improving your barre chords

How many times have you tried and struggled with barre chords in the past?


Some of you will be comfortable with them.

For others, barre chords may be the bane of your guitar playing existence.

I mean they can be frustrating, painful, and even dangerous to your wrist, hand, and finger health if practised badly.


Honestly, you probably know my feelings towards the way some teachers teach guitar.

Often, it’s not something they do on purpose, but some have a disappointing neglect for technique.

…But anyway, I’m not here to moan about that.


I’m here to show you exactly what to do to improve your barre chords.

Well, for starters, here’s a tip no one really mentions.

Don’t work on more than one shape at a time.


Ah, not what people like to hear, I know.

Focus is mighty effective though.

A big error people make is trying to perfect the E Major, the E minor, the A shapes, and sometimes even other barre shapes.

To make it worse, they often try to learn all these with sloppy, pressured technique.

It’s crazy.


I see it a bit like learning a technical sport such as golf.

You don’t learn to tee off, use the wedges, hit out of sand bunkers, putt on the greens, and dress in tartan sleeveless jumpers (do golfers still wear those?) all in the same day…

I don’t blame the student though.

It’s not easy.


Even when I used to teach guitar privately a lot more, I would probably sound like a nag reminding them about this.

It’s just natural to want to do a bit more, use a bit more pressure, and squeeze a bit harder to get the notes to ring out clear.

…But you must avoid that as much as possible.


Well, I want to show you exactly what to do to improve your barre chords.

Yesterday I filmed a 3-part lesson that shows you exactly what to do to make your barre chords shine once and for all.

In the lesson, we are building up the barre shape one finger at a time and playing a lovely little picking pattern.

Then we add another finger in and so on.

It’s a fun, steady, and methodical process which ironically leads to faster results than the way most people “force” them.


Plus, you’ll enjoy it as there is, dare I say, a beautiful piece of music to learn at the end where we put it all together.

This lesson will be released on the 1st of June for all Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy members. To get this lesson and find out more about the membership, you can head here below…

The Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy


Have a great day!

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


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