Barre guitar chords – 8 barre chords to know

Discover 8 forms of barre chords you must know on a guitar!

Here are positions you can apply for any tone. This will allow you great freedom on guitar by retaining only 8 forms of barre chords! Here you will find the most commonly used barre positions in the form of chord diagrams, downloadable for free in PDF format!

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Beginner on the guitar? Learn to read this practical note!

The chords are presented as chord diagrams. If you can not read them, do not panic, we explain to you everything!

  • A chord diagram shows the neck of the guitar seen from the front as if you held your guitar in front of you. Bass string (the low E string) will be on the left.
  • The frets are symbolized by squares.
  • The black circles tell you where to place your fingers. They are numbered to specify the position of each finger. From 1 for the index to 4 for the little finger.
  • A cross over a rope indicates that it should not be played
  • A round indicates that you have to play the “open string”, it means without pressing any square.

You now have the essential information to understand this fact sheet as beginner guitarists. If you want more details on the chord grids, do not hesitate to consult our dedicated article!

Why these 8 forms of guitar barre chord?

If there is a step that you can not jump over when you learn the guitar, it’s the barre! Learning the barre is a real step to pass for a beginner guitarist, but once mastered, you will discover new horizons! Because the barre chords unlock many possibilities of guitar chords, and you will see that your workouts were worth it!

If you’re new to the guitar and still do not know the barre, you can read our article to tackle it gradually and take advantage of sound advice that will allow you to succeed in your barre chords quickly!

To return to these 8 forms of barre chords, these are the ones you must learn first, because they are very common, and you will find them in almost all styles of music! They are the basic positions to know before you continuing to other positions of more complex chords, or more specific to a musical genre. In addition, the other barre chords you will meet are often the evolutions of these 8 chord forms. It will be easier to learn them if you already know them!

You will find these forms of chords in many pieces, which will give you the material to train you.

This practical document allows you to identify the barre chords that must be learned first. Moreover, you can download it for free as a printable PDF to always have it on you when you need it!

Need more chords? Enjoy our interactive guitar chords chart!

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