#1
I had a few questions about the C-shape barre chord.

1) In your experience, how useful is this chord? I know John Frusciante uses it a lot, which is almost enough endorsement right there, but in general is this a useful thing to have in your arsenal?

2) How do usually put it to use? Unlike E- and A-shape barres, it's got a very inconsistent set of variants. I can easily finger a Cmaj7 barre, but C7 seems like it'd require an extra finger, and C minor seems about as impractical as the open chord Cm would be (I know it's possible, but it seems like a pain).

I'm learning the chord anyway just because I love to learn weird chords, but I'm wondering if I should make a priority out of this one or just treat it like a novelty to noodle around with every once in a while.

Also, which variations DO you know? I can easily play C and Cmaj7 like I said, and Cadd9 is fairly doable as well. Any other C-shape barres you find comfortable and effective?

Thanks!
#2
I think it's pretty useful, I usually like to use it with the added E string bass when transitioning.
Even something simple like
E |--7--6----|--5--4----|--3--2----|--1--2----||
B |--7--7----|--5--5----|--3--3----|--2--2----||
G |--8--6----|--6--4----|--4--2----|--1--3----||
D |--9--8----|--7--6----|--5--4----|--3--4----||
A |--9--9----|--7--7----|--5--5----|--4--4----||
E |--7--6----|--5--4----|--3--2----|--1--2----||


sounds pretty nice and it's easy to write a simple song or riff like that. And you'll be using that shape for arpeggios and lots of other stuff too.
#4
probably not as handy as some of the others unless you're needing something specific to match in easily with other chords in a song.

as you said, c major 7 and c add 9 shapes aren't too bad.

i'm a lazy git, though. for me the best chord is the easiest to finger one.
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#5
I haven't seen a need for it, and can get by without it, but still use it when I can, just so my hands are able to play it easily. So, I'll often throw it in when I can, because I "want" to. I find it a good shape, especially if I want to hammer on those notes on the D and G strings, and for various other applications. Makes you more well-rounded, and less needy of a capo if you don't happen to have one, or just don't want to rely on them so much.
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