Tech­nique Fo­cus

Barre chords

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY | CLASSICAL -

Barre chords can be tir­ing for the fret­ting hand. Strength is needed to hold down all six strings, es­pe­cially when the re­main­ing fin­gers are needed for ad­di­tional notes. But of­ten not all six string are needed un­der a barre, so try work­ing on press­ing down dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of strings. For ex­am­ple, when play­ing the C chord in bar 68 here you need only fret the sixth, sec­ond and first strings so the first fin­ger can have a slight curve and press down in just two places; near the fin­ger­tip and the base of the fin­ger. This re­quires a lot less pres­sure than press­ing down all six strings.

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