Probably the biggest hurdle most guitar players go through is learning how to consistently play the barre chord shapes and actually get the notes to ring out.

I’ve finally figured out, after many years of doing it “the old way,” that if I turn it around and start with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers instead of starting with the barre, it works a whole lot better.

So check out the video, this is a youtube embed so it should work on most platforms. And there are downloads below. Please leave comments or share on facebook if you like it.


    314 replies to "Barre Chord Starter"

    • Pihka

      Greetings from Finland,
      Thank you. Great lesson. This is the first time I heard the tip to place other fingers first and then the bar finger.
      I started using that method right away.

    • Anton

      This is awesome Griff. I would love advise of using the ‘A Shape’ to do major chords with the root note on the 5th string.

      Thanks again.

    • Stan

      Thanks Griff, you’re the greatest.

    • Mr. Music

      Hey Grif, I’m a long-time member and fan of your teachings. This is a great approach to bare chords and a simplified methodology for what I lovingly call “chord entanglement,” a method of mixing chords together in tangible phrasing. I truly enjoy your teaching methods because they are easy to follow and a direct approach. In truth, the only thing I’m missing is Grif’s Country Crash Course! What’s the matter there pardner? Don’tcha like countree?
      Your Faithful Fan
      Mr. Music

    • jean dominique

      I particularly like the trick of being able to play the minors without having to struggle . Thanks for this valuable video.

    • Pan Head

      Wow great tutorial Griff. The best explanation I have seen on forming bar chords. Thanks for doing it.

      • PAUL

        wow Griff, before i got into you with\BGU, that’s all i played, until you showed me how to play little cords. Bieng i was the rtyhum guitar player in many bands and once in a while did a solo, now i feel like poor Eric Clapton, his left hand has nerve damage, and it’s hard to use the finger to bar accross the fretboard. so i got a finger exiser and use my finger to push all four buttons down, to build up the strength.
        i’ll stick to the little cords for now. thank, Griff.

    • Stephan Cotton

      Thanks Griff. Very common-sense approach to barre chords. Might even make MINE sound like music!

    • Calude

      Hi Griff
      Great lesson.
      It realy demistify the barre chords for me.
      They are now a lot less intimidating.
      A beginner’s point of view.

    • Brian

      When I first learned about barre chords, thought great learn the notes on strings 5 and 6. Then have major and minor chords done. Oh the naivety!

      Even when done correctly there is a definite, but subtle, difference in tonal quality compared to the same open chord.

      Even tried the barre chord using a capo as a substitute for the barre finger, but still didn’t give the same tonal quality as an open chord.

      This was played on a mid range acoustic guitar, so might be guitar dependent(?)

      • Walt

        My difficultly In playing Barre has been the fault of two people!

        #1- My guitar teacher who taught me to push my entire first finger down on the fret across all six strings and insisted on player no it that way!

        #2- Me for believing him!! In the last two weeks I’ve seen your video and another instructor’s and seen that you both teach using the index finger the same way!

        It has been a real revelation to me!

        Thanks so much!

    • John mann

      I remember when I first tryed these,thought I’d never get it! But its worth it in the end makes every thing so much easier! But I find it much easier to start off by using I mini bar across the E & B strings & play a partial chord, just to make the change quicker, then bring my first finger up to make the bar after, or just bring my thumb over to get the low note, it just feels more natural to me to lead with my first finger!

    • mike

      I love to play barre chords. It’s like you said you can play a LOT of songs. A guy showed me years ago and it was awesome once i learned.You can vary them tons of ways and make all kinds of different sounds.Knowing your bottom string you can figure out a lot of songs and start Jammin! so all of you who think its hard it’s well worth it! Later Gator

    • Jon

      I’ve been in the later category since I started playing. This works way better. Now I can work on getting it up to speed. Thank you.

    • Hotrod

      Great lesson! thanks Griff.

      What I realised with barré chords was that I was trying to lay my first finger in a perfectly straight line at right angles to the FB and at the same time I was trying to keep it “face down” and flat, perhaps because that’s the way it looks in chord diagrams! Then I realised that if I held my first finger on its side slightly and curved very slightly, just like Griff does in fact in this video, the whole thing became more “doable”. By laying the other fingers down first it forces you to adopt that position with the first finger.

      Rod in Ottawa

    • Legoge47

      At my recent Guitars for Vets class the instructor taught this technique of barring chords with the middle, ring and pinky first then placing the index finger afterwards. It does seem to work better than the other way!😀

    • John

      Great timing. My French brother-in-law called round last week and attempted to explain this very thing to me, in French. Naturally, I looked wise and nodded a lot. Now, with a bit of luck, next time he comes around he will think he got through to me!
      Well explained, as always.

    • ChrisGSP

      Hi Griff, you touched on something in this video that I’ve been meaning to bring up – when you raised the guitar up to demonstrate how easy it is to get that left-hand position with the guitar higher than holding it in your lap. Most of us, when we are playing live, play STANDING UP. And the guitar is possibly held higher that way (unless you’re Jimmy Page with it down around your knees!).
      What I wanted to bring up is – Maybe you can give us a lesson standing up? And maybe compare the guitar position to sitting down? I think many students would benefit from some guidance on how to actually hold the guitar.

      • Alban

        Hi Griff barre cords have been haunting me for a while. Thanks for this lesson.

        • Jeff McDonald

          If y’all are old enough to remember George Harrison, he strapped his guitar higher than most other guitarists, which gave him that raised guitar that Griff was talking about. It’s served me well over the last 50 years, as I don’t have very large hands.

    • Michael Chappell

      Hey Griff,
      This is a great lesson and a good refresher. When I started BGU I was halted by the Bar Chord lesson… I had to go away from it and just keep practicing the Bar Chords before I could advance. Then I got side tracked learning other BGU Lessons in courses and then Purchased BGUv2. Now back on track again.
      But I reckon the HARDEST BAR CHORD is when you play a Blues in Key of E and you arrive at the B7 that is a very big stretch 2nd Fret to 6th Fret with the Pinky but you showed us this one recently and I am practicing that stretch. The simple way out is Play your Blues in A7th as the 1 chord then D7 1V and then E7 V. but not everyone wants to sing in A…. All good. Great lesson.

      Michael-Sydney- Australia

    • Charles Robinson

      Hello, Griff, say I have been wanting to ask you why? you didn’t make a video on tuning up your guitar, I could use one in the worst way. give it some thought

    • nut

      Great as usual, Griff! Thanks for these useful hints.
      It’s good to be able to obtain reinforcement of ideas with a gunn player.

    • Len

      Heh Griff,You make it look so easy,thanks

    • Paul

      Great lesson., Griff
      A tip to help with bar chords. Roll your index ( your Barring finger) finger against the fret as you are pushing down on the fingerboard with it.
      Hope this helps.

    • Patrick Matthews

      Thanks for that advice with the wrist

    • Mark Wales uk

      Cheers Griff
      For the advice my problem with bar chords is with the major chord with the root on the fifth string

      • john newman

        I have the same problem, especially moving from an open chord to a barre with a 5th string root. The solution I stumbled upon completely by accident is to keep your fingers as close to the strings as possible when moving from open position to 5th string barre. I don’t know why it works but it does – if I lift my hand too much my fingers seem to get lost, but if I am almost touching the strings when I move my hand my fingers seem to somehow form the major position by themselves. After that it’s just practice, practice and more practice. hope this helps.

        • Mark Wales uk

          Cheers John
          For the advice

    • billy"guitar"

      As always awesome the method makes all the sense in the world now practice practice practice the Griff RIP BB KING

    • Guitardogg

      Too many comments to read them all, but great instruction, as usual! One of my early guitar mentors taught me the importance of the barre chord. One of the bands I play in is a church band, and many songs are in Eb or Bb, or in F, where the 4 is a Bb. I can easily play in all those keys without a capo, cause barre chords have set me free!

    • Gerald Irwin

      Great video. You are a real guitar teacher. I am still zizzing the strings which are under the crease in my index finger, but small (old) hands can do only so much.

      Great stuff.

      • Jeff

        Griff, Nice example of how to play bar chords. In one of your courses you mentioned starting with a basis E shape cord using your 2,3,4 fingers, thus allowing your 1st finger to make the bar as you slide your E shape down the fret board.
        Just some additional info to help anyone learning Bar chords.
        I have most of your courses from Blues Guitar Unleashed,Beginning Blues Guitar,Austic Delta Blues Slide Guitar,Acoustic Guitar Unleashed,Soloing Without Scales,Blues Gig In A Box,Strumming & Rythem Mastery.
        Love your work but would ask if possible not only for myself but maybe for the other follower’s of your lessons that you could include the name of each bar chord and also the count per measure.
        Griff, I have viewed heaps of music lessons over the internet and most are not worth the money….But in your case your course’s are up there with the best and are worth investing in.
        But in saying this,if you could up the level of your courses to include strumming patterns and the count per measure in all your courses…. You would have the the best courses for any beginner or upcoming blues guitarist that money could buy.

        Thanks again

    • Greg Pace

      Been playing barre chords for a while and it took me a long time to get fast enough to use them so the tip about placing fingers first then the barre may be the trick. But when I play a song with all barre chords my arm nearly falls off by the end but it is slowly getting easier. Thanks Griff

    • GOZ

      Your teaching is top notch and easy to follow. Thank you for what you give to the guitar playing world.

    • John Billingsley

      Thank you for answering my e-mail concerning barre chords. I think this will help a lot.

    • Marc

      Great video very helpful. Can you do another demonstrating 5 string barre chords showing major ,minor ,suspended and the 7ths.
      Thank u

    • Paul Hachey

      Well done Griff; you have a way about your teaching that makes me WANT to practice, even when I don’t WANT to practice!!! I look forward to any lessons that come, anxious to LEARN!! Thanks a lot. Be Happy & Healthy & keep em coming!!

      • PAUL Dragotto


    • LouisVA

      Finally, a lesson that was NOT NEEDED by me. Barre chords with the “e-shape” including the minor chord made by simply shifting down one string is so ingrained that I do not have to think. It’s as if I have hand memory. Where I do need help is in fingering some of the other chords using a barre such as Maj 7th chords, 9th chords, etc. I’d love to see more lessons that cover the above mentioned. Thanks so much, Griff!


      HELLO again GRiff your Lesson is just awesome well explained & shown thank you from an old 70 year student of yours young at heart & fingers work well thanks to your excercises & programs.

    • kingbee

      Someone asked to see the “F” chord barred. Just move the “G” barred chord down one whole step to the first fret, and you have the barred “F” chord. Someone else asked for tab to see what the “pinky” is doing when the barred chord is mover up the fret board: the chord shape (strings being fingered) never changes for a major chord (G,A,B,C,D,E,F,) the fingering remains the same, moving the barr chord up and down the neck is all that changes. Also, if you start with an “Am” on the first fret, move up one fret and place your barr, you have an “A” sharp minor, move up one fret you have a “Bm”, and so on. The strings you finger does not change for all the minor chords up and down the fret board. Therefore the string your “pinky” is fingering in the open chord position (first fret) does not change when you apply the barr all up and down the fret board. The hardest chord shape for most is the barred “B” chord and “B”flat. But thats for on down the road.

      • Brian

        Yep agree the barred B is the tricky one i.e. The majors on the 5th string

    • Rick Brown

      I was not able to download the wmv version. I tried to download the mp4 but it just brought up the video playing. I just downloaded it with a program I have to download you tube videos. I will convert it to wmv when I get home. I recall the video you and Marty Schwartz did three or four years ago on barre chords. Thanks for revisiting this subject again. I have been playing a long time and although I can play barre chords I am far from comfortable with them.

      • Griff

        Sorry… I fixed the WMV link now. IF your browser just brings up the MP4 version just go to File -> Save and save the page and that will save the video if that’s what is on the page.

    • Eric

      You have a lot of comments here so I don’t know if this was mentioned. The first finger when you barre, is only playing the 1st,2nd and 6th strings on a major chord, and not all six strings. This helped me when I started putting the pressure on 1,2 and 6 strings. Thanks for the tips Griff.

      • JohnA

        But if you are fingerpicking a tune, you’d better have the other strings covered with the barre for when you lift fingers 2, 3 or 4.

    • Sal Guerrero

      Normally files download with no problem but I can’t get it to download today Griff? Says no file…


    • Mark Kaplan

      Thanks for the tips – one thing I noticed is that in addition to keeping the thumb vertical, it helps to keep it in line with the index finger – seems to require less pressure that way to keep good tone and which helps if your thumb joint tends to be sore from arthritis/over use

    • Keef

      Griff: As always, you arre the man!

    • Kevin P

      Thanks, that lesson was very helpful. I always spend so much time trying to get that perfect sound from a Barr chord and it becomes very frustrating. This makes it much more easier.

    • Roland

      OMG this is very helpful struggling with the damn barre chords,
      very happy thank you Griff.

    • geoff

      Gday griff, your help is all ways appreciate, cheers

    • Chara

      As soon as you commence to understand frequent chord progressions then you can adapt these chords by slightly varying
      their shape.

      • Mary Chris

        Hey Griff I noticed that you did an After midnight riff during this lesson. Any chance you could teach the rhythm for the song. I’v been working on this and struggling

        Great lesson BTW

    • Three Finger Phil

      Griff. Thanks for this. I too have been struggling with the barre cords.First, I had to figure out what minor or 7th cord rings almost the same and play that instead of the major, being a three fingered player. But I’m still too slow with the changes. I hope this lesson kicks my playing back into gear. T.F.P.

    • Ricky Pisano

      I learned on an electric guitar when I was a kid. The funny thing is I learned the barre chords FIRST!! A huge turning point in my playing was when I figured out that I could change chords without having to move my fingers…but just slide from fret to fret to change the chords or key. It was SO huge that I still remember the moment I realized it. So…as a result I struggled with OPEN chords much more.

      • LouisVA

        Same here, Ricky. I go out of my way to avoid the open chords with the exception of A, E, Am, and Em.

    • Jim

      I sort of agree with Keymoss. But then again, teachers have to learn to teach as well so as long as everyone improves, then we’re going in the correct direction.
      The barre cords were like lesson 1 and I just didn’t get them so I skipped around and went back to you-tube to get better at the major / minor chords.
      But some of this should help…especially the knee above the waist and thumb pointing up. Maybe I can get back on track w/ BGU after some practice.

      Thanks Griff! These videos are a nice supplement to the course.

    • Glenn47

      One of my difficulties is my thumb keeps extending horizontal to the guitar’s neck instead of vertical! Also it seems easier to do as you showed us in this video to place fingers two, three, and four before placing the index finger on the barre. Thanks for that tip!


      I’ve been suggling for months to do Barre cords.Why oh why did you not show
      us in the beging this lesson and one more thing why dont u put up the tabs? because I have great difficulty in following what your fingers are doing especially the pinky.
      One very unhappy subscriber.
      kiond regards Cockney Arthur.

    • Phil G Blues

      Nice one Griff, you put it into a perspective all though one may no how to do what your doing already, TA!

      • Paul W UK

        I have BBG and BGU courses and love your teaching – do some more stuff with Marty maybe? Barre chords always an issue for me (small fat fingers!).

        I think the 4:47 chord progression is more ‘After Midnight’ by JJ Cale rather than Radiohead, isn’t it?

    • Alan

      could you show the F cord barred?

    • Glenn Lego

      One of the chord progressions reminded me of Otis Redding “Sitting on the Dock Of The Bay.” Thanks for this lesson on barr chords!

      • Len Jamiol

        I concur, Glenn. First song that I thought of too.

    • jim shannon

      yes,very helpful video and lesson,griff,thanks ,,,barre chords are my downfall so far ,although they’re getting better especially with the tips youve given here,,thanks again

      • tony

        I drove my one guitar teacher crazy by not using my forth and fifth fingers in the positions that they should be in . I play with them switched . dont know why i do this but i still cover the strings . playing the guitar on the left leg is actually the right way to play it . over the right is not that comfortable as far as i can tell . it seems relaxed but its not . try it over the left leg and elevate it . to sum it all up do what is comfortable for you.

    • PAUL


      • TT

        Lower caps please

    • Paul

      To quote paul “The chord progression reminded me of Radiohead ‘Creep'”,

      same here 🙂

    • Ron Carlson

      Great Lesson! What is the strum pattern at 4:47 in the video? when you show to move the chords down the fret board. Thanks

    • Bernard Most

      Excellent in content and delivery. Thanks.

    • brian

      Griff,I find your approach to beginner to be the very best. Thank You So Much, Your the Master at your Craft. And it’s appreciated.

    • Peter McGlone

      Once again great stuff … everyone else I have probs with Barre chords.



    • Chris Cummings

      These chords have always been my nemesis. I hate them with a passion!!
      However, this has really helped, Griff.
      I will not let them beat me.

    • John Roach

      Thanks Griff, That has given me a lot of useful tips regarding bar chords both major and minor.


      Thanks Griff , and I see some one else found that you can play Dock of the Bay with this .



    • tony thompson

      top lesson griff spend time on this is well worth doing major step thank you

    • Hal

      I could not open or download the WMV

      • Kent Smith

        The WMV would not download for me either

    • Ken Hotz


      Thanks! This is good stuff. Technique, especially for Barre Chords is so important and they can be so frustrating.

    • sam

      Hi Griff, I’ve been trying to do barre chords since I took up the guitar which is only since end of Jan 2013. I just gave up out of frustration but, I just watched your video & played along & surprise surprise I have just played my first barre chord, not to good but its a start which I thought I would never conquer, so well done for the advice & tuition, brilliant.

    • Clinton Wallace

      I am a beginner. This will help me so much in being able to play and meet my goal. I want to be able to play jazz, rock, country and the blues with anybody by spring. in just learning this free lesson I feel I am on my way to meeting my goal. My wife and grown children don’t believe that I can accomplish this. I have an accoustic electric and an electric guitar. I have meet so many people at the guitar center who have encouraged me to practice, practice, practice. I try to practice a half hour a day to learn the scale. This is excellant

    • Keith

      Excellent advise Griff. I haven’t picked up a guitar in earnest for years, but used to play on stage in the seventies is England.

      The biggest problem we had, apart from sore finger tips was crams in the left hand.

      Any advise on that one.



      • Patrick

        Relax your fingers between chords. Keep your fingers barely touching the strings and press down again to play it again. It’s a tip from Griff.

    • Paul

      The chord progression reminded me of Radiohead ‘Creep’

    • Derek Young

      Hi Grif Excellent lesson – this has helped me a lot, many thanks.

    • Dean

      you are the man

    • Ron

      I liked the video but I couldn’t download it. I was trying to download in the WMV format but it just wouldn’t download, got any suggestions?


      Wonderful, wonderful, priceless, now I need time, and another wrist and forearm. Kidding. The strength will come with time. Years ago when I first started had you been my neighbor Arm strength wouldn’t be an issue. Now however after about 5 minutes I have to stop because it hurts. Maybe the lifting up could do the trick. You are a wonderful man for going into you instructions with this helpful detail. Thank You That saying about old dogs and new’s not true. HAGD.

    • peter

      hi just to say, how good your tutorials are. Ive been ill for 6 months ,so ive got a lot to catch up on .the bar chords are very helpful. Cant wait to start playing your tutorials etc ,keep on sending them .Icertainly recommend them to friends .Thanks again peter.

    • Kevin

      Griff, you certainly know “how” to make things a LOT easier! I’m so glad I found your site! Griff, once again Thank You……………….keep Rockin man!

    • Ron Rehse

      Thanks Griff , All I can say is WOW ,so simple and sounds so good .

    • Friend -

      I must say; Barre chords make more sence now than they did in 70’s when I tried to learn them!
      I never knew how much pressure to put on index finger and all i ever got was a thud; so I scrapped Barre chords. Although when i played Bass, my knowledge of them helped me to follow on Bass. I mostly like Bass now; but I don’t want to forget what I know on rhythm guitar. I am 75. I hav a few friends i play with. we don’t consider ourselves talented, but we enjoy our music.
      Rose from Wash.

    • bob

      Thanks, this is a lot of help.

    • roger

      I have struggled with this so much,maybe because i have fingers like bananas,but this method certainly easier for me.

      thanks for all the advice you give Griff

    • Rock'n Ronnie

      I have had trouble for years getting enough pressure on the barre mainly due to arthritis. Your method has made it easier. I have got away using what I call inside chords so thanks for the tip.

    • Francis Mercuri

      This is out of the park on time. I was struggling with lesson 3 BGU and decided to set the first 3 fingers for the bar and then lay the bar last. I wasn’t to sure but it was working. Having this vid come along reassured myself that I choose correct and am on cloud 9 . Thanks for these follow up instructionals Griff they are like having you assist with the course . It is a great reinforcement.

    • Peter Watson BSc

      Hi Rick, it seems to be a psychological thing that applies to most chords, especially ‘C’ – the hand stretches more easily away from the body than towards it – the same as giving and generosity. Even starting with the pinky as anchor works best – a bit like the trim-tab on the rudder of a big ocean liner.

    • Jack

      Thanks for the insight – especially the point about the knee/neck position – it really does make it easier to get things ringing out. Incidentally what should the hand position be for the D / Dm C7 shapes? I find my thumb tends to want to point back up the neck.

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    • Jim H

      Nice…I’ve been trying to find a way to teach barre chords to my wife. This works! Thanks!

    • John P Caines

      Hi Griff, Nice lesson as always I do have your Beginning Blues Guitar Book and the lesson of Straight Down 6th Ave as you no are all barre chords which are good to practice and it has a nice arrangement, Thanks Griff . John. (spain)

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    • Gibo

      I was just thinking about this the other day,was going to suggest it to you. I learned how to play the E chord with my 1nd 2rd 3th fingers and bared with with the 4th and learned to play a ton of songs. So this is a great lesson Griff your students will love this once they get it down. My sisters boyfriend taught me to play when I was layed up with a broken leg,she bought me my first Guitar and he show me this and many other chords like playing the A chord with my 2nd finger and sliding it down and bar all 6 strings with my 4th to play chords all down the neck.

    • Paul Warner

      When I first started on guitar the hardest chord I had trouble with was the F chord where you cover the two high noted strings with your first finger, and I have scars on my finger to give you an idea of how bitchin’ of a time I had with that chord, so when I found out about barre chords which did come relatively easy for me it was a life saver in playing that chord. Even now I still struggle a little in forming the F chord the old way. Barre chords are magic when you get fast and good at using them. Very good lesson Grif.

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      Thanks Griff, well explained, I’m surprised no one else has explained it this way.

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    • Byron

      Hey thanks Griff, still struggling with those darned barre chords, but hopefully this lesson should make it a lot easier

    • Mary

      “Barre chord starter ” a HUGE help. Especially placing the non-barre fingers first and, perhaps even more helpful, raising the leg on which the guitar rests to be sure knee is higher than hip – made barre chords immediately easier, thank you!!!!

    • RandyKguitar

      day 5 — one more note — when I play and practice at home I hardly ever use a pick most days — I decided to use a pick this evening — may have some bearing on my success

    • RandyKguitar

      day 5 — WOW! I tried something different this evening. before trying the barre chords I tried a couple of songs our worship team will be doing this Sunday first. And maybe it was because I played something else first, it was my best night yet for barre chords! I was surprised when I went from G (which I can usually start well) to B to C to A that all strings run out clearly — as I got a bit more into it and my arm started to get tired it deteriorated a bit — but I did it!!!

      Griff this is great!

      When i left my day 4 comment yesterday, I was pretty sure it would take a long time. I know I am not there yet but am encouraged!

    • RandyKguitar

      day 4 — I am sticking with it — unfortunately today did not feel that I was making progress but hoping soon to go farther — thank yoiu

    • RandyKguitar

      I will admit it. This is hard! But I am trying to focus on where this is going to take me. And that makes me want to move on. I have been using a tool at to help me get the positions on the fretboard – focusing on the 6th string as it lets me do. This along with knowing where to look for the root of the barre chord is helping me move forward.

      Thank you Griff.

      When my 30 days (or however long it takes) to get this shape ringing clearly, what do you suggest for next steps with barre chords?

    • JimR

      I will try your method since I’ve tried just about every other method to learn to play barre chords. Plus, the problems that I have with barre chords is that my wrist hurts when I try playing them after a while, rather attempting to play barre chords, and I feel myself pressing real hard with my thumb against the back of the guitar neck just to finger the notes. How can I avoid the pain in my wrist?

    • RandyKguitar

      Day 2 — I am getting success sometimes — and using the first four chords, G, B, C, A, repeated — it is starting to sound like Dock of the Bay — so even though I have a long way to go — it is a start — and who knows, maybe I will lick this Barre Chord barrier that I believe has kept me from moving on in my playing – it has not been hurting like previous attempts — sure it is getting a bit unpleasant but sticking to around 10 minutes with each attempt seems best for me now.

      Really big thanks! I am looking forward to moving ahead.

      Can you imagine getting started with different things and whenever barre chords is the next step not going ahead? — seems like where I have been for a l-o-n-g time.

    • RandyKguitar

      wow — I have been trying to get barre chords — one set of lessons I had indicated to me that I needed to have the barre straight and no turning — my arm hurt so much that I had to choose continue playing without barre chords or suffer. so I stopped my pursuit. I had a lesson recently that let me do the barre but not so much the other fingers. Your video is great — I am hoping for a breakthrough — reading some comments below — I hope to spend the two 15 minute session a day — and see where I am one month from now — thank you

    • Merlin

      My computer was down for a while; it really erks me to be shut-out like that.
      I get that old sinking feeling, (from falling behind), that I encountered in University.
      However, with super-high-quality instruction like this, Griff transports my knowledge base
      ahead a few light-years and I’m floating man. Awesome good work.
      Congrat.’s & Thanks

    • Geoff

      fantastic lesson thanks , Geoff

    • Andy Tan

      Playing barre is simple and quck for changing chords. Eg Barre F (using E) you can get F7 by lifting the pinky and Fm by lifting the middle finger. I encourage landing the pinky and ring finger together then follow by the middle and ultimately the first finger on the rest.You can do it on G ,A etc. I find this is the best way to overcome the weak pinky issue. 10-15 mins in the morning and evening I see results within a month.Now I can barre effortlessly.This is my experience.

    • Laurie Gelfand

      This video cut out on me. I practice two songs that are almost total barre chords, ten times each twice a day. (Am a beginner) One is Sittin By the Dock of the Bay and the other is wild things. It really gets my fingers going to barre chords are not as scary and impossible as they were at the very beginning. You’ve shared a lot with me so I thought I’d share that with you. Thanks. Laurie

    • Alan

      Griff, thanks so much for this lesson. I love the song “Old Love” and particularly the
      Unplugged version of it by Eric Clapton. It only has about 6 barre chords and relatively simple
      shapes, but I could not get the transition from A to G to F barres and do it smoothly.

      I look forward to applying this method so hopefully I can play this favorite tune without
      the hesitation. It HAS to be easier than planting the barre first.

      Thanks again

    • Byron

      Griff, you are a great teacher. For a year I’ve been trying to do barre chords, but within the first minute with your lesson I’ve actually been able to get the notes to ring. Thanks a million

    • Barrie

      Thanks Griff, I have been having real trouble with the Barr cords, raising the guitar has helped some I guess now its just practice, practice.

    • David

      A little tough for my left hand to cooperate, but I will work on it.

      Thanks Griff,

    • Gerald Irwin

      Great explanation and expansion. I have seen the idea of finger placing before the barre, but this is leagues ahead.

      All the tips have been noted and I will put into place. I use a guitar strap to keep the instrument in the right position: is a foot rest of the correct height a better option?

    • les

      thanks griff i dont seem to have a lot of trouble with bare cords its when i see them playing only half of the bare cord that confuses me simular to the lesson on little cords you taught us they seem to do it a lot in jazz that i watch thanks griff ive learnd so much from your lessons les

    • Andy K

      Thanks for another great lesson. You have pointed out all the areas where I am going wrong especially with my thumb!

    • Lou Cooper

      You hit the nail on it’s head!!! I’m one of those who has a hard time with barre cords I welcome the instruction and enjoy all of your on line lessons. BY THE WAY YOU ARE ONE HELL OF A GUITAR PLAYER!!!!!!!!! Lou.

    • D Evans

      Very helpful as always, hope to see more on bar cords.

    • Linda

      it’s a keeper!!!!

    • Chris.

      Thanks for the info and how too, I just ordered “Blues Guitar Unleashed” also with Slide guitar, an added bonus, so now I have no excuse but to knuckle down and learn.

      Thanks again Griff.

    • Andrew Wallace

      very informative

    • goonsea

      All well and good but moving from G (3rd fret) to B (7th fret) & C (8th fret) is one hell of a problem for me (probably just me) because the shape has to alter to accomodate for the narrower frets. I have never mastered “squeezing” of a chord shape into a much smaller space the closer to the body of the guitar and as a result all my chords have to be played the other end. Any hints please? I am using a Classical Guitar.

    • Chantal

      Bonjour Griff
      Ça va m’aider énormément cette façon d’aborder les barrés..
      Pourrais-je te demander maintenant un autre super truc pour la forme en du La(A) ?
      Merci beaucoup,
      Dommage que tu ne soies pas un prof de guitare français!

      Bon, ça ma fait travailler aussi mon anglais!

      À +

      Chantal Nadeau, Lac-Mégantic, Québec , Canada

    • Jesse James

      I have had trouble with barre chords, and Griff sure makes it easier to understand.
      I have had problem with the one finger as it will not bend and it will hinder changing chords and brings about frustration. It is the ring finger on the left hand at the knuckle right behind the finger nail. I try to work with it, but sure is a battle. Going from G chord to the C chord is really my biggest problem as it will hit other string and really make it sound horrible. If anyone has any ideas I am open to possible solutions.

    • John

      Brilliant, You’ve really hit the nail on the head with your method and explanation which will give lots of people including myself,confidence when learning and practicing barre chords. By far the best guitar tutor around. Will be purchasing one of your courses in the near future. Cheers Griff.

    • mick

      That was what I needed, Thanks griff

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    • jim

      Thanks Griff !! Another great and helpful video as always. Hit the nail on the head because I am doing my barre chors at this time. thanks again and keep up thr great work ! Jim

    • Steve

      Thanks lots Griff.

    • Ron

      Griff i have been playing guitar for over 40 years and I still enjoy music 101, bar chords done corectly. Great Stuff

    • merrill bartle

      Thanks Griff. I thought on the barr finger you had to hold down all of the strings on that fret. So do I have it right that you only hold down the notes for that cord and mute the rest. And is that the same for the major cords on the 5 string where you use the A major shape? Thanks again Merrill

    • Richy

      Thank you so much Griff. As an older student this is a huge help…all the best to you and your family…r

    • Stanley Selleck

      Excellant lesson.

    • DAvid

      Hi Griff. I have been watching your videos and they are among the best I’ve seen.
      With regards to “barr Chords”.
      When begining, I learnt to play the 1st position E, A, and Am chords with my second, third and forth fingers. Then when you need to “barr”, the fingers already “know” where to go, you just move up the neck and “plonk” down the first finger “barr”. With practice, and some pressure, the notes start to “clean up” and get a clean “ring” to them. This means you only have to learn one finger pattern. I hope this “hint” helps some beginers. I strugged for a long time till I started to practice this technique.

    • John Monks

      Hello Griff,yes mate another good video…Many Thanks

    • Janice Varga

      What a good technique for barre chords. I’ve been trying to play guitar since high school and never saw anyone drop the whole barre chord down to the 5th string. Very helpful, thanks.

    • sidney moore

      Griff thank you that was great video lesson!

    • Graham Alibone

      Your a great tutor Griff, I’m an ‘oldie’ and I’m learning. Thanks.

    • Len Lawson

      Great and helpful video,thanks so much.

    • John Smiles

      Once again an excellent video giving a useful tip on barre chords.I have had problems with these chords and finding the correct pressure and fingering to sound the notes clearly and mute out unwanted notes.This video has helped me a lot in this respect although I must try harder to effectively mute the 1st and 2nd strings which sometimes sound out.Terrific tuition,you make learning a fun thing.

    • Maurice Mason

      You are a really good teacher. Simply because you not only want to make money but, you TRULY want to teach. Some teachers will talk about a lot of stuff, that doesn’t really help you play more or better.

    • Jim Fletcher

      Hello Griff, I really like your methodology of teaching guitar.I worked in the music business for several years as photographer and sound engineer. I am an old would be guitar player. of the 60’s. I had a little band in junior high school and a 62 Strat and can add it to the list of things I regret selling. I have always loved the blues and now that I am 65 years old and retired I would like to try to pick a little blues. A friend gave me an acoustic to play. My hands are showing their age. I can’t download this lesson can you help. I ordered the Acoustic Blues DVD to day. Keep on teaching the blues, you are great at it.

    • MS

      Griff, I want to say that what you do and the way you present what you do is a real pleasure. There are several instructors that contact me via email and each can play the guitar well, but nearly all of them are pushing some dvd or yearly subscription or some special that won’t last much longer. This is the first and foremost message. You teach. You present both the how and why to everything that you do. I am a retired computer programmer and systems analysis and teach science and wanted to fulfill a long time desire to play the guitar. I know a good teacher when I see one and you sir are a good instructor. Keep doing what you do. You do it well. And yes I would gladly buy material from you when it is needed. Thanks much!

    • howard

      Wonderful stuff Griff. I’m bloody hopeless but this gives me hope.. in fact I can now play a Barre chord or two. I love writing stuff but being so limited I can even bore myself.. I have introduced you to my Grandson who is now downloading your lessons.. next stop, YouTube.

    • DOM


    • mike

      Griff! Man, that was the best 8:58 of my life! Didn’t know about taking that same shape and playing all those chords. And moving it to the 5th fret for the minor is money too! Keep it up man!!!

    • rod

      hi griff have to say the way you set that out is realy clear and helpfull as always thanks again ROD.)

    • paul troalic

      Yep, like it. This is how I’ve been taught and how I practice. Thanks for your tips, keep up your great work.

    • Claude Langlois

      Right on! I feel like practicing again, Thanks a bunch.

    • PalominoMuse

      Aahh, Finally!!!! I got it!, Just Like That> One view! Following years of struggling! thanks again , Griff

    • Jimbo

      Excellent advice, Griff is really worth watching, so much advice,so much information and he makes it so much easier even for old guy’s like me, Thanks Griff, thanks a great deal.

    • John

      Great lesson. Thanks for the help. I was unable to download the video. I’ve been learning to play the guitar for about a year now. Your instruction is very helpful and has allowed this 50 year old dog to learn some new tricks.

    • Mick Woods

      Great Video Griff

      well explained and demonstrated, been a fantastic help as allways. Practised at a steady rate instead of trying to rush it and learn to quickly the chords are ringing lovely. Thanks for the lesson and looking forward to the next. Cheers buddy.

    • John

      Exellent Griff
      Great video, as I still have some trouble with barre chords….# I couldn’t download the video as usual though, normally a [.wmv] file? luckily I could watch the video without any buffering, so the lesson was successful…anyone else having problems downloading to PC’s lately?..
      Rock On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mike

      I have been seriously struggling with barre chords for a while now. Putting my foot on a foot stool to raise the neck of my guitar as Griff suggested was like magic! Much, much easier! Thanks Griff!!

    • David George Hope

      Brilliant Griff. Yet another gem of guitar knowledge. Watched your vid & pow, I got Barre chords, mentally & actually AND THEY RANG OUT LIKE CHURCH BELLS. Music to my ears… Literally. Thanks a so much for all the stuff you’ve given me.

    • Ken

      Excellent lesson! really good info – slowly and methodically performed.
      Griff, your lessons are always top notch and your teaching approach is
      very clear and effective. Thank you for sharing your skills with us “up and cummers”.

    • Tailor June

      As usual you teach in such a nice easy relaxed pace. And you never come across like you are better than anyone else and that it is a pain to teach beginners. I have sometimes felt that way with other teachers. I am a small person & it is hard to get the strength in my fingers to press a barre. I will definitely practice your method. thanks!

    • Dennis

      The way I learned to play the barre chords, and how I would have started this lesson, was to play the E shape and Am shape in the open position with my 2,3,4 fingers vice 1,2,3 fingers. The barre came naturally after that…

    • BIlly

      I’m trying to learn something called “the grip” that a lot of SRV fans use. Do you ever use that? My hands are big but I am having hell getting it all to ring (E form and Am form cords.

    • Jim

      Thank you, I enjoyed that video very much…

    • David Saul

      Hi Griff I am a senior citizen who has messed around with my guitar for years for my own amusement leaving it for months and going back. I have small hands and have always struggled with barre chords I am now going to try again with your method.Thanks, will let you know how I get on .

    • ManosRK

      Hey Griff!!! 🙂 Since you’re putting this out again on emails, i wanted to ask you about something else that is above this. MAJOR 5TH-STRING-ROOT CHORDS!!! (kinda scary, isn’t it ? :P).

      I mean how do you approach those ?! They are so freaking hard to learn to do!!!! Same kind of chord but minor is easy but major is something impossible to do! You’re asked to put 3 fingers in the same fret – can’t fit them all!!!! 😛

      So yeah if you could address that it would be helpful. Thanks beforehand 🙂

    • David Sowd

      WMV link is not working!

    • Diane O'Rourke

      Wow! This lesson was so helpful. I’ve been avoiding barre chords like the plague but now I’m certain that I’ll be able to play them using the method in your video.
      Thanks, Griff, for all you do.

    • Kevin Sullivan

      WMV file not downloading, that’s OK cuz the MP4 did just thought you’d like to know!!!

    • Bill

      Amazing! Not only the method Griff uses to teach the lessons (actually I just started with BBG but it already sounds good) a method that works… but then there are all these bits and pieces that he makes available. Wow! The good stuff just keeps coming!
      Good on ya, Griff………. and thanks loads!


      I’m 75 years old and having a tough time with Barre chords. I think this will be of great help.
      Thanks, Please keep the help coming.

    • Kingman

      Many song require the use of barre chords for the rapid changes. For example going from A to G to F# …barre on the 5th to the 3rd to the 2nd…much easier using the barre shapes just taught in the video. With playing experience you will know what shapes to use whether it be open chords or barre chords. Making the chord shapes first and then forming the barre sure works for me. The first finger barre seems to follow along nicely .

      This is a great video lesson and it sure helps me!
      Thanks again Griff!

    • Don Woodward

      Is there a reason for using a barre chord as apposed to an open chord i,e using an open c rather than a barred c .Is it just a preference

    • HowlinBuck

      Thanks Griff,well laid out. Thank you. Buck………..

    • carlo vernieri

      Great lesson.
      very helpful.
      Clearly explained.

    • Al

      Hey Griff
      First of all I have to say that I’m a beginner. I’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar but never seemed to have the time and all of the other great excuses. Finally about six months ago I got a wild hair up and I jumped in with both feet. I’ve been getting your video’s and I think their great. This particular video come’s at the perfect time because I just finally got the open chords down pretty well and I’ve been dreading the barre chords. I just want to thank you because the video has gotten me of to a great start. I really look forward to all of the video’s that you send out so please keep them coming.
      Thanks again.

    • paul

      very good lesson you can do alot with those bar chords/ the g chorg along with the b minor is a start to alot of songs.As you put it it is very important about the placement of the thumb.


      Hi Griff, Israel here thanks, that was great!!

    • Paul

      Thanks Griff for your VERY informative lesson.Looking forward NOW to the practice !!

    • Freddie Manus

      This is so cool. I listened to the lesson at work on my cell phone and I couldn’t wait to get home and try it. Griff thank you for sharing.

    • Fran

      helpful, thanks griff

    • Michael Baker

      Great,very good information.

    • Clifton Lowrey

      This is Like having a full tool box 🙂

    • Jack Robinson

      Thank-you for the lesson Mr. Hamlin.

      I never really thought about my posture or guitar position effecting my fingers so much; that said, I welcome your insights.

      Some unknown reason I am having trouble downloading the mp4 or wmv file. I tried both and they seem to get stuck downloading.

      Normally I download your file. I’ve started a library on my pc so I can study your lessons when I can.

      Thanks Again,


    • Jack Cooney

      Hi Griff,
      THANK YOU. This is an AHA! video. For years I’ve been doing this back’ards. Sooo much easier to locate 2-3-4 and then the index. 😉

    • Ken W


      Thank you for that superclear lesson – you’re a natural at this tutoring!

      Ken W

    • Great instruction. You have a very good way of making it simple for people to follow and actually learn I think!.

    • Gary Dude

      Hey Griff, great video lesson! I really do enjoy your videos and plan to purchase some of your products to support you. Even though I have played guitar for 10 years now, this is the first time I realized I can play the majors in the minors with the same E chord shape and I look forward to practicing this technique.

    • Ste hallam

      Very good – thanks man!

    • lee jones

      I think this is a cool thing your doing thought is mention that


      Thank you Griff, I find you’re an excellent teacher. I’m a music teacher myself, and have been teaching for almost 40 years. I find your explanations crystal clear, and the warm, encouraging feeling you convey really pleasant. So thanks again. If you decide to offer a download option for your courses, I’d be happy to buy one. I’m from Argentina, and at the present time, there might be customs issues when receiving dvd’s in a parcel, so I’m not willing to run the risk of having to go through quite some trouble and possible have to pay custom duties to get them. Besides being a music teacher, I’m a very profitient translator, so if you are ever interested in translating any of your lessons or courses, contact me.
      Wishing you all the best
      José Luis Tubert

    • Al McCausland

      Go to my facebook page, Griff lots of people like it. I hope it gets you lots of business!

    • Al McCausland

      I wish I would have seen this before I began learning barre chords! This was great and I’m going to share it.

    • Kelvin Whitfield

      That was great..Thanks

    • Ed

      Good vid, thanks.

    • Allan

      thank you

    • Syed haider

      Great about bar chords.
      How about Funk,16 beat funk.




      good advise…thanks


      Great lesson.
      Thank you Griff.


      very helpful griff thanks mate.


      Hei Griff,thank you very much,great lesson.Nick


      Great lesson. What I have noticed that hardly any guitar players use a guitar strap to hold and position the guitar in a comfortable location when sitting to play. I use the strap even if sitting down to play, so I don’t have to rest the guitar on the right knee..

    • Brian Gardiner

      very helpfull griff thank you

    • Karl

      Good stuff Griff. I just started learning barre chords. This lesson has helped already. Many thanks.

    • norm webster

      very good, thought i had to make all six strings sound clear

    • Howard

      I really enjoyed the barre chord starter video but have not been able to download it. It seems to be exactly what I needed.

    • Phillip Jacobs

      That’s what I needed! Just getting into bar chords. Great advice!
      Thank’s and keep it up

    • John

      I stumbled on to this while teaching as well.
      I ask them to start with fingers 2,3, and 4.
      THen I tell them to keep their 1st finger as straight as they can.
      Then slap it down while keeping it straight. (from the knuckle joint)

    • R.D. Cessna

      Thank;s for that lesson… it really helped. You are truly blessed to be such a good teacher !

      Sincerely, R.Doug

    • Ronnie Wetherington

      Hey Griff,
      I stumbled across this video on barre chords today. I think it was great! Until watching this video I just could not seem to grasp a barre chord. The way you broke it down string by string helped me to actually see and hear the notes that were needed. Prior to this I thought I had to make every note ring out clearly to complete the barre. With this idea in place I know with some practice I will be able to add some barre chords to my playing. Once again thanks for the lesson.

    • Ron Gann

      Great video !!!! I was able to get the bar chord the first time, I have always dreaded doing bar chords now I enjoy them……

    • Frank Luiz

      Very informational video. Will help me through the beginners course. I like your continued support, you speak to the reality of learning the guitar.

    • Lyn

      Excellent video, struggling with that in my “beginners course”, this definately helps

    • Live Act Music Lessons

      Well demonstrated video lesson….well done!!

    • steve partsch

      thanks for the lesson it was very helpfull. You are a great teacher.

    • David Harter

      Excellent, just happens to be the same part that I am currently learning.
      Couldnt ask for anything more!

    • john p caines

      Hi Griff . Excellent as usual I look forward to more………John.

    • Rob

      As usual brilliant video Griff,good exposure and something that is very important to master.Thanks-excellent stuff.

    • ger

      well done griff–excellent stuff on barré chords

    • Mike

      I have been playing for 40 years and this is a excellent video for beginners !!!

    • AM

      Fantastic video. Really struggling with barre chords. Thanks for the help.

    • Ron Mickens

      Great vtdeo,will make this a part of my daily practice. Also, thanks a ton for your other lessons you post, they are REALLYappreciated.Ron

    • Angus

      Ok, now that seems easy enough, and to my suprise it was as easy as that.
      Now it’s like you say, practice this and play around a bit with it and holding additional barre chords becomes less troublesome to do and to make them actually sound like their meant too.
      Thanks for the lessons, it’s a good one, cheers, angus g.

    • Joanne

      I downloaded the pdf file first before watching the video, which made the lesson much more clearer to me. Thanks for simplifying these barre chords.

    • Bernie

      Excellent lesson on a topic that has confounded me for a long time. Now all I need to do is practice, practice, practice.


      very well shown also helps me out.thanks Griff 🙂 TRAVYKATT

    • Dennis Kelsey

      Great Info. thanks. Where have you been? haven’t heard from you in a while

    • Rick Salomon

      ‘Great!’ makes it seem so easy.tanx

    • Maggie Clark

      Great advice that works. Thanks, Griff!

    • Jeedward

      This is amazing help for beginners. Wish I would have had this access when I first started playing.


      From 44 days ago, i could really realate to your post about having smalls hands and being un-able to drop the wrist far enough with out having the guitar stuck up in your face,WELL!!! i fund out my problem and maybe this will help yours. When your dropping your wrist where is your elbow?? i’ll bet if you look your elbow is out to the side CORRECT? well here is what i did and it made all the difference in the world. make sure when you drop your wrist, that your elbow is close to your side as possible. trust me i would stay away from certain songs just because of what i said about the position of my elbow.To prove what i just said, play the chord the F-SHARP- MAJOR CHORD then you will see what i mean. Ya know B.B. King had very small hands and look what he could do. Somtimes it’s the smallect little thing that makes up all the i found this out was i was guiding a man from N.J. he came down to fly-fish for Tarpon in big pine key where i live and we just started B/Sing and to come to find out he taught key-board and guitar for 50 yrs, and when we got back from fishing i ask him to come by my house which was in his way back. he taught me so many little things that had been hindering me for some time. and in the hour he spent showing me these small things made all the difference in the world. now when i go to look at a bar chord in a say i just remember those simple things he showed me, and keeping the elbow at my side made all the difference in the world. watch marty swartz girff’s buddy play that F-sharp-Chord and see where is elbow is. in time i am sure we both will automatically just hold that elbow in close but until that happens i’ll just put that little info in my radio shack recording brain i have to remember some of this stuff, good luck from one small hand person to another.

    • cal Davis

      Griff, man you are funky. I really enjoyed the Barre Chords lessons. Being a beginner for all of my life it feels like, I found your smooth instructional style to be very helpful and easy. I just want to say thanks man, for giving these free lessons, I hope to start buying some of your other lessons later.

    • BILL

      g,day Griff,what your doing here is brilliant,i,m getting up in years and i am now passing these lessons on to my grandson who only just picked up the guitar recently.It is so easy to follow.congratulations on a great product.

    • mark

      Brilliant lesson my man. any one readin this, i only devoted 15mins out of my daily practice time 2 this method, in 1 week the results are amazin, many thanx griff, 4a beginner,im soundin pretty good now. mark from scotland.

    • mark

      Brilliant lesson my man. any one readin this, i only devoted 15mins per day 2 this method, in 1 week the results are amazin, many thanx griff, im soundin pretty good now. mark from scotland.

    • Cleophas Mc Donald

      Again I learned a whole lot by this simple lesson, Thanks.

    • Bob Roillings

      thanks Griff, to me you hit a home run on this one. At one point I had sent you comments about your lessons. Mainly, could not hear them and instructions sort of brushed over details that were assumed not important. For me, sometimes are the link to “getting it” and moving on via “huh?” and losing interest. And as for the volume, not all of us out here have 18 year old ears. If we cant turn the volume up, we simply cant hear your instructions. However, with this video, you helped me a whole lot. 1. the instructions were clearly detailed and with consideration, 2. the sound on the video was loud enough for “grandpa ears”. Now, I must say that I’m interested in re-signing up for your lessons. Please don’t take all the blame, I realize that the fingers points to me also. But again, thanks for kicking it up a level…finally someone that can’t play and teach.

    • Cecile

      Thanks, Griff!
      That helps a lot and makes it easiear as everybody is truly struggling with barre chords!


      HEY GRIFF,

    • mack arthurs

      Good stuff dose this work as well on the acoustic? And do you have any advice or lessons on playing church songs this is where I get most of my practice in with other players everyone uses acoustics thinks.

    • Bob

      I love it, Griff. That helps me a lot.

    • lar

      excellent presentation, thankyou you got me wanting to learn it

    • john patterson

      Thanks for the good advice and teachings. Its always welcome and always a big help.

    • Hal Payne

      i have watched a lot of different internet vids from other instructors and i have to say no one else compares to you when it comes to making it understandable. i have started unsubscribing to the others because you make much more easy for us beginners. keep up the fantastic work….

    • Roger k. Osborne

      You put out the best stuff on the web. Your a real teacher, not just a guitar player. I’m still working on one of your courses right now just because I thought it was interesting as far as getting away from scales so to speak and solo with just 4 notes. I always get something from you I can use, maybe not exactly like you play it, but that’s idea is it not. Griff check out my web site and see what I am doing to help 2 non profit organizations out, Humane Societies and Blues Societies. Keep the good stuff comimg.

      Roger K. Osborne
      aka Rozzy Osborne

    • Richard

      Wow! This lesson was an “ah-ha” experience for me. Thanks for moving me along! You’re an excellent instructor, mentor, and coach!

    • Joe

      Hey Griff, thank you so much. This has helped. You are an excellent teacher. Keep up the good work. Thanks again.

    • rick

      very helpfull would like more of the same
      very good teacher

    • ozzy

      Thanks griff, this is right on time for i just started dedicateing my practice time to learning barre chords. Can’t put it off any longer….gotta learn to hold those barre chords. Thanks for rocking it out for us to show an easier way .Every little bit helps.

    • anthony cannalla

      Hey Griff,

      Please keep up the good work! We love you……you seem to be someone who really takes pleasure in teaching us…..wanna-be’s….some good and helpful hints to get to where we think we should be!!!

      Keep up the good work! God bless!


    • Mike C

      this is great tuition, thanks, all of your teaching is great stuff, purchased, or freebies, you always deliver the good, glad to have found a teacher like you, and hey! I don’t have to buy a plane ticket to the US for my lessons, isn’t the internet great!! well sometimes 🙂 all the best, Mike

    • Bill

      Please help I have small hands and I’m really having problems droping my wrist with out having the guitar in my face it’s very unconfertable it’s hard to to drop my wrist and keep my thumb down and flat help please Bill

    • Clyde Woolsey

      One of the best and simplest explanations I’ve seen. I’ve been trying to barre the 1st and 2nd strings instead of the 6th string (even leaving out the 6th string). I’ll try starting the way you suggested, with the 6th string.

    • gregory pier

      Great advice special thanks for this one.

    • Henry Borland

      Thanks great help..

    • Phyllis Anderson

      Very good video now I can finally play my barres. Thank you Griff

    • KW

      Thanks for the pointers. The barre chords are my biggest problem. Now to go try this and work on them some.

    • charles williams

      preciate it griff…thx a load man.

    • Ben

      Thanks a lot, Grif. will try it. Been having trouble with barre chords a long time!~

    • craig

      Good stuff …Thanks alot Griff for your tutoring, will be buying in soon.

    • kris

      you are soooo right about how hard it is to learn barr chords. I have avoided them and now I think I will try to master them. thanks

    • ken

      Griff , a really helpful video , thanks very much , your tutoring skills are very good .

    • forby69

      spot on advice but my wrist doesnt half ache after just a few minutes but you have to play through the pain forby69

    • Doug rye

      Thanks again Griff! Great lesson & tips on how to execute barre chords! As everyone has noted you are an awesome instructor. As I have stated before your love for music and your ability to pass that to others is as bright and evident as the sun.

    • Deacon

      I have been learning so much that it is beginning to become part of me. At first it was a little difficult but as time has gown, I fin dI am now thinking chords, shapes, and tone quality. This is a wonderful video and as Ken said There is NO substiture for knowing.

    • Ken

      Great video! Chock full of great tips, tricks, and info.

      There is NO substitute for knowing,

      the trick is to learn what the teacher already knows and use it.

    • Zac Sullivan

      A lot of times I just have my students do 3 or 4 notes of the F chord, for example the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings, or the very useful shape that uses the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th string, which is the same fingering actually as the Bm barre chord. Using this one shape students can play any regular major or minor chord enough to get through songs.

      Do you think there’s a certain age where students start to have the strength to do barre chords? 10? 12? The 5 year olds can hardly do the power chords.


      Zac Sullivan

    • roscoe heath

      This was excellent! I found it to be valuable and well done in terms of plain instruction and great demonstration. The explanation was clear and easy to follow. Thanks a lot!

    • Garry Blanton

      Hey Griff, Thanks so much. This will really help me with the dreaded barre chord. Great lesson…

    • Jerr

      I was wondering why my wrist hurt so bad after only 1 minute of finger exercise. I am using a backpacker guitar which has a small body and sits lower on my leg. I never realized that was the reason I could never get my wrist to come around the finger board properly. I will use a stool or books or pail or anything to get my leg higher and try that. Thanks for all you do to help us struggling players!

    • Bruce Neighbor

      Really great lesson and Iwill try to pass on to my young students. Am having trouble loading the video, but will try later. Thanks for a great helpfull website.


    • Ray Juliano

      Good lesson…I am one of those older self-taught guitar players who wants to learn barre chords and to play above the third fret before I die. I will be 70 y/o on May 16th.. The fingers are not as limber and flexible as when I was younger, but I have some guitars that are easier to play than others, notably electric guitars where the action is usually aways better than my acoustics, altho I have found a good luthier in my area and am getting my acoustics set up better so the action will be better. I think that is key to learning and playing barre chords. I have purchased much of your blues guitar material and I think you are a very good teacher. Thanks again for the video.
      Ray J.

    • lionel

      A really good lesson on barre chords.

    • Brenton

      Thanks for a great lesson. Sure works for me !!!

    • C Pitonyak

      Thank you, Griff, for your teaching clips.
      They’re very helpful, and you’re a wonderful instructor.


      HEY GRIFF,

    • Chris M

      Thanks for the lesson…I am 52 and have been playing for about a year and a half and barre chords have eluded me.I am wondering if my fingers just won’t do it or if it would be easier on an electric(which I don’t have right now) instead of acoustic.

    • Michael Brown

      Hi Griff….of course it’s a great lesson as usual ” Mr Simplified Guitar Man ” you got to work real hard at this teaching thing but for me it would be kinda kool for me to see it done on an acoustic.

      Me, well I’m still trying that sitting on the porch blues stuff, it is great and I am beginning to get tuneful well to my ears not sure what the neighbours think!!

      cheers Michael

    • Dan Whitepath

      Excellent and well presented lesson as usual. When (not if) the time comes that this sluggish economy picks up and I am doing better with sales of my handcrafted Native American style flutes I look forward to actually being able to buy your lessons on dvd. In the meantime with this tip for inspiritaion I’ll spend more time actually “practicing” my barre chords. Thanks a million for all your helpfull lessons. Wish you all the best.

    • alan taylor

      Best lesson I’ve had in ages. Simple to understand. Brilliant. Thanks.

    • Jay Effe

      Thanks for the lesson Griff .It´s really a good one.I am trying and trying, but the F chord is still for me a F*ck chord to do.Let´s see how it goes with this one, that is a easier one.

    • D.Rusinas

      I’d already started placing fingers before the barre but all the other tips are useful. As always, a concise, clear explanation that’s understandable on first viewing.

    • Steve Oliver

      Thanks Griff, yet another great lesson, this has improved my skill level 100%!

    • Jim

      Griff, all of your lessons are very clear and clean, with good video’s quality and camera / recording work. Where you can actually see ” Clearly” what you are doing along with a good explanation and good Teaching Skill’s. You a fine example of how it should be done.Thanks for all your work and all you Courses

    • Mick

      That’s videos sorry my iphone is on auto pilot

    • Mick

      Nice well explained as always, if your gonna promote other folks bids to buy you might wanna tell Marty s to reply to his customers emails when they have problems with them

    • Mike

      Like the new look and as always so very well explained, and with reasons.

    • Art

      Now I Know that I am playing Barre chords in the right manner,thank’s to you Griff. I’ll keep on going until I’m satisifed.
      Thanks again and looking forward to next lesson.

    • John Affleck

      Hi Griff,
      Finally some Barre chords to study! another addition to my guitar playing to learn. Excellent.
      Love your work Griff, keep it coming man.
      Rock on!!!

    • Gary

      As a retired teacher, I am reminded of a teaching technique call Reverse Chaining. This technique is sometimes used to help children with severe learning disabilities (Not that any of us future Eric Claptons have an learning disabilities!!) Anyway, to teach a child to count to five, first have him say five, then have him say four/five, then three/four/five, etc. Now that I’ve quit worrying about the dreaded B and E strings, my barre chords are sounding much better. Thanks, Griff. Where you fifty years ago when my fingers could actually move AND bend. Love your stuff.

    • Edward Cating

      Thanks for this! Very helpful!!!

    • Ed

      That’s great. Bar chords have been very frustrating and you’ve changed it in 8-1/2 minutes.
      As usual, very helpful.


    • Glenn

      Hey Griff,
      A great help and lesson, Thanks

    • Will P.

      I do clunk the Barre chords. Your video was a great help for me. Thank you!

    • tb

      Thanks, Griff.
      Good video and good tips. I’ve been struggling with this and this has helped!

    • pam

      very simple explaination, looks like these might work! gotto try it first.
      thanks, thanks, thanks

    • kevin

      thanks for trying to teach an old grumpy a new trick or two

    • Kingman

      Griff, missed your videos lately! As usual, good stuff on barre chords.

    • Russ

      Awesome as usual. Thanks Griff

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