Time to talk about those "dreaded" barre (bar) chords again. Why? Because many beginner guitarists make the mistake of giving up on barre chords since they are not that easy to learn.
This is one of the biggest mistakes you could make, one that could ultimately lead to quitting the guitar altogether.
You see, barre chords are an integral part of playing the guitar!
They are used in many genres, many songs, so giving up on them will mean leaving a huge hole in your knowledge, one that you won't be able to fill with any bypass technique.
Unfortunately, a lot of beginners quit the guitar when they realize this fact. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that's just the way it is.
Don't feel down though, since YOU CAN learn these chords, just like I did, just like BB King did, just like every guitarist who you've ever seen did.
Here is my best advice on how you can learn barre chords.
So, how should you learn bar chords?
- First of all, watch our beginner guitar lesson on barre chords. You'll have a better understanding of what barre chords are, and you'll get a chance to see the best way of fretting these chords.
- Practice the things you see in the video guitar lesson, and go through the barre chords chapter of my Beginner's Guitar Guide.
- Practice the E-shaped and A-shaped major and minor barre chords for 5 minutes per day.
- Once you are somewhat comfortable with them, learn some songs that use barre chords, for example:
- The Stand by Me (Ben E. King) guitar lesson will show you how to use just 4 barre chords to play the entire song.
- The Hey Jude (The Beatles) guitar lesson is somewhat more advanced, and will, therefore, let you practice bar chords in a more advanced setting.
- The Layla (Eric Clapton) guitar lesson will advance your use of barre chords even more.
- Practice, and practice some more 🙂
- Learn more songs with barre chords here
Keep in mind that to become a good guitarist, knowing how to fret barre chords is a must. All it takes is 5 minutes of practice per day, and in a couple of weeks, you be playing them like you never thought you would. So go ahead, watch the videos, and go practice.