Barre Chord Problems


John2k53
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John2k53
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01/11/2013 2:34 am
I can play barre chords higher up the neck with no problems. When I get down the neck to play a C or D major barre chord using the E major shape I can never get a clean sound. Any suggestions?
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haghj500
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haghj500
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01/11/2013 2:56 am
At this point it is a strength/endurance problem. Work to make your hands stronger, buy a smaller rubber ball you can squeeze or boxer grips. Just keep at it, you will get it.
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padthaiguy
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padthaiguy
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01/22/2013 8:23 pm
I think we all suffer with this "paying your dues" part of learning the guitar. I just recently had my epiphany where with a slight adjustment of my thumb a titch lower on the back of the neck allowed for me to FINALLY have all 6 strings ringing true. I always practice too quickly and just decided to slow the heck down and look at my mechanics.

This adjustment also allowed me to realize how much "unnecessary" tension I had in my hand and when the tension was released it allowed me more flexibility and independence between all of my fingers. Baby steps.
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LisaMcC
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LisaMcC
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01/22/2013 9:23 pm
PadThaiGuy, you are right on the money.

Sometimes it is as "simple" as a slight adjustment in the way you are holding your hands or fingers.

The key is to experiment with lots of micro-adjustments, and when you are able to clear the notes up in the barre chord, make sure you pay close attention to whatever the magic adjustment was - so you can go about re-training your hand to do it that way, every time.

Good luck, all!
(barre chords give everyone trouble - you're not alone!)

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