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Beginner Guitar Lesson: Barre Chords

Find the chord charts at This lesson will teach you several techniques that will make barre chords easier to play. A barre chord is a chord where the first finger is barring across several strings. Proper placement and technique can help eliminate muted notes or extra stress on your left hand. We’ll cover four different shapes of barre chords by learning how to play G, Gm, C, and Cm. You can move the shapes up and down the neck to play chords in different keys.

25 Responses to Beginner Guitar Lesson: Barre Chords
  1. Thomas Lowe
    October 7, 2012 | 7:42 pm

    ABout the best tip i can offer as im a beginner myself at this is make sure your thumb is? in the middle of the neck, and you pop you wrist out as far as it go on the ones that require that, on others you need to shift your wrist down instead of out, but yeah practice practice practice for atleast an hour i found a barr chord chart online that has a bunch of them and its helping me hope i helped someone out there

  2. masakomajideikunone
    October 10, 2012 | 11:48 pm


  3. Lesley Noden
    October 13, 2012 | 9:56 am

    You sound like forrest gump? 😀

  4. Ridgeracer10
    October 16, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    Oh i remember this video, have? been playing for a year now and let me tell you guys dont give up on barre chords. Yes it probably is painfull but keep trying and you will get it. I promise you

  5. Ridgeracer10
    October 16, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    Good luck to? everyone

  6. mandyk1996
    October 16, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    I have trouble cause my hands? don’t really fit well with the guitar i think i need a half fret guitar

  7. Simon Harris
    October 20, 2012 | 8:39 am

    Same here, I just bought a guitar today and decided the first song? I would learn would be “End Credits by Chase & Status ft Plan B” & what do you know it is 3 barre chords!! But the more I practice the better it sounds!

  8. Thomas Lowe
    October 20, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    I tell ya what? though, i checked out some accoustic guitars yesterday and they are alot harder to make complex shapes on, atleast for my hand shape, for me personally i find electric guitars to be way easier, but definatly always try to pop your wrist out as far as you can comfortably it feels really awkward at first but the more you practice the more it will start to feel normal, not going to lie to lie to you it hurts atfirst

  9. strumpluckstrike
    October 20, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    I’m a sixteen year old girl and my hands are too small to do barre chords. I’m trying to do B minor but there are no alternatives except barre chords.? What should I do?

  10. Aniket Ketkar
    October 20, 2012 | 10:09 pm

    i hav been trying? this for past six months and cudnt do it…but this video just did it for me!! thanks man!

  11. bjclothier1
    October 21, 2012 | 1:09 am

    I’m a 14 year old boy, and I’m going to tell you this straight out. When I first learnt B Minor, the only way I could play it was to do is switch from open chords to the barre chord when? I switched from D to Bm. Try your best with the barre chord. It is easier for Bm.

    And btw, the neck widths of guitars from biggest to smallest are: Classical > Acoustic > Electric. If you are playing classical it’s the biggest/hardest stretch to reach the low E string. The electric is opposite to that.

  12. aikawaringo
    October 23, 2012 | 8:21 pm

    I hate barre chord, What should I do? :((
    My index? finger is just too short, not straight and weak to barre the fret.
    I’ll try your lesson once I get home today, wish me luck! xD

  13. Sarah Padilla
    October 23, 2012 | 9:56 pm

    I’m 14.. And omfg. At this moment, I? dislike Barre chords. I need to keep practicing.. But when I do on my own, I mess up big time, but when I with my teacher(Mikey), I’m like freakin good. Idk. This video does help alot tho(:

  14. xxczerxx
    October 28, 2012 | 7:40 am

    Yeah, they definitely become easier once you know the amount of? pressure you need in your first finger to make all the notes sound right. But just keep slow at first and make sure it sounds clean and you’ll get em in no time!

  15. megamed04
    October 28, 2012 | 8:23 am


  16. StarStrellaStar
    November 5, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    I wanna learn barres so bad, but all it does is hurting my hand until i can’t move? it anymore… :/

  17. blinkfanable
    November 6, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    when you play? a g-minor is your g-string suppose to be muted?…..

  18. vikydoodle
    November 6, 2012 | 8:39 pm

    No, all the strings? should be played.

  19. Simon Harris
    November 7, 2012 | 8:31 am

    TO ANYONE WHO IS STRUGGLING: LISTEN CLOSELY TO HIS ADVICE & YOU WILL GET IT, I was? trying for ages to get a good sound from a barre chord, having to put ridiculous amounts of pressure in order to get any sound. All I had to do was roll my finger a little and then I didn’t have to put so much pressure on. I also put sellotape around the middle part of my index finger which seems to help at the moment.

  20. ragefire1221
    November 17, 2012 | 6:31 am

    I? can do it but I can’t switch fast.

  21. amberdragon8
    November 17, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    Just keep trying. It does get? easier. Make sure you are playing on the side of your index finger (side closest to your thumb) and not the squishy front part (part visible palm up). That was my biggest difficulty. Good lucky!

  22. Carmel Canavan
    November 19, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    Great tips thank you so much! I’m a beginner and I find ( or used to find) barre chords impossible! just watching 3 mins of your video I finally got it!! Thanks! I’ll go watch the other half now? haha

  23. rickywaveyross
    November 21, 2012 | 11:38 am

    your? a legend

  24. MrPizzaman65
    November 22, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    Hmm, kinda sounds like Mr.? Rodgers

  25. dugib
    December 3, 2012 | 6:31 am

    This video was very? useful, thanks 😀

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