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I'm no good with bar chords Whould i jus go and buy a capo?

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AlbinoGuitars  
21 Aug 2006 03:30 | Quote
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I'm no good with bar chords should i use a capo or not, can anyone give me any help
137bing137  
21 Aug 2006 07:29 | Quote
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no
137bing137  
21 Aug 2006 07:30 | Quote
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u would just have to get better
hippie_cune  
21 Aug 2006 14:28 | Quote
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yeah a capo wont really help if your wanting to use barre chords..

practice making the E-chord shape without the index finger.. then lay ur index above the nut, switch between E major and A minor shapes.

get used to the feeling of that and then move your hand down to where your index finger is across 5 (with middle, ring and pinky fingers on 6, 7 and 7, respectively [the e shape]).. strum around and listen for muted notes and if needed hit each string individually to hear where you need more pressure.

after youve got those shapes down try making C major with the lower 3 fingers and laying your index above the nut again. then move on to shapes like A7 and Em7

-- a capo is more for transposing a song for its entire length, barres are just more variations of the same ol chords.

(can you not make the F major shape?)
zmazz  
21 Aug 2006 16:05 | Quote
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try putting more pressure on your thumb behind the fretboard.. not really sure if it'll work but i beliveve thats how i did it before.. and just keep on practicing, eventually your left hand (or right hand, if ur a lefty.. c",)will gain strength as u go on..
AlbinoGuitars  
22 Aug 2006 01:52 | Quote
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Thaks guys
I'll try press harder adn get more strengs in my thinb and i'll try your stuff Hippie Cone. I can't do F major yet.
luckyhubbie  
23 May 2007 10:11 | Quote
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Pqlaying the e with my 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers helped but also playing A 577600 and the B 799800 made me move my index finger into the correct position and after time I could barre much easier.
blackholesun  
23 May 2007 16:44 | Quote
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No definately not! Capos are the easy way out really, which may be good in the short term but you've got to learn to barre at some point. Barre chords were really hard to me, and most players I think, to learn as well.

I think a good idea is to practice barring all 6 strings across a fret, say the 8th fret. If every note rings out clearly (play each string seperately) then that is the correct pressure you should use. Then you can add extra fingers to fret the E major shape, although at the 8th fret it is C major.
BigHoney  
3 Jun 2007 16:51 | Quote
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Playing those Bar chords is really good for the muscles around your neck-hand thimb. If you're getting cramps practicing, you're doing it right, no matter your playing level. Playing music is like playing a sport. Good performance comes from relaxed muscles going to tense muscles, and you have to get past mashing down so hard on the strings to relax, and that's what happens when those muscles get stronger. Good hand position really helps a lot...you goal should be to make the back of your hand (from knuckles to wrist) as close as possible to the same plane as the front of the fingerboard. Check out any good classical player's hand position. You can modify it to suit your need later after you understand how much more efficient it is. This brings your thumb down on the neck, which forces those muscles into play. The Capo should be used mainly to get a folksy, open chord, sound anywhere on the guitar
radium88  
5 Jun 2007 06:16 | Quote
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Hey best of luck with the bar chourds,
i agree with wat the other guys have been saying. i found barr chourds super hard but now i'm getting better, yay! u might also look at wat guitar u r playing on. how hard are the strings to push in the first place? maybe try playing on a easyer guitar like a noylon string for example. at least so u can notice some results early and feel good about ur self (it's not shallow it's good to make a sound u like), then work up to a thick metal string accoustic or even slide guitar. by the way wat are the thingys slide guitar players put on their fingers to help them slide along strings?

yeah any way good luck
blackholesun  
5 Jun 2007 07:52 | Quote
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they are called slides lol. they cost about 5, which is about $10. they go on to one of your fret hand fingers, usually the 3rd finger. you can get different types, which have different advantages for different guitars. i have a steel slide, but to be honest, i very rarely use it. to play in tune you have to position the slide DIRECTLY over the fret you want, rather than behind it.
radium88  
16 Jun 2007 10:04 | Quote
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lol sliders! nice! thats like $20 Austrailan, DOUH!. but when ur country's GREAT at cricket i sapose having a weak Currency isn't that bad. lol. have any of u guys heard of John Butler. He's an awesome slide guitar player form Australia. i love my counrty. can u tell?


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