Barre Chords (Guitar Lesson)

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David Wallimann

Barre Chords

David Wallimann teaches six barre chords in this lesson beginning with F major. Get ready for a hand workout!

Taught by David Wallimann in Basic Electric Guitar with David Wallimann seriesLength: 10:26Difficulty: 2.5 of 5

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farmerkat3714farmerkat3714 replied on March 26th, 2018

If you really think about a 6th string MAJOR Barre Chord, your "bar finger" really only has to press down on the 6th, 2nd and 1st string, NOT all 6 strings because your other 3 fingers are fretting strings 5, 4 and 3 in front of the bar. If you keep that in mind and curve your "bar finger" a bit and instead of trying to PRESS SO HARD, apply pressure only on the 3 strings where needed! Hope this helps someone. Thanks for the AWESOME lessons David!

mgalisonmgalison replied on November 10th, 2017

What is it I can do to build strength in my fingers so I can barr. I'm even having trouble with the F cord only barring 1 and 2nd string. replied on October 10th, 2015

Good stuff

Danny4421Danny4421 replied on September 30th, 2015

only got as far as lesson 3 and i am getting error loading media again, this is 2nd course ive started because first one did the same, is this common on this site?

MTMalsMTMals replied on January 24th, 2015

After 2 years of moderate You Tube practice, I'm 75% there on chords and changing. Here David is helping us jackhammer through the brick wall of truly learning guitar. When the going gets tough..pick up the axe. I know when I'm not there yet so I keep working..time is a vapor..... thanks David. Great lessons.

brojakbrojak replied on November 8th, 2014

Thanks for the awesome lesson David.

ScottN65ScottN65 replied on May 27th, 2014

Great lesson. Thanks, David. I gave up on barre chords years ago when I just couldn't get them. This lesson has brought me back around. I've had several acoustic guitars. The one I have now barre chords are almost impossible, for me anyway. I recently acquired a Fender Strat. Barre chords are a breeze for me with the electric guitar. High action can make them really tough on someone trying to get a comfort level with barre chords.

mattcjcmwmattcjcmw replied on January 25th, 2014

Hi david another great lesson the chord charts help but i feel it would be more benficial if you could do a pdf of all the chords make it easier rather than lots of indivsdula bits of paper thanks again

firedog4firedog4 replied on January 13th, 2014

David is covering a lot of material in a short time. So, relax and practice. Out of four guitar co32 2 2 2 2 Out of four guitar courses that I have studied, David is the first to teach B chord. This material is advanced material that he is presenting in a casual way. Enjoying your course David.

tricky1812tricky1812 replied on June 16th, 2013

This lesson was cool, I've been trying to master the Barre chord patterns for a week or so now, been through the painful fingers and wrist, however, David is quite correct about how long it can take, but practice is the answer. You can always play open chords for a while until the pain subsides, your fingers will build up and your brain will retain the information.

lightstamplightstamp replied on May 6th, 2013

The F barre chord I got first time! Bullshit!! give me a break!! how can I go from impossible to mastery.......think there are a few more lessons in there needed - for me anyway. I don't want to end my guitar learning on this note! help!

bluejohnbluejohn replied on February 15th, 2013

I think the Barre chords are gonna drive me to a live guitar teacher but I am really enjoying the series. Very clear instruction. If I ever wanted an instructor to teach me how to parachute out of a plane I think David could do it. He's so cool.

wv_wilsonwv_wilson replied on January 15th, 2013

Amazing! I have literally play on and off for 20 years and feared the B chords . . . This made it simple... Maybe just my mindset with this lesson structure. Great lesson!

riot1002riot1002 replied on November 24th, 2012

Can anybody give me a fair estimate at how long it should take me to get all of these barre chords down.I have only been playing for 2 months.And please do not say to depends,all people are different blah blah blah.I can't imagine getting all of these down in a couple of weeks.What is a realistic time.Thanks for the help \m/

julioenriquejulioenrique replied on January 24th, 2012

This lesson is harder but its a excellent lessson from Dave Im Keeping Practice the god dam beautiful chords!

letitiajletitiaj replied on January 12th, 2012

I've played as a self taught guitarist for a couple of years and barre c hords really bought me unstuck. slowly improving with practice. this course is just what i have needed for awhile. thankyou.

donnie1967donnie1967 replied on October 20th, 2011

barre chords are from the devil! If they're troubling for you, by all means come back to them at a later time. Stay with easier chords, practice them, enjoy making your own music with them. But don't get stuck on &$%#ing barre chords. I made that mistake when I started learning 20 years ago.

dragosfdragosf replied on October 15th, 2011

I had no problem in this lesson! :) So am I the 1%?

matt73matt73 replied on May 7th, 2011 it to be expected that the inside of my index finger be in a lot of pain? Or am I using too much of the side of my finger? Any help would be appreciated. I want to practice a lot more, but it's very painful. Ever dabble in taping up painful fingers?

dragosfdragosf replied on October 15th, 2011

You can not ignore it now. I sugest you to take a little break of your course and try to play random thinks, only for fun. In this way you'll become a little more finger... don't know the word, sorry but your goal is to not take this course to fast, you must use your fingers with the guitar then continue.

matt73matt73 replied on May 7th, 2011

I guess it's more the inside/underside of my knuckle of my index finger.

dandaman27dandaman27 replied on May 1st, 2011

f chord is really hard for me, i have smaller hands, any tips?

daveybdaveyb replied on February 13th, 2011

Excellent lesson Dave, I couldn't play bar chords until I followed your instructions and I got F Major on first go!!! Thanks

buriedaliveburiedalive replied on January 7th, 2011

Great lesson ! I do find it a little hard to identify the C from the Cm based on the sound. I was getting used to be able to quickly know which was major and minor for the basic chords by listening closely which third was closer to the root (minor) and which sounded farther from it (major) there something different with the C ? It just sounds inverted to me.. Cheers!

eickeick replied on July 28th, 2010

great job. hope you stay around for a long time. the bar cord are a bear but im gonna stay with it. my guitar aint sounden to good but its getten better

royreddyroyreddy replied on April 17th, 2010

Heh D; this is a super lesson, good foundation builder. The Vid is sharp and accurate. The supplemental for the first FMaj is brutal. It shows fingering 1-3-3-2-1-1. The video is cool, shows 1-3-4-2-1-1 in an overlay at about 0:50.

jdorsmanjdorsman replied on April 2nd, 2010

Excellent lesson David, this should keep me busy for a while :)

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