Another Barre Chord Realization…

Well, it’s Day 6, and I just noticed something rather obvious:

If I lift the barre off of D7, I’m sitting in a C chord position. I normally form C with my ring finger, so it didn’t quite dawn on me that my middle finger was sitting in the exact right place for it with the D7 chord. Switching back and forth between C and D7 seems like it’s working out to be good practice for placing D7. If I start from a C chord using my middle finger, D7 seems to line up well to sound clearly for the most part. Actually, attacking it that way, tonight I’ve been able to get D7 to sound out properly almost every time, and my hand isn’t as tired from it.

Bm, on the other hand, is now harder by comparison. Amazing, what a difference one day makes. Just yesterday I found Bm the easier of the two. Today, Bm is about the same as yesterday, but D7 has become much easier. I guess what I need is an ukulele chord with the third finger on the fourth fret, G string to practice laying the barre down while leaving my ring finger in place to reach my chord epiphany on that one. (How I would even search for that short of going bleary eyed looking at chord charts, I have no idea.)

My hand does still feel the muscle strain, but I feel like I’m kind of getting used to it and they’re not turning out to be all that horrible, after all. Maybe later, or tomorrow, I’ll flip the page in the ukulele handbook. It’s bound to give me some sort of practical application to practice within the next few pages.

In any case, 6 days into my first barre chords, and I can do one of the two properly for the most part. I think that’s pretty decent progress, really.  Of course, once I get to guitar, with those steel strings, it’s still going to be pretty tough, but that’s okay. I still think working on them on the ukulele first is giving me a nice head start of sorts for tackling them on guitar later.

And, anyway, ukulele is fun.  Everyone should play ukulele. The world would be a less stressed-out place, I think. 🙂

Until next time, still plugging away, one barre at a time.

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4 thoughts on “Another Barre Chord Realization…

    1. I guess it must be to someone who has a proper education. I’m sure I seem really unfocused at times. lol. I’m basically fumbling along with youtube and google to guide me. One question leads to the next question, and I just keep moving forward in my weird little DIY way.

      I started the blog as added incentive; I figured that if I had to write about it, I’d be more inclined to actually do it. The blog sort of took on a life of it’s own, but I think that’s still very much at the core of everything. I have my share of ranty posts that I can look back on during the harder times and go ‘see, I thought that was impossible, but I can do it now, so I can fight my way through [insert whatever problematic thing here], too.’ It helps me keep some perspective on the progress that’s being made.

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      1. Oh yeah it seems like writing about it is clarifying your ideas on how to progress. Like you seem to be identifying the problem and figuring out how to get past it.

        Don’t worry, i can assure you that process never ends. Every day I’m still doing the same thing. Coming up against problems in music, either technique or theory and figuring out how to progress. You never really get to ‘the end’ with musical instruments. Feel free to ask me questions if i can be of help. Here, or email or whatever. Though it looks like youre doing really well on your own.

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      2. That’s actually one of the things I like about them. I’ve always hopped from hobby to hobby – when I reached a certain point in one, I would get bored and drop it in favor of something entirely different, which would subsequently get dropped. With music, there are always going to be new avenues with an instrument, or new instruments. So, in theory, I will always have something new and interesting to chase. It should be virtually impossible to get bored.

        All I want for the moment is to become competent enough to play some songs, but once I get there, I’ll have already decided on what the next goal is. I can see that happening already: I don’t need to worry about barre chords or melody much just to play “a few songs”, all I really need for that is some basic chords, but I’m working on those things anyway, so clearly I’m working towards something I’m not even fully aware of yet.

        I really don’t think of it as doing it on my own at all. Rather, I have help from all sorts of people – the people who wrote the books and articles I’m reading, the people who took the time to make the youtube videos I’m using, all the guys on the guitar forums on reddit where I occasionally ask questions, my guitar buddy in Canada who gets the most bizarre of my questions…people who comment on my blog. I have lots of teachers, just not very much structure. 🙂

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