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tips on barring?

SidethSoul

Joined: May 26 2015

I've looked into a few videos, none of which are helping tbh. Can anyone give some friendly precise tips on barring?

middle and high E-string wont sound when barring a chord that's 4 frets long....

It's not easy at the start

Otakusician

Otakusician (PDGT)

Joined: Apr 28 2015

Barring comes from practice of getting used to it. A good way to start:

1. Form a E Major Chord.
2. Now use your fingers, 2,3 and 4 to hold down that E Major chord.
3. Slide your fingers up one fret
4. Place your entire index finger on the 1st fret, with your fingertip on the low E string.
5. Adjust your WRIST to different angles to see which angle is the most comfortable

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I'm probably going to get

karathrow

Joined: Oct 26 2010

I'm probably going to get shit on for mentioning this but if you think about it you dont actually need to worry about the GDA strings because those will be fretted by your other fingers. Realistically with a major barre chord you only have to worry about the high E, B and low E strings. When you think about it in that context it might make it easier.

Also there were some threads earlier about pushing the fretboard against your hand by leveraging with your picking hands forearm or some shit. I can't really explain it very well but that's sort of the idea. Finally, don't get discouraged if you are just starting and only doing the F barre chord. That one is the hardest so if you can manage to get that one down the rest should be cake.

Re: I'm probably going to get

Otakusician

Otakusician (PDGT)

Joined: Apr 28 2015

That's actually a good explanation. Normally people try to start by barring all stings at once, but just worry about the E and A strings, the overtime add the D, then the G, then the B, and finally the high E.

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Re: I'm probably going to get

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

karathrow said

Also there were some threads earlier about pushing the fretboard against your hand by leveraging with your picking hands forearm or some shit. I can't really explain it very well but that's sort of the idea.

I'm not sure, but maybe you're talking about this: http://douglasniedt.com/TechTipLittleJennifersSecret.pdf

Finally, don't get discouraged if you are just starting and only doing the F barre chord. That one is the hardest so if you can manage to get that one down the rest should be cake.

Yeah, it's physically easier if you start by practicing around the 6-8th fret area. It depends a little bit on which kind of guitar it is where the easiest spot is, but yeah, don't start by trying to barre the first fret.

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Re: I'm probably going to get

karathrow

Joined: Oct 26 2010

Yeah that was the thing I was talking about, I just couldn't think of a good way to word it.

Re: I'm probably going to get

Ennea

humhum..

Location: Germany

Joined: Apr 09 2010

auriplane said

http://douglasniedt.com/TechTipLittleJennifersSecret.pdf

I might've been playing this instrument wrong for years...