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Bar Chords

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

Here is the last installment of the “5 Biggest Beginner Guitar Obstacles” series. This time we are addressing the monster of bar chords.

I know that this is a big challenge for many guitarists, so I wanted to fit in as many tips for success as possible in this video.

If you or anyone you know are having trouble with the fundamentals of guitar (chords, chord transitions, bar chords, strumming, etc.), I’d like you to have the full “5 Biggest Guitar Obstacles” series as a resource. Here is a link to the playlist. Please feel free to share it.

Another thing that will help a lot with bar chords is the Clean Barchord Checklist from the Bar Chord Masterclass. Don't forget, the first module of the Bar Chord Masterclass course is free for all Guitar Fam members to go through. Feel free to dig into that too.

Clean Bar Checklist

1 - Get your guitar setup if you haven’t already done so.

2 - Work on creating the bar on its own before even trying to make the full bar chord shape.

3 - Put the bar on using a clamp-like motion between your thumb and 1st finger.

4 - Place your bar right behind the fret.

5 - Experiment with the vertical placement of your finger to minimize the muting sound of your finger creases on the strings.

6 - Tilt/lean your bar back on the bony edge of your finger instead of using the meaty/flat underside of your finger.

7 - Don’t kink your wrist too far one way or the other.

8 - Don’t raise your elbow. Let your arm fall by the side of your body.



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