|Learning Guitar - Lesson Seven|
|Part 2: Barre Chords|
In the previous several lessons, we have learned three of the four essential
barre chord shapes: major barre on the sixth string, minor barre on the sixth
string, and minor barre on the fifth string. Let's review those shapes:
String Major Barre Chord
A very common alternate fingering for this chord is the use of the third (ring) finger to play the necessary notes on the fourth, third, and second strings. The problem many people have with this fingering is the difficulty in getting the third finger to NOT fret the note on the first string. A common solution is to omit the note on the first string, since that note already exists elsewhere in the chord. Practice playing the chord using both fingerings - it will certainly be difficult at first, but, as usual, will get easier with time. Play the chord one string at a time, to be certain all notes are ringing properly.
Using Barre Chords
You have now learned the four most essential barre chords, and with them, you can play literally thousands of songs. You should be able to replicate all open chord songs you've learned (provided they contain only major and minor chords) using barre chords. Memorizing the fretboard and getting the chord to ring clearly will take time, but if you don't practice them routinely, it'll take much longer. Try and devote a little time to playing barre chords each time you pick up the guitar.
Things to try: