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Barre Chord Helper (Guitar Lesson)


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Jim Deeming

Barre Chord Helper

Taught by Jim Deeming in Jim's Bag of Tricks seriesLength: 20:58Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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kevinacolekevinacole replied on November 21st, 2015

Excellent lesson - thanks Jim :-)

vincentfamvincentfam replied on February 15th, 2015

patience, patience, patience.

Andrew HustonAndrew Huston replied on January 25th, 2015

Argh!!! I so frustrated and feeling ripped off! I can't make these chords and now all the lessons I took until now seem like a total waste. I feel like this first lesson should be barre chords, and the teacher should say "Can you make this barre chord? No? Then give up now, because every other lessons depends on it." Sorry, just venting.

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on May 3rd, 2014

Excellent lesson ! Very helpful for me. Thanks.

thegmthegm replied on August 10th, 2013

Good lesson thanks Jim.

hansghansg replied on October 28th, 2012

ha, I was struggling with this for months, and these 20 minutes and capo & the "sneaking up" concept really really helped! Should have found it earlier!

hansghansg replied on October 28th, 2012

ha, I was struggling with this for months, and these 20 minutes and capo & the "sneaking up" concept really really helped! Should have found it earlier!

hansghansg replied on October 28th, 2012

ha, I was struggling with this for months, and these 20 minutes and capo & the "sneaking up" concept really really helped! Should have found it earlier!

theplasticwaffletheplasticwaffle replied on April 23rd, 2012

Good stuff Jim...hard enough for me to form alot of things with my RA..but this really helps!!!

joehjoeh replied on February 16th, 2012

Thanks Jim this lesson is just what i needed!

daddy_mikedaddy_mike replied on February 15th, 2012

Mr. Deeming, how on earth can you do that Merle Travis a-shape chord?. Seems impossible to me.

Larry PrinceLarry Prince replied on February 15th, 2012

Jim: Thanks for this lesson. In just a couple of days your advice has removed much of the struggle I've been experiencing for the last two years. Far less pain & strain in the fret hand and I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

WhaleRiderWhaleRider replied on February 13th, 2012

Great lesson! I finally understand why barre chords exist. I thought experienced guitar players came up with them just to keep the newbies at bay (and to aggravate us) but Jim's plain English summary and tips on how to use them made a lot of sense to me. Thanks.

kay burnskay burns replied on February 12th, 2012

Jim , my chords had high blood pressure .....(Hypertensive) ..... Thankyou for the cure

blueshadow501blueshadow501 replied on February 12th, 2012

thanks Jim, I have always bypassed the c shaped bar chord but learning on my own i did not know tricks to learn. I will try this, hopefully my thumb holds out. lol

boulezboulez replied on February 11th, 2012

Very well explained! Excellent stuff.

Don.SDon.S replied on February 10th, 2012

Thanks, Jim. What a coincidence I had just started thinking in terms of what's the least amount of pressure I need to exert to make a chord ring properly. Great lesson, especially for those barre chord challenged amongst us.

bcgaraybcgaray replied on February 10th, 2012

Thanks Jim very helpful lesson. Im on lesson 21 and working hard so as I can move on to more use of my right hand. Thanks again for being such a good teacher

happybirthdayhappybirthday replied on February 9th, 2012

great lesson, easily understood it; now I just need to work at it.

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Barre Chord Helper

Do you struggle with barre chords and tend to shy away from them? In this lesson, Jim demonstrates and discusses some ways to perfect barre chords as quickly as possible.

Length: 20:58 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

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Most of Jim's early learning was by ear. With unlimited access to his Dad's collection of Chet Atkins albums, he spent countless hours decoding his favorite songs. They were never "right" until they sounded just like Chet. Around the age of 12, Jim heard Jerry Reed for the first time and just knew he had to be able to make that "Alabama Wild Man" sound. The styles of Chet & Jerry always have been a big influence on his playing.

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