Based on @CateB 's comments in her “Conquered” topic, I want to stress some points that I might have glossed over in the video.
- Don’t learn the F chord first!
F is the worst introduction to barre chords! It’s way down at the bottom of the neck, close to the nut, where the strings are hardest to press and the frets are furthest apart. It’s no wonder we struggle with it.
Learn the shape higher up the neck, where you can comfortably get your fingers up against the frets without stretching. Probably somewhere between the 4th and the 8th should work.
Get all the strings ringing, without excess tension, on the higher frets first. Might take a few days - so be it.
Probably best to only practice this for 3 - 5 minutes a day at first. If your hand starts hurting, try to relax your grip, if it keeps hurting, stop and try again tomorrow for a shorter time.
Then, work down the neck one fret at a time, troubleshooting as you go. You will have to adjust your fingers, wrist, and elbow as you go down the neck.
- The B string
I don’t know if it was clear from the video how I was just focusing on feeling the B string buzzing under my index finger, and only increasing pressure there until it rang, while letting my other fingers just rest on the strings.
I thing the common reaction is to just grip harder with the whole hand to solve muted strings, which leads to all kinds of problems. This exercise should help with that.
Also, I forgot to mention that changing index finger position slightly can often help with the B string.
Thinking I might do a short video just on the B string problem child…lots of people struggle with it.