Why barre chords are (often) not taught well

Barre Chords are also the reason most people (wisely) give up on the guitar after about 6 months playing.

This book took over 40 years to write! Or to be more accurate, it took me over 40 years of playing the guitar to get a conscious inventory of the barre chord technique, something I had learned within a few months of starting the guitar.

Why should that be so? Aren't barre chords an essential part of guitar technique? Yes, they certainly are. And they are also the reason most people (wisely) give up on the instrument after about 6 months.

So why hasn't the barre chord been analysed successfully and documented from here to eternity? Because by the time our teacher becomes an author, or even a 'presenter' on Youtube, that process of mastering the barre has been well and truly lost in the mists of time.


A process of natural selection.

At about the 6 month mark there is a process of natural selection - those who can't play barre chords do something other than the guitar, and those who can play barre chords carry on. A percentage of that group end up as guitar teachers. A much smaller sub-set write books about the activity.

I first documented 'the process' of how to play the barre chord back in the 1990s. Being very fortunate to have martial arts and Alexander Technique instruction when still a teenager, the barre chord came fairly easy to me. By talking about the 'gesture of expansion' I thought I had it all covered. Those who have read my earlier books will remember how little information I thought was needed to adequately explain the activity.

It was only recently that my explorations of the Feldenkrais Method led me to make conscious the connections between certain movements I had learned in the martial art Wing Chun, and the practice of the barre chord.

Using the information in this book anybody will be able to master barre chords on the guitar.

This article is an excerpt from:

Barre Chords Unlocked
Barre Chords Unlocked.

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