#1
So I've been putting off practicing/learning bar chords for the duration of my time playing (not smart), going so far as to completely put off forming the complete chord and replacing the barred part with rolling.
So how would you guys, in terms of finger placement (ie finger names) form this?
Yes I know this is a dumb question and I probably answered it myself at the bottom but I really would like some reassurance

e-1
B-1
G-2
D-3
A-0
E-0

Yes I know there are much crazier shapes that make this look like nothing - but i find that I learn best when taking baby steps...

If the proper way is to use bar the first fret with my pointer, then how do I get rid of how uncomfortable it is? Besides practice!
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#2
You'd only have to barre the first two strings at the first fret with your index finger. Then middle finger on G and ring finger on D. Or you could even play that with no barre.
#3
Practice, they will take a week tops to learn the basic shapes and get a strong enough barre. Once you get them, you cant un-get them, like riding a bike.
#4
I assume your trying to play a F in which case dont play the e and a strings. How is it uncomfortable?
#5
It's just the weird strain on my finger when barring... Which I assume will be fixed with practice.

Anyway thanks for the help, I will keep all of your answers in mind!
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#6
You can also follow Spud's foolproof method for nailing barre chords. Here you go, ready?:

- Picture your left index finger as an indestructible titanium bar that had been machined to the finest tolerances known to man, both massively strong and perfectly straight.

- Imagine your left hand as being the vice grip of god himself, sent down from Mount Sinai to clamp down on Satan's six strings.

- Consider your guitar as King Arthur's sword, drawn from the stone for the sole purpose of providing an immovable base on which to clamp down on Satan.

- Apply said index finger to the fretboard.

- Practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice.
#7
Hahahahahah I love it spud spudly

Thanks for all your answers everyone!!!
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#8
Also, the first fret is the hardest to barre. Practice on maybe the third fret first and then move up later.
#9
Try pinching the guitar neck between thumb and a straight index finger. Rotate grip so index finger is pushing straight down, not on side of your finger. Use end of thumb, not all of it. This two finger grip should give clear notes on all strings, any fret, without undue pressure. Keep fingernails short.
Roll the other three fingers up and over fretboard so the come straight down on the other strings. When I play, only thumb, index, and fingertips touch the neck. Palm of the hand and proximal ends of fingers aren't touching the neck. Good luck.
Last edited by Guitbuilder at Jul 19, 2011,
#10
Quote by Spud Spudly
You can also follow Spud's foolproof method for nailing barre chords. Here you go, ready?:

- Picture your left index finger as an indestructible titanium bar that had been machined to the finest tolerances known to man, both massively strong and perfectly straight.

- Imagine your left hand as being the vice grip of god himself, sent down from Mount Sinai to clamp down on Satan's six strings.

- Consider your guitar as King Arthur's sword, drawn from the stone for the sole purpose of providing an immovable base on which to clamp down on Satan.

- Apply said index finger to the fretboard.

- Practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice.



Barre chords shouldn't be a nuclear event, they're simple as hell to do, most people just apply way too much pressure without positioning their finger intelligently to get a nice barre with the least effort.

Don't always try to get a good sounding barre, you should have enough control over your fretting hand finger to transition from a shit sound to a good sound without much effort.

How do you do that? Play a barre with your index finger only and buzz the notes on purpose. Find the difference in pressure between buzzing and getting some nice clean notes, adjusting your finger placement as appropriate to find the best form.


You'll be so surprised how little pressure you need to actually barre. You'll save yourself from frustration and muscle fatigue.


You NEVER need to apply much pressure to playing guitar at all. The ideology that pressing as hard as you can and playing through pain is a one way ticket to giving yourself injuries and the worst technique possible.
#11
or will be fixed by getting your guitar set-up.

Quote by Schrute57
It's just the weird strain on my finger when barring... Which I assume will be fixed with practice.

Anyway thanks for the help, I will keep all of your answers in mind!
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#12
its a F chord but it's kinda known to be a pain to learn...and there are other variations to play if you really dont like it-buts its a good one to know.
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#13
Quote by millie&mavis
its a F chord but it's kinda known to be a pain to learn...and there are other variations to play if you really dont like it-buts its a good one to know.



Fmajor7 really, if TS lets the E ring out. What the TS wrote up there is easier to play than the full barre F chord.