#1
Okay, so I haven't been playing for very long, and I'm now working on some barre chords. Specifically, I'm working on playing Creep by Radiohead. Anyways, what is the best way to position your index finger while playing a barre? If anyone has any tips or suggestions, I would appreciate it.

Right now, it's kind of difficult for me to get a good, clean tone, but I assume that with more and more practice, my fingers will strengthen up a bit and I'll get a cleaner sound.
#2
correct....your fingers are just not strong enough yet. Just practice till they hurt lol.
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#3
practice till it hurts. take a break. do it again.

stretching your finger and hand will help a bit. and when your hand is in pain, stretch it out. it's hard, but you'll reap the benefits later on in your playing career.
#4
You can also position your index finger on the bottom strings and place your thumb on the top string.
#5
position your thumb near the bottom of the neck and push hard or just enough so that your index is pressing on the strings so you can get a clean tone.
#6
Just remember, you don't need to maintain even pressure on your index finger if you're using your other 2/3 fingers to fret strings!

/e: Not sure if that made sense, its 6am.. in other words.. you don't need to always fret an entire fret length with your index finger (which can be tiresome with an acoustic!)
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#7
When I was little, my dad used to take a pencil to the back of my index finger to help me learn barre chords. Worked for me.
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#8
Quote by Chad48309
When I was little, my dad used to take a pencil to the back of my index finger to help me learn barre chords. Worked for me.


Did you mean "tape" a pencil...If so, I can see that working actually.
#9
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Did you mean "tape" a pencil...If so, I can see that working actually.

Yes. It took me ten minutes to write that with Old Grandad Whiskey coursing through my veins, so forgive the typo.
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#10
Wouldn't work so well on a Fender electric neck with it's radius but maybe it would work on acoustic.. I don't see how it helps though apart from not having to hold your finger straight yourself..

And whoever said put your thumb over the top on the lower strings.. I completely disagree.. That just makes it even harder to get the pressure on your index finger as you have nothing to push against..

The most efficient technique IMO would be to have your thumb in the center of the neck to give you extra leverage to pull your index finger inwards by pulling it in with your thumb rather than having to push your index finger under its own strength.. That's how I usually do it unless it's some crazy stretchy chord and I can't keep my hand in that position.

Mostly it's practise and strength.. Just play simple barre chord patterns as excercises and making sure every note rings clearly and eventually you'll get better and better until it's simple.
#11
only other suggestion i would make is practice on 5 fret or higher as it takes more strength to barre the closer to the nut you are.