Building Up To Barre Chords
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Building Up To Barre Chords

A course that will get you playing barre chords and playing them in songs
5.0 (6 ratings)
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Created by Robert Seeley
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 43 mins on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of the course the student will be able to play a barre chord. They will also have the tools to practice how to apply them in a song.
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  • Students will need to get a guitar. No previous experience with guitar is needed.

This course is a series of exercises on how to play barre chords. The exercises start off very simple and build in difficulty very gradually until you reach the barre chord. You will achieve not only the barre chord, but the skill to apply it in actual songs. 

Learn How to Build Up to the Barre Chord Using This Unique Method

  • Establish proper foundation for the barre

  • Building finger strength and dexterity

  • Building muscle memory

  • Gain speed switching chords

  • Apply to actual songs

Have you attempted to play a barre chord only to be scratching your noodle wondering why this is so difficult?

Perhaps you're a beginner or intermediate guitar student wanting to learn barre chords. Or a self taught guitar player, but still struggle with playing barre chords on guitar.

You have come to the right place my friend. I am about to take you on a journey that starts from the most basic exercises that are easy for anyone to do. 

The first series of exercises is simply establishing the foundation on which we will be building our barre chord. This foundation is so easy, but without it, playing barre chords on guitar is so hard!

The next series of exercises will target finger strength and dexterity. We will build up the difficulty level very slowly so that you don't feel like there are any huge leaps. 

After that you will learn how to train your fingers to automatically find the barre chord shape. This will help you to start developing the ability to find the barre chord shape without thinking too much about it.

Finally, you will be given exercises to help you be able to play them in an actual song.

This will take some effort and patience on your part. This course is a sure way to get to be able to play barre chords with the condition that you really train hard on the exercises given.


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for people who want to learn how to play barre chords, but are finding it extraordinarily difficult.
Curriculum For This Course
Foundation For The Barre Chord
4 Lectures 12:30

Here you will learn the fundamental skills that you will need to work on to be successful in this course. You will need to learn to keep your barre finger straight, parallel with the frets and moved up far in the fret.

Preview 01:27

Here you will apply what you learned about how to hold your finger, to a simple but important exercise. Don't gloss over this one, it may seem easy, but take your time and make sure you're doing all three things (straight finger, parallel with frets, up in fret).

Preview 02:16

Permission to sound bad! Here you are going to start to apply just a little bit of pressure to the barre so that some strings may be fretted, while others may not be fretted. The resulting sound should be pretty horrible. That is exactly what we want here, we are working up to playing barre chords and the process will naturally sound bad at first. So in this exercise you officially have permission, and actually the requirement, to sound bad.

Preview 04:37

In this exercise the objective is to hold down the complete barre across all six strings. If you can't quite do that, just hold down as hard as you can while maintaining the proper finger position. This exercise is good to do in short bursts with enough rest in between for your hand to recover. 

Preview 04:10
Building The Chord
3 Lectures 13:15

Now we are going to start building the rest of our barre chord. We will start by adding in the second finger. The goal here is to be able to maintain a straight barre (first) finger while bending your second finger. The tendency will be for the barre finger to start bending at the middle knuckle. Try to catch yourself doing that and realign your finger. 

Exercise #1

We will continue to build up the barre chord by adding one more finger, the third finger. Now we have to get used to keeping that barre finger straight while bending two fingers at the same time.

Exercise #2

This is it! We add the last finger to the barre chord. The objective is still to keep that barre finger straight, this time while the other three fingers will bend. By the end of this Lecture you will have played a barre chord!

Exercise #3
Ingraining Barre Shape To Muscle Memory
3 Lectures 08:39

Now that you know how to play the barre chord, we are going to further ingrain this shape into your memory. We will be removing one finger at a time while keeping the rest in place. 

Exercise #1

Exercise #2

Now we are going to do a full barre chord hammer on. This may get strenuous, so do a little at a time.

Exercise #3
Switching Quicker
2 Lectures 08:08

This exercise is designed to help you be able to build the barre chord by either placing the barre or the bending fingers first. In turn, this will help you get to the barre chord quick enough to use them in songs.

Exercise #1

Now you will be practicing switching from open chords to the barre chords. This is the most relevant exercise to help get you to be able to play these in a song.

Exercise #2
About the Instructor
Robert Seeley
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Robbie has been playing guitar for over 25 years. He fell in love with the guitar as a child and has been dedicated to learning and playing ever since. He has studied with several well known and respected guitar and music teachers including Larry Koonse, Kelsey Walker, Chris Judge, Alan Reed and Michael Eglin to name a few. He holds two music degrees including a B.A. from Humboldt State University as well as an A.A. from S.B.C.C. He has played in several bands and lead a couple of his own groups as well.

He has been a dedicated guitar and music teacher for about 10 years and has helped 100’s of guitar students reach new levels of skill on the guitar. He has helped beginners learn the rudiments of guitar playing such as, barre chords, scales and technique. And he has helped advanced players improve their improvising, sight reading and composing skills.