Part of the challenge in playing barre chords is that the tension in the string makes it hard to effectively fret so many strings with one finger. With less tension on the strings, fretting is much easier. There is a great solution to help lower the tension and improve your barre chord playing. Full Story.
Tune your guitar down a full step. In other words, instead of tuning E-A-D-G-B-E, tune to D-G-C-F-A-D. Then, capo the guitar on the 2nd fret. You’ll still be playing at the same pitch (the capo will offset the effect of the new tuning) but the strings will be less taut – making them easier to fret. Playing in this position will also mean you’ll be playing at a wider part of the neck – which might also help. Then, when you have it down, go back to normal tuning and save your capo for a song that needs it.
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