skinny or something like the middle strings i cant ever press down hard enogh cause those bones are like hitting the frtboard ....

Short answer -
Yes

Long answer -
Yes and no. As you play more, your hands will get stronger and more dextrous. You'll find those chords getting easier and you'll be less tense when you fret them. It's a matter of time and practice, like everything else.

Dull pain and soreness is generally alright, but if you start feeling sharp pains or pains lingering for more than an hour or two, then put the guitar down and take a break. especially in colder weather, it's easy for tension to set in. I like to wash my hands in warm water before and after longer practice sessions to help loosen them up.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:15 PM   #7
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Well, I'm able to hold all the strings down now, but it's almost impossible for me to reach the other fret. I'm just trying to do a C hord, barr the first 5 of 3rd fret, then strings 2 3 4 of the 5th fret it, my index is slanted across the 3rd fret and I got the ring and pinky on the first 2 but I just cant seem to get the middle finger all the way this is so hard lol

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/index.php?ch=C&mm=&v=2

it's the 3rd variation there

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Old 11-26-2012, 07:36 PM   #8
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When you are playing a C barre chord like in your link, just use 2 fingers to play that chord. Barre the root and the strings below it with your index finger as you are doing, then just use your ring finger to barre down the 3 strings further down the neck for the rest of the chord. You'll never reach far enough with your middle finger to be able to use an individual finger for each string over there.
This pic is what I'm talking about. He's on a different position than you but the idea is the exact same. http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/image...ge2m-640-80.jpg

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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Dude thanks, I was able to do it now geez, I knew something had to be wrong cause that stretch seemed way too far lol
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