1 - F Barre Chord

Here it is, the dreaded F chord! Most beginners struggle with this one and with good reason - it is an improver/ intermediate level chord and very much a step up from basic open chords! 

‘Barring’ means pressing down more than 1 string, usually with the first finger. This is hard, but is the gateway to being able to play any chord on guitar. This lesson shows how to play the full F barre chord. We’ll also look at an easier option and what chords happen with the F barre chord when used in real songs!




The F barre chord can take weeks or even months before we can use it in real songs. This is natural. However, it can be a real hold up if we want to play songs that just happen to have an F crop up in them. So, this page includes two easier options that you should be aware of that will definitely be easier and still sound like an F chord! 

It is important to know that these easier options are not ‘cheating’, they are still real chords! The only thing that matters is that they are appropriate for the song. One of these involves thumb muting. This is where the thumb lightly touches the thickest string. This is a technique I introduce in my Beginners Course Level 6 with Slash chords.




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This page is a a free taster lesson for my Improver Guitar Course book, download and DVD, which covers how to play barre chords, power chords and advanced open chords. It also includes 11 play along backing tracks in various acoustic and electric guitar styles to test and consolidate your new guitar skills! 

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  • Full TAB/ chords for each play along backing track

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