"I couldn't agree this statement more. I am a classically trained guitarists and the focus on the whole arm rather than the "tiny muscles" of the hand is very effective. Barre chords are in almost every concert piece played…"
"Per member Donna Zitzelberger:
"Also,another trick I wanted to mention - the gurus of bar chording are found in the classical world. I've been really blessed to study with Jim Smith at USC and also audit classes taught by Pepe…"
"Mentioned elsewhere on this forum (from posts from around 2 years ago), I ran across one member who mentioned that he trains his students to draw back using muscles in their arms to barre more efficiently. I think this is borrowing from a classical…"
"Electrics can use much lighter srings than acoustics, and especially if they are flat-wound, they are much easier to play. I agree with David Lenef that you should practice barre chords on acoustics to build up both finger muscle and finger…"
"Much of the discussion (an I believe correct answers) here is on why it's easier on one guitar than another, but the main question should be, "why is it causing difficulty at all?" From years of teaching I have found that most…"
"Fingerboard radius does affect the ease of a clean sounding chord when "Barred." This does open up another can of subjective worms as I find a flatter radius to be actually easier when barring chords, especially when getting the 1st…"
"This, I suspect, is the primary reason. When I started using more barre chords, I found I had to move to electric, but it's more than that. With an electric guitar you really have to limit how much ringing you want on an open…"
"Acoustics usually have heavier strings - thus, higher "string tension" as Tom noted. But a guitar's action (how high the strings are above the fretboard) effects barre chord ease for both acoustics and electrics.