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The dreaded Bar Chords



Edward Staib

The dreaded Bar Chords

I've been playing for about three years and play at my church. I have been struggling with the Bm bar chord-(bar chords in general) which is used frequently in the songs we play. I have weakness in my hands from Carpal Tunnel so it seems like more practice does nothing to help. Does anyone know of a way to play bar chords that doesn't cause extreme pain? A fellow musician in our group suggests playing partial chords. But I wanted see if anyone here as any suggestions. Thanks.


Posted 2 months ago by Edward Staib - 6 replies

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Jeremy Taylor

When I first started playing, I used my pinky to play both the second and third notes of the bar chord. Instead of using three fingers, I just used my first finger and my pinky. http://jtay.me #acoustic


Reply posted 1 month ago by Jeremy Taylor


Linh Le

Why do you try a capo on the second fret? You will just play Bm without barred like Am chord


Reply posted 1 month ago by Linh Le


Joe Thibodeau

Put a capo on the second fret and play and open Am chord. So you know tunes with heavy Barre chord usage eat hands. To the point where many will arrange pieces to avoid bar chords at all cost. I play a tune now that is barre chord heavy and it eats my hands and I've been playing for 42 years.


Reply posted 2 months ago by Joe Thibodeau


Joe Thibodeau

Put a capo on the second fret and play and open Am chord. So you know tunes with heavy Barre chord usage eat hands. To the point where many will arrange pieces to avoid bar chords at all cost. I play a tune now that is barre chord heavy and it eats my hands and I've been playing for 42 years.


Reply posted 2 months ago by Joe Thibodeau



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