A very specific bar chord problem?



Asked by: Erica Smith

Why do I struggle with bar chords?





The reason you’re struggling is because your hand and fingers aren’t strong enough yet to do it easily. It’s like weight lifting, the more you do it, the stronger you’ll get. Try playing barre chords further up the neck, around the 5th fret.

Is there a trick to barre chords?

And where your arm comes over the guitar use it to kind of push on your guitar see if I if I kind of pull and tight here with my picking hand arm it's pushing the guitar neck forward.

Are my hands too small for barre chords?

Many beginning guitarists with smaller hands struggle to play barre chords. The natural question follows, “Can someone with small hands play barre chords?” Well, the simple answer is – Yes. With some basic knowledge mixed with perseverance and patience, most players can develop this skill regardless of their hand size.

How do you make barre chords easier?

If you put your finger a bit higher it gets a bit easier for other. People if you put your finger a bit lower it gets a bit easier. So just nudge it up and down and figure out what works best for you.

How long does it take to master barre chords?





You can use them for about 5 minutes once or twice a day outside of your guitar practice time. Few guitarists master barre chords quickly. It can take several weeks or months to master them and feel comfortable enough to switch between them.

What is the hardest barre chord?

The six-string F chord is one of the hardest standard chord shape to play on the guitar. When many people try to play the F chord on guitar (and often succeed) it’s with far too much struggle and effort than is actually necessary. Even extremely influential guitarists can have a hard time with barre chords.

What is the easiest barre chord?

Easy F Bar Chord



If you’re new to barre chords, try this version of an F bar chord. It’s perfect for beginner guitarists as you only have to barre 2 strings. Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the D string.

How do you master a bar chord?

Tips for Mastering Barre Chords

  1. Check your thumb, palm and wrist position. The position of your thumb, palm and wrist are all connected. …
  2. Keep your elbow close to your body. A common mistake is to keep your elbow away from your body. …
  3. Use the edge of your index finger. …
  4. Move index finger up or down. …
  5. Use some arm strength.




How do I get better at barring on guitar?

8 Barre Chord Technique Tips

  1. Lower your thumb and place it roughly halfway down the neck. …
  2. Use the edge of your index finger. …
  3. Keep your elbow tucked in. …
  4. Place your index finger close to the fret. …
  5. Keep your index finger straight.


How many barre chords are there?

There are five main bar chord shapes you can play, E Shape, A Shape, C Shape, D Shape and G Shape.



How do you play bar chords without pain?

But it's very simple all you do is you bring your hands position to play a bar board. And then you start relaxing during power arm from the shoulder on down.

Why does my thumb cramp when playing bar chords?

Your thumb hurts because you are pushing your thumb backwards on itself in order to support your hand position on the neck. The only way forward is to practice bar chords as much as you can, and your thumb and hand will eventually become stronger. Hope this helps.

Why does my wrist hurt when I play bar chords?

Another reason that people struggle with wrist pain with barre chords is that they are pressing on the fretboard too hard. This causes a lot of tension in the hand itself for long periods of time. This causes tension in the wrist as a result.

What is guitar tendonitis?

Tendonitis. Arguably the most common of the guitar related injuries, tendonitis refers to the inflammation of tendons – with guitarists often suffering in their wrists. Most of them describe the feeling as a ‘dull ache’, as tendonitis causes muscle tightness, connective tissue constriction and pain.