technical exercises for barre chords


If you are beyond the beginner stage as a guitarist, then you are no doubt beginning to become aware of barre chords. Barre chords is the logical next step for any guitarist after learning how to play open string chords. Our five lesson free course is taught by Gary Clinton, a guitar teacher who has taught hundreds of successful students. Gary takes you through all of the important steps that you need to understand to play barre chords.


In lesson one Gary explains how the chromatic scale is used so you can play any chord in any key. Truly unlocking the power of movable chords. In lesson two he introduces some of the shapes that you will use throughout the course. Lesson three is given over to technical exercises to strengthen your left hand as well as discussing things to watch out for. You will then put all this knowledge together in lesson four where you will learn to play a twelve bar blues. Finally, in lesson five you will be shown how these chords can really work in your favour. You will learn about root movement and how it works hand in hand with chord progressions. For guitarists, this final lesson is critical to making fast progress.


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1 – Introduction To Barre Chords

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Standard

Introduction To Barre Chords

ABOUT THIS LESSON: This introductory lesson explains the importance of principle shapes in barre chords and how they interact with the chromatic scale.

2 – Chord Shapes & Concepts

Length: 9 minutesComplexity: Standard

technical exercises for barre chords

ABOUT THIS LESSON: Lesson two is all about the chord shapes you will use with barre technique to enable you to play any of the chords in any key.

3 – Technical Exercises

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Standard

technical exercises for barre chords

ABOUT THIS LESSON: Lesson three introduces a range of informative technical exercises for you to practise that will help you make fast progress playing barre chords across the neck.

5 – Putting It All Together

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

putting it all together

Lesson 5 brings together all the material learned in the previous four lessons and uses it to show how we can build a familiar song progression across the entire fretboard.