Do your hands HURT after playing barre (bar) chords on your guitar? They do not have to!
In this lesson, I share with you 20 complete tips on how to easily play Barre (bar) chords while doing so pain and buzzing free.
► Don't you want your barre chords to feel way much easier?
► Don't you want to play barre chords without any tension and without squeezing so much on your wrist or your thumb?
► Don't you want to play your barre chords without any annoying buzzing sound coming out?
If you want to attain any of the things mentioned above no matter your skill level (yes, even some advanced players have a hard time playing barre chords consistently well over longer periods), then this lesson is for you!
Treat this lesson as an open buffet. Meaning, you take whatever you want from this lesson and you try it out. if it works, great. if it doesn't, you come back to the lesson and take other tips and you try out those new tips!
I promise you any of those 20 tips I'm giving will work.
But for them to work you need to read/watch the whole Barre chords guitar lesson, because all the strategies are interconnected and they work all together to help you master barre chords.
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.