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    seriousvivek is offline Beginner
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    Thumbs up Barre Chords

    Hi friends, this is from an e-book that i am posting here coz i found it very useful in my way of learning to play the barre chords, okay so here it goes :D :

    Playing a Full Bar
    We’ve seen in our previous study that the first finger of the left hand is sometimes used to cover more than one string, as in the F chord, where it is used for two strings. When the finger goes across all the strings this is known as a full bar. Somewhat illogically, anything less than a full bar is known as a half bar.

    Beginners tend to find barring difficult until the left hand has acquired a degree of strength and control. However, if the bar is done correctly it is not necessary to use great strength. As with the half bar, it is far more important to find the right position for the finger so that all the notes can sound clearly with only moderate pressure.

    Here is how to find the right position:
    1. Imagine the fret to be taller than it is, like a wall rising from the fingerboard.
    2. Imagine that you are going to lay your first finger into the corner formed by that wall and the fingerboard.
    3. Place the first finger across the strings at the third fret, just
    touching them with no pressure.
    4. Little by little, ease the finger down until you make contact
    with the fingerboard. As you do this, pass your right-hand
    thumb lightly and repeatedly across the strings. At first you
    will hear only the deadened sound of the strings damped by
    the left-hand finger. Then, as the barring finger moves into its
    position in the “corner,” the sound will become clear. At this
    point do not apply any more pressure; this is all you need.

    The other secrets to good barring are these:

    ➤ Make sure that the crease at the first joint of the finger does
    not fall on a string. Adjust the position by moving the finger
    forward or back until the crease lies between the third and
    fourth strings.

    ➤ Do not let the finger curve—this will produce deadened or
    buzzing sounds on the inside strings.

    ➤ Remember to make and keep contact with the fret. Stay in the

    I'll post da other stuff later coz i have to go now......

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    nazr is offline angel is my genital..
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    Nice, looking forward to more such tutorials.

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    quite nice post. actually i'm a beginner too and i found out barre chrds are tough but i was fyn by it. some chrds to pay are tough. for eg, in the lead intro of bechar ke bhi by call, its used to play wid the help of barre finger positions. its a real pain if ur a beginner.
    "Yes, death is strong, but look you, strongest, Stronger is music than death"
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