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Guitar Barre Chords + Beginners = Hatred of Guitar

Barre chords, sometimes spelled bar chords, are chords where you hold down more than one string at a time with a single finger. The name probably comes from the same exact barre that you'd imagine ballet dancers practicing and stretching on. Barre chords are very difficult for beginners to play. They require far more tension and balance than an open chord like G major.

This humble blog post can't help you learn guitar barre chords because the topic is complex and nuanced. Instead, this post was written to warn you about them.

How Hard is it to Learn Guitar? 5 Tips to Make Guitar Easier to Learn

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How hard is it to learn guitar? That's up to you. The most simplistic answer is to figure out how hard you expect it to be.

If you expect that it's going to be insanely difficult, then you are going to have an insanely difficult time learning guitar.

Expectations aside, there are ways that you can make guitar a bit easier to learn. These tips work because the most successful beginners to guitar do them without thinking about it. Ready?