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How To Play Bar Chords On Guitar

Chords can be played in many different places on the guitar neck as bar chords

  • When you play a bar chord, you use one finger as a “bar” to push down more than one string at a time. This is represented by the bar chord symbol in the diagram on the right. Look at the index finger in the photo.

How to Play the Bar Chord G Major

  • The "3 fr" on the right side of the G Major diagram above tells you which fret number the chord is played on. At first, playing bar chords can be tiring for your hand, but after some practice you’ll get used to it.

Alternate Fingerings

  • Some chords have an alternate fingering to give you an option to use different fingers.

How to Play the Bar Chord B Major with an alternate fingereing

  • The alternate fingering is noted in parenthesis on the top of the B Major chord diagram on the right. The photo shows this alternate

You can add way more variety to your songs by playing each chord in your song in more than one place on the guitar neck.

You just use bar chords. You will notice that each place you play each chord will sound slightly different.

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