It has been nearly two decades since I first learned to play the guitar, but despite the time that has passed, I can still remember the first time I took a crack at a bar chord.
It was a B minor, and I desperately wanted to learn how to play that chord because it was in so many of the songs I was learning at the time.
Like anything in life, learning bar chords takes a little effort, but the reward is well worth it.
Once I mastered that B minor chord – and yes it did take practice – all of a sudden that effort payed off in spades as all the other bar chords followed in a cascade after that.
For me, conquering the B minor didn’t just open the door to unlimited chords on my guitar – it blew it off it’s hinges! After the B minor “giant” fell, literally all the chords and songs that were previously off the table became part of my regular repertoire.
Mastering bar chords on your guitar truly does bring freedom to you as a player.
Has this ever happened to you? You find yourself looking for songs to learn on YouTube or elsewhere, and just as soon as you find a great song you’ve always wanted to play, you discover that it has a bar chord in it! Disappointed and turned off, you leave that song alone and try to find something less intimidating…
Did it surprise you that I would say that? I’m not going to insult your intelligence by telling you that you absolutely have to learn how to play bar chords to be a decent guitar player. The thing is, many players have gotten by quite happily, having never learned a bar chord in their life.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn bar chords.
In fact, there are several excellent reasons why you should learn bar chords:
Players that have learned to play bar chords often report to me that they can now finally play that song they’ve always wanted to play. In some cases, it opens up entire artists who were previously ‘off limits’ due to the chords they write their songs with.
The collection of bar chords I will teach you will put any song within your reach, as we’ll be covering absolutely ALL of the most common chords you come across as a guitar player.
Bar chords aren’t simply a different way of playing regular chords. They also sound different, thus opening up many new options on your guitar.
A simple G-C-D-Em song played all in bar chords has a very different tonal quality to it than if played with open chords. In addition, I’ll show you more than one way to play the chords, so you could play each verse in a different position, totally changing the dynamic of your song and adding much more character to it!
There’s nothing cooler than having two guitars playing the same chords, but in different positions. It adds a depth and richness to the song that you simply can’t get if everyone plays in exactly the same spot. Too often though, you see people playing exactly the same thing, which is a wasted opportunity – in my humble opinion!
I’ll teach you how you can find alternate positions to play any chords that another guitar player is doing. When you play together with others, you’ll be the one able to add that alternate part everyone is subconsciously longing for.
Adding bar chords into your music will make your playing more interesting and varied.
Have you ever tried playing an E flat chord, open? Some chords are a nightmare to play “open” if you even try them at all. However, once you know some bar chords, an E flat becomes as easy as an E. There’s no difference because you’re playing the same chord pattern, just shifting it one fret!
One bar chord is the same as any other; you’ll no longer dread certain chords appearing in songs!
In summary, no, you don’t have to learn bar chords. It’s your choice to make.
However, if you choose to take on the challenge, you will be well rewarded for your efforts, and your overall playing will definitely improve as a result.
There’s a reason many guitar players never attempt to play bar chords: they take a bit more finger strength than normal chords, because you’re pressing down more strings at once.
This can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.
Some bar chords are harder than others, so we won’t start with the hardest ones first! Plus, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to help you increase your finger strength and flexibility. There are even a couple ‘cheater’ tricks you can use to make it sound like you’re playing bar chords, when in fact you’re playing with few strings (which requires far less strength). This technique is a great way for people to start seeing some of the benefits of bar chords before they fully learn all of them.
Don’t be scared of bar chords! Yes, it will take some strengthening of your hand (I’ll show you how) and there’s a learning curve (I’ll make it as gentle as possible) just like with anything else, but at the end of the day, it is more than worthwhile.
I’ll teach you all about hand position, stretching and strengthening techniques… we’ll even talk about various guitar types and setup!
I’ll teach you a simple method that you can use to find literally any common major or minor chord in at least two different places on the neck. In order to do this, we’ll need to learn a little bit about the fretboard and how it works. This fretboard knowledge will serve you well when you decide to take the next step and start learning some scales to add to your playing.
Once we’ve gone through the fretboard, I’ll show you how to name all your bar chords using a simple and extremely logical method that you’ll be able to remember without difficulty by the end of the course.
Bar Chords Made Simple is exactly that – it is a course that will teach you how to play bar chords in a simple lesson that is easy to follow. As a prerequisite, you should be at least comfortable playing the most common open chords such as G, C, D, Em, Am, and A.
If you’re comfortable playing those, and you’re ready to greatly expand your chord vocabulary, then this is the course for you.
Although Bar Chords Made Simple is a video lesson, I know that some people prefer being able to study from a book as well. For that reason, I created the Bar Chords Made Simple Course Supplement – a PDF booklet that you can print off and follow along through the lesson. This booklet contains chord pattern diagrams as well as tabs for all the examples shown in the video lesson.
Please note that you will have to print off the Course Supplement on your own, it is not currently available to to be shipped to you.
Bar Chords Made Simple is available in two order options (both contain the same material):
Either way, you’ll be able to download the lessons today and get started immediately. Please keep in mind that the download files are very large – around 1 Gigabytes in total – so if you have a slow internet connection this will take a very long time. For this reason, the DVD is recommended.
The DVD will play in any computer or on your DVD player with your TV.
Let’s work together to take your guitar playing to levels that you never dreamed possible!
To Your Success,
PS. Bar Chords Made Simple will give you the tools you need to learn bar chords and play them confidently.
PS. If after watching the lesson, for any reason you’re not completely satisfied, you’re protected by my 100% “No Weasel Clauses” 90-Day GUARANTEE.
PS. Your order includes the main lesson, as well as a bonus Course Supplement on PDF, which you can print at home.