I recently saw that video, and at least in my case, it did me no more good than any other barre chord advice I have ever tried out. No matter what I do, I never get much more from barre chords than dull thuds and plunks and buzzes, and I have been playing for years. It wasn't much of a problem when I played beginner's pieces, but it is now severely limiting my progress.RobertPavich wrote:there are some good tips on Kevin's site guitar69.com specifically for this issue. They helped me in that exact same spot.
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If I do that, it means I am no longer following the advice in the video, and that is one reason for my constant confusion on this point: I get contradictory pieces of advice from various teachers and expert players.Prominent Critic wrote:Try what I said in my original post.
I doubt whether that is a problem: my guitar is one of those rather cheap ones that already have very low tension strings, and a few other people who have tried it out had no problem at all playing on it.Apart from that, you might consider having the action lowered, and/or using low tension strings.
I find my second finger does this almost automatically, at least when I am playing an actual piece of music instead of just practicing barres (I am trying out Sor's B minor study at the moment, and cannot manage any of the barres in it properly). I am now working on trying not to make that mistake, but I find that without that second finger I cannot get a single clean note out of the barre.GorillaStrum wrote:I watched this video... the instructor has some good points.
I think that it is important to focus on the arm... it's not a "pull", it's a "set" (a slight adjustment toward your elbow to apply pressure) when you place your index finger on the fretboard set you arm/elbow position and stop pulling. When placing your finger on the fretboard, be consistent (Same thing, every time) and try not to use your second finger to add additional pressure, this only alters the position of your hand (you'll need your 2nd finger for something else).
The above seems to confirm to me that contrary to an often expressed opinion, a certain amount of strength and stamina in the hand IS in fact a factor, and one needs to work on that as well.Don't adjust your knuckle except when performing a half barre. I understand the frustration and I see it many times a month with my students, but it WILL come. When your arm/hand gets tired, stop, walk away and come back... attempting to learn a barre chord with a tired arm/hand does no good.
Yep, that's what is going to happen unless you do the one thing that no-one seems to be advising - get a teacher! You need one-to-one help with this to get at the root of your problems. Even if you have to travel, its worth it to sort out basics. i used to make a two hour trip for flamenco lessons and would happily do the same again if need be.brianvds wrote: I have been practicing that bit for almost a year now and can still not get it right. Thus I see long hours of very frustrating practice ahead...
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