Argh. F Already?

I won’t lie, guys. I have been living with a fear of barre chords. I’ve attempted to get the feel for them a few times, but there’s that part of my brain that says ‘but this is the hard shit!’ that has made me kind of shy away. I know I need to learn it, just like I know I need to learn several other things, but my modus operandi when approaching an intimidating lesson is too often ‘uh, I’ll do that later. I’m not ready for the hard things yet.’

The problem with being ‘not ready’ for the hard things ‘yet’, is that if you don’t work on them, you’ll never be ready, as I well know. But, the part of my brain that manages logic is often at odds with the part of my brain that handles motivation, so there you have it.

Still, ‘Guitar For Dummies’ isn’t pulling any punches. Fifty pages into a 300+ page book (that is to say, on chapter 4 of 19), I  find myself facing down my old nemesis once again as it introduces C family chords. There’s a part of me that’s like ‘F is the estranged member of the family, dammit’, but I’m currently buckling down and trying to work my way through it.

What I’m saying here is that I’m gonna be stuck on page 50 for a while. 🙂

In all seriousness though, it isn’t as intimidating as the last time I looked at it, which I guess is saying something. That doesn’t make it easy. As things stand I seem to be able to form the chord properly, but not maintain it long enough for it to be of much use. And, I can see how incredibly easy it should be to go from C to F – they are literally next door neighbors, but being able to see your neighbor’s barbeque over the fence is not the same as going over and saying hello, so to speak.

So, I don’t know. I guess the odds are high that I’ll be going into radio silence again for a while while I work through it, unless getting this chord down goes way better than I expect it to.

Still, it’s been more than 24 hours since I’ve opened this darn book, and I’m still using it, which, by my standards, is definitely progress.


6 thoughts on “Argh. F Already?

  1. I learned barre chords before open chords. It was an easy way to learn rock songs quickly. Hand strength is important, especially if you’re using heavy gauge strings.


    1. Geez, talk about jumping in feet first. I’ve taken a more roundabout way with it all, which more or less means I’m now coming back at things I should have done ages ago.

      Though, to be accurate GfD is actually teaching baby F atm – the version that looks very similar to a C shape chord.

      I’m working on both forms, because I’ve come at the F barre chord before and put it aside for later. It’s not like it’s impossible. I’m able to form it fine, but until I can consistently maintain it and switch in and out of it, I won’t consider it a chord learned. I’m still running into muting on the B string, so there is work to be done yet. It’s not like I’m far from getting it, it anything, but it’s also not an overnight process, developing the muscle memory.

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      1. I have both, but I do tend to work with the acoustic more. Not having to mess with plugs and stuff is convenient when I’m just working with YouTube or a book.

        …and anything I can do on acoustic I won’t have to struggle with on electric, in theory.

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      2. I’m still keeping things pretty simple, so not concerned about that yet.

        Besides, in all honesty, my acoustic is as close as you can get to an electric without actually being one, really, so the difference isn’t huge.


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