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5 Solutions to Improve Barre Chords

5 Solutions to Improve Barre Chords

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One of the most common issues when learning to play guitar that I’ve encountered with students is a general grumbling about bar chords. And rightly so. Most students struggle with buzzing notes and a sore hand and wrist.

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Barre Chord Exercise that Works!

Barre Chord Exercise that Works!

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A Unique And Effective Barre Chord Exercise:Barre chords can be daunting for new guitar players. They’re the first major challenge of fretting hand strength. So long before I teach barre chords I like to teach a primer exercise. I found this exercise to be my favorite to develop that hand strength. It works best if you practice it a little bit at a time. Just a...

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Power Chords | What Are They And Do You Need Them?

Power Chords | What Are They And Do You Need Them?

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Do You Really Need Power Chords?I got this question from one of my students. Power chords have been used since the 60s (maybe earlier), mostly in Rock genres. If you’re an older player like me, do you still need them?Let’s start by finding out what they are. “Power Chords” are essentially 5th chords (notated as G5 for a G power chord). It’s just the root note and a...

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Bar B Chord Tips

Bar B Chord Tips

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​Video Transcript And Relevant Links: ​​Hey there, I've had a student recently asked me how I could master that B chord with that partial bar thing. She told me she's tried the other B chords and they're okay but they really don't sound as good as this partial bar B chord. Here's what I'm talking about right here this thing. And of course you can use it for other...

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Bar Chords are HARD!

Bar Chords are HARD!

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Hey there, I see a lot of challenges when people are first starting to play guitar but there are a few ​who come back over and over and one of the big ones is Bar Chords Are Hard! I've heard that so many times. I can relate. I can remember when I was first learning to play guitar. I thought "Boy, I don’t know if I'll ever be able to actually play it smooth." But you...

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