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  • barre chords friday lesson

    Posted by Dirk_R on December 18, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    E minor: I can play the b g and d strings clean as long as I don’t barre the 7th fret. Once I barre the seventh fret the b g and d strings get semi muted because, I guess, i end of squishing the ring middle and index fingers on my fretting hand onto the stings and therefore causing the muting. Does anybody have any input on how I put enough pressure on the barred fret without squishing the b, g, and d strings with my ring and pinkie fingers.

    jumpinjeff replied 2 years, 4 months ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Loraine

    December 18, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    @Dirk_R Make sure you’re putting enough arch in your fingers. Pull the palm down further (towards the floor) and it should automatically add more arch to your fingers.

    • CharlesB

      December 19, 2021 at 6:29 am

      Wow, that simple piece of advice made a difference in my barr cords! Glad I checked out the forums today thanks Loraine!

  • Alfred

    December 18, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I can understand this those frets start getting tight. Mucho practice makes it easier… That’s the only good answer I can give for the bar chord form. You can try just playing the triad at the 7th fret on the top three strings instead of the bar chord, if you need the voicing that high. But really it still comes down to practice until they become second nature really

  • jumpinjeff

    December 19, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Hi @Dirk_R , consider as well what you are trying t to achieve with your bar. As mentioned getting you arch higher will contribute to chord clarity. @Loraine is spot on with the palm advise. Focus on trying to get your finger to contact the strings in a perpendicular manner so that the last phalanges is 90°<strong style=”font-weight: bold;”> to the fret board. Mine never quite get 90 but close enough for good sound. The next part is thinking about what your barred finger is actually doing. For that Fm it is only effecting sound on two strings A and high E strings, you can use the tip of you index to mute the low E. Sometimes by releasing pressure and focusing your bar with a bit more of a curve so the focus of pressure is on only those two strings (your other fingers are covering the DGB strings, so it is not really and equal pressure bar like a capo would be) You can use less tension to create a clear chord sound. That is my chord hack, doesn’t work for all bar chords but A shape bars for sure.

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