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Barre chords are notoriously difficult for new guitarists. While a number of factors come into play (developing finger strength, practice/experience, etc.), proper technique is half the battle won. This is easier said than done, however, and there are quite a few adjustments you can make that will greatly improve your playing.

First, proper barre chord technique requires that your wrist be as relaxed as possible. A stiff wrist just won’t cut it – and can lead to practice-crippling injury. The idea is to exert firm pressure on the barre – without causing too much tension anywhere else along your fretting hand arm.

The next key point is that your barring finger should be as close to the next adjacent fret wire (going up the neck) without any crossover. This positioning minimizes the forces necessary to execute the barre and improves the sound. It also makes fretting the other notes either by shortening the distance that your fingers need to stretch.

Another important point is that – when you’re trying to apply adequate pressure to the fret you’re barring, maximum leverage is a huge factor. The best way to accomplish this is to align your thumb with the back of the guitar neck (right down the middle). This will help you to apply even pressure to all the strings to get a nice clear sound – with no buzz.

Finally, you might find it helpful – particularly when starting out – to tuck your elbow (of your fretting hand) in to your side. This might also help in getting the most out of your fingers until they develop the strength to fret barre chords independently.

Application of proper barre chord technique will reduce frustration – as well as the learning curve for this difficult phase in learning to play. Any guitarist can attest that barre chords are no joke to master, so every little bit of advice helps! :)