The G Barre Chord – Hello again, guitar students! This lesson will cover learning the g barre chord in three steps. Now you might be asking, “Why do I have to learn the barre chord, when there’s a much simpler way to play the G major chord?” Yes, there is the basic and definitely easier way of playing the G major barre chord, but when you know how to play barre chords, you have a lot more versatility in your music playing.
Just follow these simple steps and you will be able to play the g barre chord in no time.
Playing the G Barre Chord – Step 1: Bar it!
To be able to play the g barre chord, you will first have to bar your first finger across all six strings on the third fret. After doing so, pick each string to check if there are any muted notes.
Common Problems: This step will really give many beginner guitarists a hard time because barring is a technique that takes a lot of getting used to. It will hurt your fingers at first, and sometimes, if your finger is not properly positioned, some notes may sound muted.
Tips/Solutions: To lessen the pain your bar finger may feel, try this handy tip: roll your index finger slightly so that it is the outer edge of the finger pressing down on the strings instead of the soft part. Make sure that you are pressing down on all six strings, otherwise, if there is not enough pressure on one or more strings, the note/s will sound muted.
Playing the G Barre Chord – Step 2: The E Shape
The next step in playing the g barre chord is forming the E shape. With your first finger in place forming the bar on the third fret, it is time to position your second, third, and fourth fingers to form the E shape. Place your second finger on the third string on the fourth fret, while your third and fourth fingers should be on the fifth and fourth strings, respectively, on the fifth fret.
Common Problem: When forming the basic E chord shape, the fourth finger may sometimes overlap onto another string – this can create a muted sound if you it goes unnoticed.
Tip/Solution: To prevent overlapping, roll your wrist downward a bit so that your fourth finger will be slightly lifted up. This way, it will not press down on another string.
Playing the G Barre Chord – Step 3: Let’s put it together!
We have the bar in place, and we have the E chord shape ready, too. You can now play the g barre chord if you just put these two together – hold your bar finger firmly in place, and then position the rest of the fingers for the E chord. Once you have done this, pick each string so that you can be sure that each note is clear.
Common Problem: Now comes the hard part – putting the bar together with the basic chord shape usually creates trouble for some. The difficulty of performing the bar, along with the overlapping caused by the fourth finger, can cause muted notes.
Tip/Solution: If you find yourself having difficulty putting these steps together, take it one at a time. You can practice the barring move first so that your finger can get used to it. And then you can also practice forming the E shape chord until your fingers have committed this to memory. Also, try to form the shape of the g barre chord on your guitar while you are relaxing or watching TV – that way, your fingers will get used to the motion needed to form the G major barre chord.
Now go get cracking! Grab your guitar and practice the G barre chord!