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Complete Bar Chords Course

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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I am greatly impressed by the simplistic but effective way of presenting these core lessons. I always review them every now and then and have always found them rewarding. I just cannot thank you more.” J. Makdoh

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.


“The pointers in this lesson are a real game changer for me, having struggled with getting clean sound from bar using just strength. After this lesson, in minutes, I can now repeatedly, cleanly and efficiently bar all the way to fret nine. Great lesson! Very happy!”  R. Wilson

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
…You know there are lots of classical guitar sites and teacher videos out there, but none (that I have seen) give such clear and concise explanations of what is going on, what to look for, listen to and feel. It’s a very sensitive and beautiful approach – exactly what the classical guitar is all about.”    Ben Hudson

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
Your videos are great – not too many around with so much clarity. I’m a Senior Lecturer so I appreciate anyone who takes the time to make good clear instructions. Thanks to your videos it has really made me look at drills and technical work with a fresh pair of eyes – and hopefully hands!” J. Washington
Many thanks for your kind words and advice. Good music teachers, in my experience, are rare. You are beyond good. You are excellent. Truly you are a gifted teacher, and I’m thankful for having found you on the internet.” F. Anthony

“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.


Nobody has ever explained the bar chord in this way and you make it so easy to understand how to build them. There’s many so called “guitar teachers” that would need a couple of your lessons.” F. Zetterland


Learn All About Bar Chords Today Only $47!

All About Bar Chords costs $47 for lifetime access and all supplementary materials.

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The Woodshed is a complete program to learn classical guitar.

  • Access to every course on CGS.
  • A step-by-step technique program.
  • Access to a massive library of play-along skill-building videos.
  • One-on-one feedback and support included.

The Woodshed is $49/month, billed automatically. Cancel anytime, with no contracts. Full money-back guarantee, plus keep this course for free, just for trying it. Learn more here.

After you’ve paid for the course, you can come back to this page and the modules below should be unlocked. You can view and access all your courses anytime on the My Courses page, found in the top menu bar of any page.



Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download the course videos or access offline?

Currently, videos only stream and cannot be downloaded. You will need internet access to view the videos.

Does this course include the sheet music?

Yes, you get sheet music to download and print, including standard musical notation and guitar TAB. You’ll also find the music separated into small sections for closer study, as well as any other helpful study-aids.

Are TABs included?

Yes, you get both standard musical notation and TABs PDFs to download, save, and print.

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you purchase the course, you have lifetime access. You can proceed at your own pace. You can start and stop as you wish, and know that it will always be here.

If you mark lessons “complete” as you go, your progress will be saved and you can pick up where you left off.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. There is no limit on time, and you can progress at whatever pace is most comfortable for you.

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.

How can I tell if this piece is good for my level?

As you watch the video and look and the excerpt above, ask yourself the questions:
“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.

Can I view this course on my phone or tablet?

Yes, all courses and videos will work just fine on all common devices.

What if I have questions about the course?

If you have any questions on the course, or on any of the lessons within the course, you can leave a comment on any page. (Comments on the website are best, because others can see them as well.)
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.

What if I buy this course and it's too hard for me?

If you get in over your head, that’s okay. You can return the course and get a refund, or you can keep it and come back to it later.

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.

What happens next?

If you are ready to purchase this course, you can click the purchase button above or below this text.

After you complete the checkout, you will have access to the course.

If you do not already have a username and password, one will be emailed to you. (Your username is usually your email address).

You can login at the top of any page.

Once you are logged in, you can find your courses in the “My Courses” tab at the top of any page.

To begin the course, print your materials and progress through the lessons.

If you ever have technical difficulties or something doesn’t seem to be working correctly, you can contact me and I’ll help as soon as I am able.

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14 Responses to Complete Bar Chords Course

  1. Charles Peake July 16, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    great course now I just have to learn to change from open chord to barre to another barre to open etc
    Do you have a course to help with that process? It is difficult for me to change from one chord to another and keep time.
    I am very very slow a doing so.
    Thank You
    Steve Peake

  2. Dan Thomas July 16, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

    Allen, Even though I’m logged in when I go to a course from my courses, I get all the advertising and pricing and it doesn’t show the status of the course modules. (I can access the course though.)

    • Andrew July 24, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

      Same for me , I marked them as completed but status isnt showing it. Still have access though… Good course too, very useful

      • Allen July 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

        Thank you guys for letting me know about this. I’m working on it.

    • Allen July 25, 2016 at 7:44 am #

      Hey there,
      This should be all fixed now, so you should be able to see the status and mark each lesson complete.
      Thanks much,

  3. Charles Lawrence July 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    There’s no way to check off that lessons in this course have been completed.

    • Allen July 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

      Hi Charles, You should see a orange/gold button at the bottom left of each page that says “Mark Complete”.

      All the best,

      • Charles Lawrence July 23, 2016 at 7:50 am #

        That’s just it, Allen. There is no orange/gold button for Mark Complete, at least for me. Have your web master check it out. Thanks.

        • Allen July 25, 2016 at 7:46 am #

          Thanks Charles,
          It should be all set for you now.
          Thanks for letting me know about this.
          All the best,

  4. Richard Jamsek October 2, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    I’ve paid for the Bar Cord Course. How do I find where to start?

    • Allen October 2, 2015 at 8:27 am #

      Hi Richard,
      After paying for the course, all the modules are now “unlocked”. So you can start from the top of the lesson list (“Welcome! etc”) on this page.
      To access your courses in the future, you can navigate first to the “My CGS” tab in the main menu, then the “My Courses” block.
      Good luck!

  5. Bob September 27, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    Allen – if I take the course can I proceed at my own pace? For 5 months of the year I spend camping and often do not have access to Internet. Please advise.

    • Allen September 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

      Hi Bob,
      Thanks for the question. Yes, you can access the course for as long as this website is on the world wide web. There is no time limit or requirements.
      I hope that answers your question!
      All the best,

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