I'm looking for songs that have a lot of chord changes requiring barre chords
After a couple of YEARS of steady practice, I'm finally starting to nail my barre chords pretty well. Here are a few songs that I practice with:
> Creep / The Air that Breathe: G B C Cm G (all barres)
> I'm Not in Love: A Am Abm Ab7 C#m C#m7 (x2), then A, F#m, B then an open E
> That Thing You Do (lots of barres in this one)
> Sister Golden Hair
As BGD said, take any song and play your open chords as barres. You can even go so far as to play your open E with fingers 2-4 and your open A as a 3rd finger barre. Lay your index finger across the strings between the nut and the tuning pegs so that it feels like a barre.
Above all, keep at it. It will take some time (years in my case), but it will eventually feel natural.
...I leave the previous chord a little early to give me time to make the barre. .... Is this ok? Do other people do this?
Yes and yes. Topdown's rule #1: If it sounds good, it IS good.
Here's another question-- ... I'll do an alternate fingering so I don't have to do the chord. Do other people do this? Or do you always make yourself do a full barre?
Oh yeah. When I'm playing, I still occasionally fake a Bm with xx4432, a Bb as xx3331 or play a "small F" (xx3211). (Those forms work all the way up the neck, by the way, just like barres do.)
When I'm practicing, I usually force myself to do the full barre. Speed comes with practice.
Last edited by Astronomikal (2012-08-10 02:04:13)