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barre chords
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why is t i find barre chords easier on electric guitar as appose to acoustic Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthias Young Aug 6, 2012.

 

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Matthias Young replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"William Kanengiser does an excellent job discussing the mechanics of barre chords in his Effortless Classical Guitar DVD. Recommend it for any style of guitar playing."
Aug 6, 2012
Chad Becks replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"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…"
Aug 4, 2012
Dane Whitley replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"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…"
Aug 3, 2012
Dane Whitley replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"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…"
Aug 3, 2012
George Quinn replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"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…"
Aug 3, 2012
Chad Becks replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"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…"
Jul 18, 2012
Matthias Young replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"No, not newer ones. Old Fenders, sure. But guitars like Jacksons that are built for soloing will flatten out to a 16" radius. "
Jul 5, 2012
Bill Wray replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"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…"
Jun 18, 2012
FloridaGull replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"Many electrics have a greater radius in the fingerboard than acoustics - perhaps you find it easier to "Barre" a chord on a fingerboard with slightly more of a curve?"
Jun 18, 2012
David Lenef replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"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. Generally…"
Jun 17, 2012
tom blegen replied to robin623's discussion barre chords
"string tension"
Jun 17, 2012
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