#1
This isn't a "how to do barre chords" question. I can do E shaped and A shaped and i'm practicing the transition between them. My guitar's pretty bad (action @ 12 fret is about 5.2mm, but hey it cost $70 xD) and i'm getting a casino next week, but before i do, i wanna get this transition down..
Anyway so how do YOU play barre chords?

Do you use your thumb to squeeze, or do you sorf of push the guitar towards you with your index finger? I'm asking because i do the squeezing method, and it's not working out so well because the muscle gets fatigued. Thxxx
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And i was like: "What's gopher wood?"
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#2
I use my thumb, and at first it will become fatigued. you have to practice. In my schools jazzband, we played an arrangement of norweigan wood, and it was constant F, so my thumb hurt to all shit afterward. My advice is to practice, but dont use them for a long period of time, that, or get a thinner necked guitar/lighter gauge strings. But the main thing, practice
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#3
just practice and stop bothering about progress. Squeezing with the thumb works for me. My guitar is terribly set too(action more than 5 mm at 12th) but it doesn't make a ton of a difference when you master it.
#4
Im looking for pics on google but cant find some proper ones

Wrong:


Better, but not the best angle to understand


Your thumb has to be perpendicular on the neck, and as low as possible to apply the most of the force in order to get all strings to sound clean.
#5
Hehe, so i'm guessing you all use your thumbs to squeeze. Alrighty, i guess i'll just persevere.
G(g)od was like: "Make you an ark of gopher wood; rooms shall you make in the ark, and shall pitch it within and without with pitch."

And i was like: "What's gopher wood?"
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#6
Just keep on practicing and whenever you feel your thumb hurts, give yourself a break. eventually you'll be able to play it good.
#7
When i'm doing an E-barre chord, I tend to squeeze with the inside Edge of my thumb, while with A-barre chords, i normally squeeze with the Pad of my thumb (Look at the above images. The first one is what I do for E-barre chords. The second is what i do with A-barre chords.) This slight difference in technique can do wonders. Also, for E minor barre chords, try stacking your middle finger on top of your index for extra support.

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