While there is no such thing as an easy barre chord, however I’d like to show you have to play barre chords easier. With the proper techniques in place (and a little attention to detail) you can quickly master these shapes and start learning easy guitar songs with barre chords. Here are some tips and tricks and… how to make barre chords easier!
Part 1 – Most Common Shapes + Building Initial Strength
Part 2 – Navigate The Fretboard + Learn To Play Barre Chords In Any Key
Part 3 – 4 Tips And Tricks That Make Barre Chords Much Easier To Play
This one is pretty simple. Just nudge your finger up and down until it feels comfortable. Pay attention to the creases in your fingers and remember that it’s okay if the tip of your finger overlaps the edge of the fretboard.
Arched Finger vs Flat Finger
If you press down on all the strings with a flat finger, you end up putting a lot of extra, unnecessary pressure down onto the fretboard – some of the strings are already being played by other fingers.
If we arch the barre finger, we can focus pressure where it is needed, which requires much, much less strength.
Neutral Wrist vs Bent Wrist
You must try your best to keep your wrist as neutral as possible. While it may be tempting to bend your guitar towards you to help you see the fretboard better this is awful for your wrist, especially when playing barre chords. Just looking at the picture of the bent wrist makes my tendons tingle!
Rather than letting your hand do all the work, it’s a good idea to spread the tension equally across the entire arm and back, all the way to your core. It might take a while to get used to it, but this will make the biggest improvement in your barre chord technique.
- Sit up straight
- Activate your shoulder by pulling back slightly
- Let gravity carry your elbow downwards
- Grip the chord
This distributes the tension evenly along your entire arm and shoulder, saving your hand and wrist a lot of strain.
Remember not to overdo it and take your time with these things. Work on them, 1 at a time, and after a while your barre chords will sound clean and you’ll be able to play for extended periods of time.
There are many issues that prevent guitarists from learning this essenstial skill. To help, I’ve created a gradual path from the basic chords all the way to barre chords that will help ANYONE learn how to play them. With this step-by-step path, you will develop the strength and technique to finally conquer barre chords!Click here
Here are some easy guitar songs with barre chords:
- Let It Be – The Beatles
- Ho Hey – The Lumineers
- Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
- Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
- Angie – The Rolling Stones
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
- No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley
- Hey Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams
- Let Her Go – Passenger
- Demons – Imagine Dragons
- Stay With Me – Sam Smith
- Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
- Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men