(for more details and COMPLETE breackdown watch the barre chords video lesson)
Part 1: Posture while playing guitar
- Guitar neck angle
- Straight back
- Fretting arm elbow close the body
- Fretting hand wrist dropped
- Fretting hand shoulder tension-free/not raised
Part 2: Fretting hand position to prevent pain
- Thumb should stay between the 1st and 2nd fingers
- Thumb knuckle is locked out, making it straight and not bent
- Touch the guitar neck with the side of your thumb. Not the actual center of the thumb.
Part 3: Fretting hand wrist position to prevent injury
- Don't allow the thumb to pop over the guitar neck. Thumb and wrist are closely related
- Keep your wrist low & as straight as possible
- Use only as much strength as needed to generate a clean sound. Don't over squeeze.
Part 4: Fretting hand fingers to nail the perfect sound
- Play right behind the frets. This will ensure the strongest grip & avoid unwanted fret noise
- Press with the boney part of your index finger
- Middle finger's knuckle should be always curled up and never flat.
Part 5: Mastering barre chords
- Pull from your arm. Use your whole arm to leverage strength and produce a good sound
- Thumb acts only as a support and is not supposed to squeeze
- Pull from your arm and counter pull with the picking hand elbow
- For minor barre chords use the middle finger as a support to the index finger by placing it over the index and squeezing them together.
- If you are still witnessing any kind of pain and or buzzing try out the classical position by placing your guitar on your left leg.