Lesson: Barre Exercise for Classical Guitar – This is Exercise No. 16 from my pdf book 20 Favorite Exercises for Classical Guitar for beginner to intermediate classical guitarists. Includes: notation, TAB, fingerings, practice tips, video lessons. YouTube Lesson Link.
The technique of the barre (or bar) is challenging for many students. However, I’ve observed that many students do not practice barre exercises on a regular basis. They struggle and push harder and harder to compensate for inaccuracies in their barre technique. This exercise is intended to teach dexterity in the barre finger without adding tension or pressure. Only apply pressure to the exact spot on the barre finger that corresponds to the string being used. For example, if you are playing on the third string, only apply pressure to the part of the 1st finger that makes contact with the third string. Don’t apply pressure to all the strings if you are only playing the 3rd string. Your 1st finger should always be touching the strings and there with be some pressure on the strings around it but you do not need to push down across all the strings.