I thought you might be able to help me. I've never had any problems with bar chords before; but, as I get older and the fingers are swelling, the half-barred positions cause problems when the strings are in the cracks behind the knuckles. Any suggestions?Tom Poore wrote:This is easier to demonstrate in person than to describe in a written article. I ought to make a short video. Someday I’ll get around to it.
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Saw David Russell describe this in a masterclass. I’ve been teaching it ever since to students who are beyond the first stage of learning bar chords.Luis_Br wrote:Another useful exercise is to learn finger 1 nodes independence. I mean, learning to press only tip, or only in the middle, or only in the base of the finger, while releasing/relaxing the other parts of the same finger. This enhances internal control for minimum required pressure for each bar part, both enabling applying pressure more to the required parts, or also giving more kinaesthetic perception and control when full bar is required. You have to feel the different pressure each string requires. Like in this F chord example, you can press strings 1 and 2 with finger 1 base, release finger 1 center (maybe arch it a bit if your finger is long) and press string 6 only with the tip.
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