bd40bc7c7a Note: We call these chord shapes "open" or "open position" because they include unfretted (open) strings. They could save your hands and your career as a guitarist.OK, what is this big secret tip that will make using the great downloadable bar chord chart and bar chords, in general, a breeze?How to play bar chords the easy way -If your anything like me when I was first learning to play bar chords I would clamp my hand around the guitar neck like I was trying to strangle a goose that was trying to kill me and my family.That's a great way of not only making it sound really bad, but also a great way to send your hands into spasms for two weeks.Instead of clamping down with all your might on your hands trying to get that bar chord to sound right, use you thumb behind the neck as a clamping lever and pull back with your triceps muscle.Just pull your elbow on your fretting arm straight backwards and use the pressure that you produce from that to clamp the fretting hand around the neck.This is a revelation that I found to be the trick to making bar chords a breeze.Try it!Links to useful websitesHow to play Barre chords Bar Chord Chart PDF Return home from bar chord chart to home page. Your choice. Roy Urgent Medical Fundraiser for my wife, Jenny.My wife has been having major medical challenges with brain and spinal tumors that have left her paraplegic and bedbound.We have set up a fundraiser to help her get the help she needs. This lesson provides print-friendly (PDF) versions of the beginner guitar chord charts found in the chord basics series.Every beginner guitarist should know the chords on this page. Cmaj > Cmaj7 > C7 > Cmaj7)Trust your ears - if it sounds good, it is!Try both strumming and picking (one note at a time) these chords.Thanks for your time! .