03 Rein­vent­ing barre chords

Bored of ba­sic barre chords? Try out these tips to give your play­ing a boost when­ever you use these es­sen­tial shapes…

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If you’re mainly an elec­tric player, chances are that barre chords are al­ready a big part of your play­ing. How­ever, they are a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion on an acous­tic gui­tar. Aside from be­ing more chal­leng­ing to play on a steel string, with­out an am­pli­fier’s power or tone, barre chords can sound choppy and ba­sic. This is fine for a punky al­ter­na­tive vibe, but it’s not al­ways that in­ven­tive. The ex­am­ples we’re look­ing at here will give you some ideas about how to be more cre­ative with barre chords on your acous­tic gui­tar.

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