What are Bar Chords?
Bar chords (or barre chords) can seem like the “Holy Grail” of guitar playing. Beginners fear them, more experienced players both love and hate them.
They’re tricky at first, but as you progress to intermediate and advanced music, you’ll find them everywhere.
**In case you don’t know, a bar chord is a chord that requires the first finger on the left hand to cover multiple strings. It could be just two strings, or it may need to press down all six strings.
This takes some special skill, a bit of strength, and a whole bushel of patience. Few people master the art of comfortable bar chords in one day. But over time, you’ll be using them fluently and without pain. This course will help.
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The Complete Course on Bar Chords
I created this course, All About Bar Chords because I am so frequently asked about them. They are incredibly helpful in playing the guitar, and eventually, most guitarists will get curious and embrace them. You’ll find them in most music at an intermediate or advanced level. And if you improvise, they are virtually essential.
Every master of guitar is well-versed in bar chords. So if you’re interested in guitar, at any level, bar chords are a worthwhile study. They’re a journey, and get easier and more flexible with time. So the sooner you start working with them, the better off you’ll be.
In This Bar Chord Course, You’ll Discover:
- What bar chords are
- What you need to know before tackling bar chords
- How to comfortably make a bar
- The 6 main “shapes” of bar chords
- How to identify chords in your music
- How to practice bar chords
- And more
With This Course, You’ll Be Able To:
- Play over 168 new chords!
- Play bar chords more comfortably
- Use less tension playing bar chords
- Identify what chord you are playing
- Memorize music more quickly
- Recognize chords in your music
- Confidently play more advanced music
- Feel stronger and more versatile
In This Course, You’ll Get:
- 25 Video Lessons
- Play-Along Practice videos
- Printable Reference Sheets
- Quizzes and Check-ins
- Lifelong access for future reference
- A system to understand how music works on the guitar
“Is This Course for Me?”
This course is for you if you already play some basic guitar, and would like to further develop your skills.
If you are just beginning, and have serious trouble just getting your fingers to go where you want them to, you may be better off waiting. You can still be a beginner and enjoy the course, just not in your first week or two of playing! (there are plenty of other things to work on!)
Whether you are interested in learning music theory and the way the guitar “works”, or if you would simply like to be better able to execute your pieces, this course will bring you forward and help you to play with more grace and a deeper understanding of the instrument.
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All About Bar Chords costs
$47 for lifetime access and all supplementary materials.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you mark lessons “complete” as you go, your progress will be saved and you can pick up where you left off.
If you need to take a break from the course (to travel, or to focus on other things), you can pick up where you left off.
Move through the lessons as slowly or as quickly as you wish.
“Have I played music using these notes?”
“Do I recognize any of the “shapes in the left hand?”
“Are there markings or techniques I don’t recognize or understand?”
“Does this piece get me excited, and just a little scared?”
Most pieces of music can be a wonderful experience for a wide range of players. If you’re a beginner, your challenge will be getting the notes and controlling your hands. If you’re a more advanced player, the notes may come more quickly, but you may need to work on playing more beautifully (phrasing, connecting the notes, balancing the voices, etc).
There is always more to learn. As long as you take your time and focus on specific challenges one at a time, you can enjoy moving forward and learning a wide variety of music.
If you would rather not leave the question as a comment, you can email me directly. I will promptly do my best to answer any questions you have.
If you feel overwhelmed, you can also email me for advice or input.
Also, if you feel like it may be too difficult, you may be able to simplify your practice. Focusing on one small aspect (such as the right hand alone) of one small section at a time is very helpful.
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