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Finger Positions For Barre Chords

Feb 26, 2008
Something which will become simpler with time, practice and as your hand increases with strength, is the infamous Barre chords. Barre chords are the next level up from power chords. They use the same root notes as our friends that play heavy metal. Barre chords, or to use the less ostentatious spelling of bar chords, are named this due to the fact that the index finger is held across all of the strings, consequently being "barred". And purely to make matters more puzzling, as you move your fret and string positions, the name of the chord alters.

When the positions of Barre chords are practiced, the first or index finger will need to be significantly strengthened. To accomplish the Barre chord position, the side of the index finger that is neighboring the thumb needs to be lying across all six strings. Place your index finger across all six strings at the second fret and strum in order to carry out this chord. Then proceed to use your thumb for the purposes of holding down that index finger. It can take rather a long time to build up sufficient strength to achieve this successfully. Six months is approximately the average time it will take, practice is the simple answer to achieving this, so patience is needed. Once you have succeeded this, pursue to learn Barre chords.

When commencing Barre chords, utilize your left knee to stabilize your guitar holding the neck at a 45 degree angle. Undertaking this position will assist you in placing your hand in the accurate position for allowing your index finger to be strongly placed across all six strings. Avoid wrapping your thumb around the neck of the guitar, but rather place it across the back. Envisage that you are squeezing the neck of the guitar amid your finger and thumb, whilst at the same time, ensuring that your index finger is flat on the strings.

One thing which will assist you in achieving this chord, is to use the large knuckle at the base of the index finger when using it to Barre with. That knuckle has strength which can be used in order to fret the first and second strings. By doing this you will find it a great deal easier. Undertaking small modifications such as this will make all the difference between accomplishment and disappointment as well as pain and pleasure.

To accomplish a Major Root 6 Barre Chord, all of the strings need to be barred with your index or first finger. The second finger needs to be placed on the G-strings, and the third and fourth fingers need to be on D and A strings. Until you have received sufficient strength in your hand, the strings may not ring as clearly as they would when such strength has been achieved. In order to achieve a Minor Root Barre 6 Chord, all you need to do is simply take your finger off the G-string.

Once you have practiced sufficiently and become accustomed to Barre chords, they are straightforward and effortless to memorize. There are only three forms that need to be learned in order to work out many others, because frets are simply moved. One way in which you can correctly and easily learn them, is to download a diagram of the chords which can be completed free of charge. You can then follow the diagram to see exactly where your fingers need to be placed.
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Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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