|Knowledge of barre chords can be one of your greatest assets as a guitar player
Barre chords also strike fear into many beginning and intermediate players
Barre chords can help increase your “knowledge” of countless chords – some with some crazy names
Here is a test: how quickly can you play an Ab13 without looking it up?
How about a Bbmaj9?
Or a Gbm7?
I know some of you can but I bet most can’t do it without having to look it up.
If you play guitar for any length of time, you WILL encounter a time where you have to play “that dreaded chord” on the spot!
I consider myself primarily a rock/pop guitar player (and yes, I include blues and country in that mix)
But I am not a jazz player. I am really a rock player who can play jazz.
That means I can sit in on a jam with jazzers and probably be fine with the “crazy chords” that inevitably come up. I’ve done this many times before.
Well, one of the secrets is knowing my barre chords.
Yes, those evil, nasty barre chords can be your greatest asset as a player!
So how does it work?
Before I get to that you need to be sure you have your barre chords down and sounding great!
If you already have them down, skip ahead. If not, this week I want you to focus on these FOUR barre chord shapes.