Mini Barre Chord (Guitar Lesson)


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Mini Barre Chord

Mark demonstrates abbreviated versions of the "Type 1" and "Type 2" barre chords. He calls these "mini barre" chords.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 17:43Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:35) Welcome Back Welcome back to the basic guitar lesson series with Mark Lincoln! Get ready for some intense guitar learning action!
Chapter 2: (13:21) Warm-up and Mini Barre Chords Before going on with this lesson please be sure to review and warm-up with the following:
- Warm-up the hands.
- Stretch the wrists.
- Play the major and minor open chords.
- Warm up your strumming muscles by relaxing the wrists and letting the pick flow over the strings.
- Play the E major chord in the "new" way and play the type 1 barre chords.
-Play the A major chord in the "new" way and play the type 2 barre chords.
-Practice the "slanting A" technique.
- Practice the type 1 minor barre chords.
-Practice the type 2 minor barre chords.
This is a great warm-up and should have you ready to master this lesson.

Okay, so we've been talking a lot about barre chords and you might be asking yourself "why are we focusing so much on these barre chords when they're so difficult to play?" Well, the answer is simple. I'm trying to give you a way to organize and conceptualize music so you can see that music is not a random assortment of notes and chords. It has ordered structure and meaning.

Since barre chords are kind of tough to play, at least right now, I'm going to show you some tricks to play barre chords in a simpler and less strenuous fashion.

Mini-Barres No, this is not a lesson on how to steal the macadamia nuts from the mini-bar in your hotel room, but rather a way to play barre chords while still maintaining your sanity and composure. Mini-barre chords are smaller versions of barre chords that require less finger dexterity. Here is the type 1 F barre chord:

F Major
E_1_
B_1_
G_2_
D_3_
A_3_
E_1_

The F major chord can also be played like this:
E_1_
B_1_
G_2_
D_3_
A_3_
E_X_

Notice how the low E string is not played using this version of the F chord. Keep in mind that I’ve been telling you that you can play this chord either by barring all of the strings all the way across the neck or by just holding down the B and high E strings on the first fret, so this shouldn’t be news to you. However, you can also play the F chord like this:

E_1_
B_1_
G_2_
D_3_
A_X_
E_X_

Or like this:

E_1_
B_1_
G_2_
D_X_
A_X_
E_X_

The last example is considered the "mini-barre" or the miniature version of the larger barre chord. Your first finger should barre the E and B strings and your second or middle finger should hold down the G-string on the second fret. These rules apply to all of the type 1 barre chords. Keep in mind though (and I mentioned this briefly a couple of lessons ago), that when you play the miniature versions of barre chords, you usually strum fewer strings. So on the mini-F chord above, you should only strum the three highest strings - E B and G. As I mentioned before, I don't want you to obsess over playing just a few strings especially when you're learning chords, but it's something to be aware of and listen to when you're playing. If you notice that your mini-barre chords don't sound like you would like them to, watch which strings you are strumming and make changes.

Now let's look at the G major barre chord.

G Major
E_3_
B_3_
G_4_
D_5_
A_5_
E_3_

or

E_3_
B_3_
G_4_
D_5_
A_5_
E_X_

or

E_3_
B_3_
G_4_
D_5_
A_X_
E_X_

or

E_3_
B_3_
G_4_
D_X_
A_X_
E_X_

The pattern is the same for every type 1 barre chord all the way up the neck. This is a simple way for you to play the barre equivalents of all of your favorite barre chords without the stress and strain of barring all of the strings. Just keep in mind that when you use mini-barre chords, you need to adjust your strum.
Chapter 3: (03:47) Exercise and Strum Since it is not always in our best interest to play all six strings on the guitar, the manner in which we poise our strum arm / hand may need to be adjusted. When most people begin playing the guitar they typically just strum across all of the strings. As you play more and more and learn more of the subtle nuances of the instrument, you will come to realize that strumming with control produces a more smooth and desirable sound. Watch me in the video for more insight on this topic.
1. Positioning - how and where you position your hand over the strings will help you keep control over which strings you are strumming.

2. Palm Muting - this is an excellent way to adjust the sound and volume of your strum and produce a different tonal texture from your guitar.


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Steven88Steven88 replied on February 13th, 2017

Great lesson. Clarified the concept for me. Good exercise. Do it every day.

grburgessgrburgess replied on April 19th, 2015

reminds me of Dr. Evil's son "mini-me".

kingwenzkingwenz replied on February 3rd, 2015

Hey Mark. I joined Jam Play to really try to understand the guitar. I am learning so much and am happy to say I can play many chords multiple ways thanks to you. You rock! Peace Robert Wenzler

mikewalkerjammikewalkerjam replied on June 30th, 2014

Hey Mark, I am back again and you are one of the reasons why. I really like the way you teach. Thanks from Mike Walker

mojave27mojave27 replied on March 19th, 2014

Hi Mark, I don't know if you're still monitoring the comments, but the brief discussion on palm muting in this lesson was very helpful. I've been struggling with palm muting technique for a couple weeks but this lesson set me on the right path.

SprintbobSprintbob replied on December 27th, 2013

Hi Mark, I'm asking the same question as moyerw4 below. I seem to be doing fine with full barre chords so is there really any benefit to spending time on the mini barres? Great lessons overall. I took Steve Eulberg's lesson set first and yours seem to compliment Steve's very well.

dvickers2000dvickers2000 replied on October 17th, 2013

Mark, Great stuff, I'm 52 and just learning guitar. And these Barre Chords and Mini Barre chords really help out. Was trying to put a G, D C and Eminor into a song tonight using the mini chords using a strumming pattern. I find that I can mute the non essential strings using a finger but is it better to just break down and learn the palm mute. I seem to either get to much of a mute with the palm or not enough.

jaranthjaranth replied on July 2nd, 2013

Wow, the "mini-bar" exercise turned out to be a tougher than I expected... sort of nailed me right in a weak spot. Back soon!

tito barcelotito barcelo replied on May 7th, 2013

Mark, it not easy to me to press two strings, E & B with 1 finger ... it sounds horrible, may I use 1 on E1, 2 on B1, 3 on G2 and 4 on D3? It seems easy and sound much better ... your thoughts please.

epholbrookepholbrook replied on March 13th, 2013

Mark thank you have taught me more than all the lesson I have taken over the years. I am 46. I have my two sons also learning as well 11 and 13 years old. We live in the Springs and would like to see play live at sometime I will keep checking your site. Thanks again Ed

moyerw4moyerw4 replied on February 17th, 2013

Hey Mark, do we need to master the mini barre chords if we are doing fine with playing the full barre chords? Based on the previous lessons I have made great progress on playing the barres, but having difficulty holding the B and E strings when playing the minis. - Bill

larry whalenlarry whalen replied on January 8th, 2013

Hi Mark I just finished Lesson 12 and am progressing well with you. I knew a few chords 30 years ago (I'm 62) and just started playing last June. I intend on viewing all your lessons and practicing almost daily. A quick note for you: "Fewer strings" not "Less strings." As in "Less beer" not "Fewer beer." Just a note for you since I'm a teacher too, and thought I'd pay back a favor. I'm looking forward to more lessons. Can we skype?

darkreignxoxdarkreignxox replied on February 21st, 2012

key of A#..... that doesn't exist does it....

austin_watkinsaustin_watkins replied on February 13th, 2012

When I tried to play this video the first scene says. "video not found (then is had a vary long URL code here) I then skipped this scene to see if the others worked and they did. There is as of now I problem with the scene musical introduction. Thought someone should know, thanks guys.

austin_watkinsaustin_watkins replied on February 13th, 2012

Then it looks like the intro is in the next scene.

ritch17ritch17 replied on January 18th, 2012

Hi Mark, I'm finding palm muting quite difficult, although I'm sure it will get easier. At the moment, I am actually finding it easier to do this with the back side of my palm rather than with the opponents pad! I suspect this may be because I am holding the pick incorrectly. Any extra tips on how I can do this better?

patrickqpatrickq replied on October 6th, 2011

Hello Mark, could you please let me know what the symbol # means and if that's something we already covered on your introductory section( doing lesson 12 now). Thanks Patrick

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 6th, 2011

Hey Pat, the # symbol is known as the "sharp" and indicates one step higher than any given note or chord. Hope that helps! ML

infanti2006infanti2006 replied on August 1st, 2011

Mark I am still trying to getmy guitar to sound like yours,Please bare with me. can you e-mail with a diagram on what i have to do. to get my guitar to sound like yours i would appreciate it very much. my e-mail is g.infanti2006 @RCN.COM

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 8th, 2011

By the way Gabe, you ned to be more specific when you ask me a question like "how do I get my guitar to sound like yours?" because that can really mean any of a number of things. Just ask me more specifically and maybe I can help you with this, ok? Mark

dstorey615dstorey615 replied on July 27th, 2011

hi mark, for switching barre chords for example f (type 1) to g (type 1) would you say that you slide along the strings or take your hand off using finger glue and reapply quickly? Dan

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 8th, 2011

Hey Dan, the truth is you can do both. It's all a matter of incorporating different techniques to get the sound you want and sliding a chord into place will give you a whole different sound and style than simply placing the chord on the fretboard. Good luck my friend! Mark

the chupacabrathe chupacabra replied on April 21st, 2011

Hi Mark, I was wondering if the difference between the barre chords and the mini chords is just the fullness of the chord and/or that it makes it easier to play some songs with a different variation of the chord? Just want to make sure I am completely understanding this. Thanks again you are an awesome teacher.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on May 2nd, 2011

Hey Chupa how are you? Yes, you hit the nail right on the head, minibarres are just alternate forms of the chords that will give you a quicker easier form with which to move around. and....cleaners for strings are usually available from local music stores, you can ask them what's best! Peace my friend!

the chupacabrathe chupacabra replied on April 21st, 2011

Second question... any suggestions on string cleaners/ using fast fret? Just want to make sure I am taking care of my investment.

infanti2006infanti2006 replied on December 13th, 2010

HI Mark, Iam kinda new at this ,guitar stuff, so here goes.iam trying like heck to learn the chords,with the fingers,and all you say about going back to a previous. lesson and such.but it is hard to grasp.oh and by the way i dolike your teaching. so what do you think.willi learn to be a guitarist. oh and by the way my name is gabe

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on December 18th, 2010

Hey Gabe welcome aborad and will you learn to be a guitarist?...I would say yes, absolutely if you're dedicated and practice! Never ever give up and you'll get there my friend! Markl

piranhamanxxxpiranhamanxxx replied on May 14th, 2010

Hey Mark, enjoying the lessons and i'm moving forward at an ok pace. Quick question for you. I'm Using an electric guitar so am interested if palm muting which you explained in this lesson, carries across to my instrument. I noticed with your acoustic guitar the sound resonance still had a nice n bassy feel. When i'm trying a mini barre and playing about with these palm mutes, i find the sound is not the most pleasant noise in the world. Anyways, i'm sure a lil more practise is called for but i thought i'd ask just incase. Keep up the awesome lessons matey

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on May 15th, 2010

Hey Piranha how are you? Just curious, are you able to get on during one of my live chats? That could be very helpful to talk directly about this especially if you have a webcam. Then I could see what you're doing and hopefully help you correct it. I'm on every day from2-5 mtn time and 3-5 on Mondays. Mark

melody lafountainmelody lafountain replied on September 14th, 2009

Mark, when you play the chord in a mini version way, do you change the base note if you are finger-picking?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 17th, 2009

Hi Melody how are you? I'm not entirely sure what it is that you are talking about specifically, but keep in mind that you can change bass notes when finger picking or not, depending upon what you as a guitarist want to do. In other words, you can do what you want but if I'm not addressing your question specifically then please clarify and let me know. Thanks for writing in! Take care, Mark

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 18th, 2009

Hello Ed, yes, I can feel your enthusiasm from here and it's awesome! I'm really glad that you're learning and enjoying it at the same time, that's so important. Great to hear from you my friend! Mark

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on August 16th, 2009

This is amazing. I never knew that there were so many ways of playing the same chord. This is great! I am building a chord vocabulary that is increasing rapidly. Thank you so much! I can actually start speaking this language now. (can you tell I'm enthusiastic?)

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About Mark Lincoln View Full Biography Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.

Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.

Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.

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At JamPlay, not only can you reference our Chord Library, but you can also select any variety of chords you need to work on, and generate your own printable chord sheet.

Backing Tracks

Jam-along backing tracks give the guitarist a platform for improvising and soloing. Our backing tracks provide a wide variety of tracks from different genres of music, and serves as a great learning tool.

Interactive Games

We have teachers covering beginner lessons, rock, classic rock, jazz, bluegrass, fingerstyle, slack key and more. Learn how to play the guitar from experienced players, in a casual environment.

Beginners Welcome.. and Up

Unlike a lot of guitar websites and DVDs, we start our Beginner Lessons at the VERY start of the learning process, as if you just picked up a guitar for the first time.Our teaching is structured for all players.

Take a minute to compare JamPlay to other traditional and new methods of learning guitar. Our estimates for "In-Person" lessons below are based on a weekly face-to-face lesson for $40 per hour.

Price Per Lesson < $0.01 $4 - $5 $30 - $50 Free
Money Back Guarantee Sometimes n/a
Number of Instructors 87 1 – 3 1 Zillions
Interaction with Instructors Daily Webcam Sessions Weekly
Professional Instructors Luck of the Draw Luck of the Draw
New Lessons Daily Weekly Minutely
Structured Lessons
Learn Any Style Sorta
Track Progress
HD Video - Sometimes
Multiple Camera Angles Sometimes - Sometimes
Accurate Tabs Maybe Maybe
Scale/Chord Libraries
Custom JamTracks
Interactive Games
Community
Learn in Sweatpants Socially Unacceptable
Gasoline Needed $0.00 $0.00 ~$4 / gallon! $0.00

Mike H.

"I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar!"
 

I am 66 years young and I still got it! I would have never known this if it had not been for Jamplay! I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar! Ha! I cannot express enough how great you're website is! It is for beginners and advanced pickers! I am an advanced picker and thought I had lost it but thanks to you all, I found it again! Even though I only play by ear, I have been a member a whopping whole two weeks now and have already got Brent's country shuffle and country blues down and of course with embellishments. Thank you all for your wonderful program!


Greg J.

"With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace"
 

I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg


Bill

"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."
 

I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on JamPlay.com. Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.



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