Barre Chords Unlocked: The 1/2 Barre

The 1/2 barre is defined as a barre that covers less than 6 strings.

Let's practice this with the a common barre chord of F major in 1st position.

Steps in forming the 1/2 barre:

  1. Move the proximal phalanx of the 1st finger away from the 2nd finger.
  2. Straighten the Distal and Middle phalanx
  3. Move the arm away from your body. Allow the pressure of the arm to flow through the finger structure to the strings.

Steps 1 and 2 occur at the same time in application. You should practice them separately until you have integrated them into your playing.


Move the proximal phalanx of the 1st finger away from the 2nd finger.


Straighten the Distal and Middle phalanx of the 1st finger.


Move the arm away from your body.
Allow the pressure of the arm to flow through the finger structure to the strings.


Adjust the elbow position until the other fingers are in position to fall onto the notes.

Next: Barre Chords Unlocked: The Full Barre

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