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Power Chord And Bar Chord Guitar Lessons

Updated on August 6, 2009

Power Chords For The Guitar

Welcome to the Power Chord lesson series. When you learn to play your guitar using power chords, you will be able to play more easily and efficiently.

Power chords can be used when you can't stretch your fingers the correct way for the chord. Just use a power chord for that particular chord. There are often power chords used in rock songs. Don't worry. After a lot of practice, you will eventually be able to stretch your fingers into the right position to play the regular chords but in the meantime, this will work.

Relax! There are not as many bar chords as there are regular chords. Power chords can be used to make things a lot simpler than they are.

The F chord or the G chord may be hard chords for you to arrange your fingers properly. So you can use power chords to replace them and the sound will still be close enough.

For example, the G power chord can also be the G 7th as well. Or the B power chord can also be used as the B 7th. Power chords are a good way to learn to play your guitar. In my opinion, they are the simplest thing to play on a guitar.

Now you are ready for power chord lessons. As I usually say, practice and determination are the keys to successfully mastering the guitar. Remember, there is no rush. Take your time. So practice, practice, practice and have fun with it.

As we progress through the lessons, I will add links to songs that you can play with power chords. If you have requests for a guitar tab, I will try to find it for you.

As I usually say, practice and determination are the keys to successfully mastering the guitar. Remember, there is no rush. Take your time. So practice, practice, practice and have fun with it.


Bar Chords

Welcome to the Bar Chords for guitar lesson series. When you learn to play your guitar using these chords, you will be able to play more easily and efficiently.

These chords can be used when you can't stretch your fingers the correct way for the chord. Just use one for the particular chord you are having trouble making.

Don't worry. After a lot of practice, you will eventually be able to stretch your fingers into the right position to play the regular chords but in the meantime, this will work.

Relax! There are not as many of these chords as there are regular chords. They can be used to make things a lot simpler than they are.

The F chord or the G chord may be hard chords for you to arrange your fingers properly. So you can use these chords to replace them and the sound will still be close enough.

For example, the G chord can also be the G 7th as well. Or the B chord can also be used as the B 7th. They are a good way to learn to play your guitar.

Now we are going to have a guitar lesson for bar chords.

To make a bar chord, take your pointer or index finger and put it across the fret so that you are pushing down on all of the strings straight across that you want to start off on. Put your middle finger on the next fret, fourth string. Put your ring finger on the very next fret, second string. Put your pinky on the third string but on the same fret as your ring finger.

The photo below shows me making a G bar chord. I hope this helps you to better understand where to place your fingers.

G Bar Chord

Me making a G Bar Chord on the guitar.
Me making a G Bar Chord on the guitar.

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    • elija_god profile image

      elija_god 

      7 years ago from Abuja, Nigeria

      Big,Big thanks for the Gitar info,i really love it!

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      Carl Gallant 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Barre chords are tough to play and only a few beginners make it past this point. However, if you keep at it and incorporate simple techniques you should progress beyond the giving up point.

      Nice Hub,

      Useray

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      greenguitar 

      8 years ago

      Great information. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Acoustic Guitar Man 

      8 years ago

      Barre Chords are tough to play man!

    • Rob Lattin profile image

      Rob Lattin 

      8 years ago from Born in Chicago, now I'm in Mostly Michigan

      Liked your hub! Power chords are a necessity for anyone playing hard rock (metal etc)plugged in or not! Think of all the great songs that are built on power chords: Smoke on the water, Cat Scratch Fever, anything by UFO, Scorpions, and thousands more.

      Keep up the good work.

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