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Old 01-12-2017, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by TBman View Post
Like everyone has said, tough it through, but putting a capo on the 4th fret for instance to practice it makes it a bit easier due to the change in angle for the arm and the possible effect of a correction to the setup by the capo. Practice it on the 4th and work down to no capo over time.

If it is still hard after doing the above, your friend's guitar needs a setup.
As someone who is currently going through the barre chord learning process, I heartily agree with the above advice. Have them practice chord changes between C and F for several minutes a day. in a month or so, your muscles build up enough strength to hold the chords without the buzz.

I'm practicing using a I, vi, IV, V chord sequence in all the CAGED keys. This gives me a bit of practice with some common barre chords. For some reason the barre B really kicks my posterior more than the F did.

Pass on my sympathy to your friend. I feel his/her pain!
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:07 PM
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Practice playing the F chord?
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Old 03-19-2017, 04:15 AM
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Many discussions on this topic here. I found that after a year of playing a new guitar I needed a set-up badly. Still a hard chord.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:51 AM
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1) Guitar setup
2) Practice

A lot of beginner guitarists I have spoken to look at me funny when I mention them getting their guitars setup properly.

It can make a massive difference.
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:21 PM
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I've been playing that F barre chord for forty years, and I still flub it probabaly 10 percent of the time. And I use both the barre and the four string index finger on first and second strings chords.
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Old 03-29-2017, 11:23 AM
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I will echo the make sure the guitar has a good set up. And practice, practice, practice. The whole chord, all 6 strings.
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