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For those struggling with barre chords.
« on: January 15, 2021, 08:00:15 am »
I’ve been visiting this channel for a little while since someone on here pointed Nate out, it’s a very good channel still in its infancy so doesn’t have many subscribers yet. It’s looking like it could be similar to my friend’s channel that teaches Ukulele - I really hope it does!
This is one of their videos that I think is really good, some of it is obvious to the more experienced players but beginners not so. It’s worth watching regardless of your level, I found it both interesting and useful.
I have no connection with the channel apart from being a subscriber, that’s purely on merit.



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Re: For those struggling with barre chords.
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2021, 08:52:58 am »
Thanks for sharing.

I'm slowly getting there with the barre chords and some of the tips from the video will help. My biggest issue is my first finger placement.

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Re: For those struggling with barre chords.
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2021, 11:09:15 am »
Looks like very suitable lessons for my stage. I can do most of the common Barr chords now, but the quality is not there yet. Needs some practical tips to perfect this critical skill. Thanks for recommendation.


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Re: For those struggling with barre chords.
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2021, 10:01:17 pm »
Great video, I need all the help I can get. Thanks Darrell.

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Re: For those struggling with barre chords.
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2021, 10:46:33 am »
Good tips, nice share Darrell.  8)
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Re: For those struggling with barre chords.
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2021, 03:51:15 pm »
I've been playing barre chords for years, but I learned a great tip I've never seen, by accident.  It's worth mentioning the "accident" because I was getting frustrated with a particular chord and just squeezed a lot harder, and tore a ligament in my left thumb.  Ouch, and I couldn't use it at all.  So learn from my mistake and don't do that.  So that thumb ligament injury meant I couldn't use my thumb or squeeze the neck at all, for a couple of months.  Creating some frustration from not being able to play.  But now the tip.

What I learned, is that one can play a lot of stuff without using the thumb or even with the thumb touching the neck (I know, it's not what guitar teachers tell you to do).  You'll obviously have to touch the neck for things like grips where you use your thumb over the neck, but you still don't have to squeeze the neck.  The way to apply pressure to the strings with your fingers without using your thumb or squeezing the neck, is to use your right arm to press the guitar body so it forces the neck to move towards your fingers, using your body to lever the guitar.   Obviously once you release the pressure from your fingers you'll also have to coordinate releasing the pressure from your right arm pressing the guitar body, but often chord changes involve leaving one or more fingers so avoiding the coordinated adjustment. The key thing about this tip, is you can use a combination of right arm levering with left hand squeezing to get the necessary pressure.  

So give it a try, as I think you'll find it useful to get those barre chords down quicker until you build your left hand squeezing strength.  :)

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Re: For those struggling with barre chords.
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2021, 04:19:16 pm »
JustDan

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Hope the thumb is back in good shape now !

What you said reminded me of a post many years ago, in the old Dreaded F Chord lessons when the E shape barre was first introduced. The outcome was the same using your body as a pivot, use the strumming hand forearm to pull the body back, thereby increasing the neck pressure on the fretted fingers. Can't remember who put it up, as it was one of the old timers, when I was a newbie, Shadow rings a bell for some reason. But it certainly worked, so yes good tip.

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Re: For those struggling with barre chords.
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2021, 08:37:23 pm »
Justin mentions that in one of the videos too I’m sure
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