What do you do when your guitar playing seems to hit a wall? Are there songs that seem too hard to play? For many people bar chords seem too difficult to play. Never give up!
One of my friends mentioned to me that she had been playing the guitar for many years, but avoided playing all bar chords. She said that they were too hard to play. When I asked her how many hours in total she actually had tried to play them, she admitted it was just a couple hours!
I challenged her to ‘try’ to play them for just 5 – 10 minutes a day. If you don’t try, then you definitely will never succeed. The exciting thing that happens is your hand will get stronger. It’s like working out in a gym.
Let me back up and also say, if bar chords are your ‘wall’, you might want to have your guitar checked out. It may be too hard to play, period. There are some instruments with unusually high ‘action’ and those are hard to play. The action is the distance from the string to the neck. If the guitar is not the problem, with practice the bar chords will eventually became very easy to play.
One of my students was an intern at a local hospital. He tested patient’s hand grips and decided to test himself. He told me that he noticed his left hand was getting stronger. He was also pleased to find that his bar chords were getting clearer. He tested my hand grips and, although I’m right-handed, my left-hand grip was much stronger than the right too.
If it’s a specific song that’s bogging you down, it’s OK to move on and come back to it later. Sometimes things that were hard to play become easy later because your guitar playing has improved!
Just… never give up!