Sometimes the mere mention of these words strike fear in the hearts of many.
Ok, buckle up.
Are you ready?
Here it is:
I’m actually typing this on Halloween and I think that if there could be a guitar oriented horror story it could be title something like:
The Attack of the Sinister Barre Chord!
Ok, maybe not that, but you get the idea.
It can really be a pain for so many. Maybe you are one of them?
But also, I’m guessing that many of you have conquered that immense villain.
And that should be an encouragement to the rest of you because there is hope on the other side.
The real tonic to that poisonous elixir is this: practice.
Nothing can be a substitute for that very act of practicing.
But what you all should be aware of is that the amount of time needed to overcome this struggle is different for everyone.
While some may get it within days or weeks, others might take months to get it.
The key is to not give up. If you give up, you sealed your fate and gave in to that monster.
I have taught many players and see all kinds of awesome achievements.
And, if you are one of those that gets discouraged that others seem to get it quicker than you, I have news for you:
Odds are real good that there will something else on guitar that will come easier to you that others are going to struggle mightily on.
I see it all the time.
One takes a million years to get it on barre chords but finds scales are a piece of cake while another can grasp a barre chord like its breathing but can’t play a scale without immense frustration.
The key is to hang in there!
Also, if you are trying all of this on your own, it makes it that much harder.
Find a mentor, a teacher, a friend, that knows what you are going through and has the experience to help you through it.
I can’t say enough about that.
Plus, find some online videos from reputable people to show some other tips and tricks to overcome your struggles. While it isn’t the same as private instruction, it can help and often be a supplement to your private help.
I teach all the time and regularly will point to videos (some mine, some from others) that will help with whatever a student is struggling with.
Here is one video I made to help those of you a little ways into your barre chord journey. It’s a cool exercise called Zig Zag. Give it a go:
I have always felt that songs and/or riffs can be some of the most effective ways of learning and improving on guitar. Here are a couple I want to share with you. One will be mostly for all of you beginners out there. The other one is for those who want to be challenged a bit more.
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
I asked this question a few weeks ago: who doesn’t want to rock out to some Zeppelin?
Ok, even if you don’t, how about a cool lick to learn?
Jimmy Page had come up with so many great, memorable licks and songs.
Here is one that I think that even if you are a beginner, you should be able to figure it out.
It could still be a challenge for you. If so, think of it this way, when you overcome this challenge, think about how much better you will be for it!
TIP: always slow down videos that you are learning from so that you can get it right. Do it to this video if it is necessary