Barre chords are one of the most difficult things to play for a beginner. It’s just so hard to put pressure on all the strings at once and let them ring freely. The key for this is thumb placement behind the fretboard and of course, practice, practice and practice!
Let’s try to play a F Major chord using the following method:
1. Start playing a E Major chord as usual:
2. Now, let’s play the same chord but using the middle, ring and pinkie finger,so the index finger will be free:
3. Without lifting any finger, move them one fret up:
4. Do the barre on the 1st fret with the index finger, paying special attention to the 1st and 2nd string. They should ring freely.
5. Thumb placement. It should be place in the mid-low area on the fretboard, so the pressure will be applied directly over the proximal phalange of the index finger. The skin here is pretty soft and therefore, the string won’t ring properly if we don’t press them firmly.
It takes time to get this correctly and we might feel a sore hand, so don’t get discouraged! Practice it for 10 minutes, then let your hand rest, and try again. When you get this F Major chord done, try to play another chords all over the fretboard using the same method.