FORGET about BARRE CHORDS - Do THIS instead!

barre chords beginner guitar chords Dec 28, 2021


One of the most frequently asked questions from beginner guitar students is “how do I get better at barre chords”.  My answer is not typical.  My answer is to STOP learning barre chords when you are first starting out.  There are SO MANY OTHER OPTIONS OUT THERE!


Let’s first talk about the easy barre.  Instead of placing your index finger across all of the strings, plant it on the high E and the B strings.  This is easier to get in and out of a C and is easy to move up and down the fretboard.


It’s all about minimizing finger movement.  The style of song you are playing, the chord you are moving to next, and your skill level should decide which voicing of a chord to use.


One of my favorites to use is the Hendrix chord.  This is essentially an easy barre chord with your thumb wrapped around to play the bass note.  I don’t have huge hands, but this chord works for me.  It enables me to provide a lot of flair when strumming.  


There are also infinite voicings you can go to on the guitar.  Do what feels comfortable.  Let’s go over a few voicings of a simple G chord.  


So stop worrying about barre chords and pick a simple voicing based on the sign you are playing.  Trust me, you won’t miss them!  I’ve been playing guitar for over 25 years and I rarely find a barre chord is what I am needing for my song.


Let me know in the comments which voicing is your “go-to”.  If you would like to learn more about the guitar, chords, strumming, and playing along with me….  Check out my FREE mini-course at  And if you want to go deeper with me, I’ve got you covered there as well!


Happy strumming!


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