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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 4 months ago by Edward Staib - 8 replies

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Scott Ritchie

As a beginner guitar player at age 51, I also suffered hand pain when I reached the Barre Chord Section of the course I am studying. The lesson section was broken down into two parts. The first part was all about 6th String Barre Chords and the second was about 5th String Barre Chords. Due to the pain I was having I was getting extremely frustrated (which makes for bad practices etc etc) and finally had to just step back and take a break. I learned the "take a break" advice from Steve Krenz on his live U-Stream Channel. I know taking a break will not help the original question in this thread but I may help others who find themselves struggling with a new concept. The last thing you want to do is become so frustrated with trying to learn and master a new and more challenging concept, in your path to becoming a guitar player, that you end up putting the instrument away and not picking it back up again. I set a 10 day break period and when I returned I had lost the frustration and was intent on learning and mastering the challenge of nailing the Barre Chords without suffering. I wish you success and hope you find a method that works for you.

SLR


Reply posted 1 week ago by Scott Ritchie


Have you tried alternate tunings? You would need is one finger gently placed on one of the strings. Or bar with the one finger that will not accumulate too much pain. I play bar chords till the cows come home, but I never, under any circumstances, continue playing with pain. I stop when fatigue sets in, but never play in pain. That is a no-no… If you talk to some old guitar players who played through the pain, you will stop. I also use YOGA BALLS! Best ever for hand fatigue. In less than two minutes, I am back up there bro.
Cheers Mate


Reply posted 2 weeks ago by Jim Lair


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 2 months 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 3 months ago by Linh Le



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