BellyDoc wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:33 pm
My bad technique so far has at least been a huge workout, so while I learn I get stronger! For me the biggest steps forward were learning how to substitute some of the crushing force with just hand and arm weight by experimenting with doing the barre with the thumb completely free. This puts my left hand fingers in opposition to my chest instead of my thumb, and I’m stabilizing against my right arm on the body of the guitar. It’s not a solution by itself but rather an example of how to get some of the crush force reduced by distributing the force elsewhere. The other thing is that most of the time I have to maintain the barre, it’s because I’m struggling with slowly fingering out the rest of the left hand maneuvers. Once that smooths out and I can anticipate moving into-through-and-out of the barre in a reasonable amount of time, I find that the amount of force I’ve been using is way too much and it gets much easier as I learn to relax a bit.
This is not the first time I have posted on this subject and I know the technique side of making a proper barre like the finger close to the fret and the knuckles etc all great, but your post is, in part, what I was trying to communicate from Douglas Neidt's instructions all along!
Yes do the proper placement of the hand and fingers, but pull the guitar into the body and it takes much of the stress of making a barre, as you say! This way you can use a barre without the thumb in some circumstances and it will amaze you. Try something simple like Romanza (trad.).