Barre chords too difficult help?

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Answer #1 | 31/12 2013 05:40
I play a Taylor Acoustic guitar. I've noticed that the type and quality of guitar and the strings you use could have an impact on how easy it is to bar-chords. Switching between my Taylor and my friends Yamaha, it's really night and day. My hand are quite small and I find barring chords on my taylor much easier for me. Try going to a music shop and trying some of their guitars. You may notice how much easier it is on a different acoustic guitar.
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Answer #2 | 31/12 2013 03:20
There are several general tips I can throw at you. The pads of your fingers are soft, which is not ideal for pressing strings. If you roll your barre finger slightly back (towards the nut) you'll be pressing the strings with the bony edge rather than the pad. When we describe how barre chords work, we often describe the finger as a human capo....but in reality your finger only needs to press 2 or 3 strings. The rest are being pressed by your other fingers. This means that it's often okay to slightly arch your barre finger so that the most pressure is put on the outside edges of the fretboard. While you're holding a barre chord, pluck each string and identify which ones are muted. Then you can address the cause(s) one string at a time. Muting is caused by the same reasons on barre chords as with open ones. Either you aren't pressing hard enough, you're touching an adjacent string, or pressing too close to the fret. If I was in the room with you, I might be able to make minor corrections to your hand and finger positions. That's one reason having a live instructor is so much better than trying to learn these things on your own. If you don't have a teacher, you'll just have to approach it using the tips I mentioned. Keep practicing. With enough practice, you'll build enough strength so that even an inefficient grip will get the job done.

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