The usual – just submitted this to Ezine Articles but they probably won’t publish it for a while so my readers get an advance preview :)

If its your first time here – and maybe you’re having trouble with barre chords – check out the categories in the sidebar for tips and technique advice to make them easier. :)

Double barre chords are, arguably, the single most difficult family of chords for beginning players to master. This is self-explanatory – to some extent – given that most new guitarists find trouble fretting one barre – let alone two. Further, the second barre in these chords requires you to put your ring finger in a very awkward position (until you get accustomed to it). That being said, let’s see if we can make this difficult challenge any easier.

As I implied in the title, these chords are based of the open chord for A Major. To play a double barre chord, at its lowest point on the neck, you first need to barre your index finger across the bottom five strings of the first fret. Then, you need to use your ring finger to fret the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings (counting from the bottom) of the third fret; the same strings you would press for a normal A major chord – just moved up by a fret. To accomplish this second barre, you need to use the area between the tip of your ring finger, and the first joint, to press those three strings and then elevate the finger off the high E string (using that same first joint) so that there is NO contact. This will be very difficult at first but is not as impossible as it will feel initially!:)

Incidentally, that double barre chord you’re fretting is a B flat (or A sharp) Major Chord. Like all barre chords, you can move it along the neck to create new chords of the same quality, e.g. you could move it up by one fret to play a B Major chord – and another fret to play a C Major chord. For reference purposes, these are the chords you would be playing if you used this chord on each fret – starting with the B flat chord I just used as an example (on the first fret).

Bb, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, and back to Bb again.

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