#1
I have an issue when playing bar chords for an extended period of time the webbing in between my thumb and index finger starts to cramp up like a mutha.

I've noticed that I press my thumb against the neck of the guitar prett hard. Did I perhaps learn the wrong way to do bar chords or is there any techniques that are a little easier on the hand for when your playing a song thats pure bar chords?

Thanks.
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#2
barre*

you can either press your thumb up against the back of the neck, keeping your thumb tense, and you can kind of fold it around the neck. personally, i do both depending what kind of thing i'm playing, but i think it might be more back on personal preference. after a while, i guess you'll get used to it.
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#3
The only way is more practice and your hand will eventually start to develop stamina. The answer to almost every guitar-related question is this: DO IT AGAIN
#4
Keep holding your thumb there, you just got to build up strength in your hand. Think of it as a workout for your hands. After awhile, you're hands will grow used to it.
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#5
Twist your hand so that you are using the bone of your index, not the flesh, and tense up your thumb agianst the neck.
#6
Everyone starts out with discomfort when it comes to barre chords, just practice and don't over-do it.