Hello, my dear subscribers and friends. I am back with a blog post today which I believe will be valuable to you. It has a true-life story and a guitar lesson by a guest. But before going on to the guest post let me tell you how the F chord changed my life.
The story of my guitaring
So this is a story that happened a while ago when I had just graduated to be a doctor from the Armed Forces Medical College and had come to Bangalore to do my internship which lasts for about a year.
The 5 $ guitar
As I had written about how I got my first guitar in one of my previous posts titled “5 necessary tips to help you buy your new guitar”, I refer you to read the entire story by clicking on the link above. To cut the long story short, I bought a beautiful guitar from my friend who needed some cash desperately. I had to pay him an unbelievable amount of as low as 5 Dollars (close to 350 Indian Rupees) for the guitar which was a real steal by any standards!
My hesitation to learn the Guitar
But I didn’t go about learning how to play the guitar right then in college. That was because I always thought that it would be tough to learn. And besides, I was not too inclined to pick up a new instrument in the midst of all the heavy reading that I was supposed to do to become a doctor.
The Raynolds Music Shop on Brigade Road Bangalore
But when I reached Bangalore to do my internship it was time that I started learning the guitar. So I joined a guitar class on the famous Brigade Road called Raynolds. Sad, it doesn’t exist there any longer.
The Basic Chords
There I had Mr. Richards who was my first guitar teacher and he showed me a few simple chords. They were A, D and E if I remember properly. And the song of course “She’ll be coming round the mountain as she comes, as she comes”. If you have ever tried your hand at guitaring this song would have crossed your path. And of course who can forget “Country Roads”.
The F Chord
These chords were kind of easy but the trouble started thereafter. The F chord had arrived! That felt so hard to play. My fingers hurt really bad trying to play the F chord but no good music came out of my guitar. Mr. Richards said that if I had to make progress I had to cross this big barrier.
Madhu Sweet as Honey!
This was the time that I found a beautiful person learning to play the guitar in the same class. She was in the same boat! I could hear a lot of noises coming from her guitar and guess what? She was learning the F Chord too. I asked her name and she said “Madhu”, the word for honey in the Indian language Sanskrit!
The power of the F Chord
Thereafter we got talking and today nearly 25 years later I’m married happily and am so lucky to have her as my wife. That’s the power of the F Chord I suppose! So by and by I learned the F Chord and Madhu quit guitaring and has become an avid listener.
The chord genome project
When I read about A Better Way to Learn the F Barre Chord on Guitar on the Chord Genome Project I loved it. And so here it is for you if you are struggling with the F Chord! The author Austin summarizes the best techniques to learn the F Chord and I’m sure that it will add value to your practice.
A Better Way to Learn the F Barre Chord on Guitar
The F barre is one of the hardest chords for beginners on the guitar:
- It hurts to play.
- It sounds terrible (at first).
And worst of all, F major appears in a lot of songs.
For most beginners, that last point is a major stumbling block. And they do everything in their power to avoid tunes that use the F barre chord.
But we can use F major’s popularity to our advantage by adopting the Batch Method – a practice technique that makes learning difficult chords a little less intimidating. In fact, this is the very method I used to learn the F barre on guitar. And apart from being both simple and actionable, this powerful technique is also free.
Let’s take a look.
Using the Batch Method to Master the F Chord
Beginners have struggled with the F barre since the dawn of guitar music. And the usual method for learning this chord involves picking out a target song and practicing it until you’ve mastered that tune (and the F barre with it).
But playing the same song hundreds of times is both boring and tedious. Worse still, it’s very easy to grow resentful of your target song if progress doesn’t appear quickly.
However, the Batch Method uses a slightly different approach.
Rather than practice a single target song, we’ll tackle several at the same time. In effect, we’ll find a “batch” of tunes that all use chords we’re already familiar with – plus the F barre.
Here’s how the process works.
How the “Guitar Chord” Batch Method Works
Let’s assume, that we already know how to play the following beginner chords:
The goal now is to find songs that use those chords plus F major. Fortunately, we can do that quickly with this free Search Songs by Chord tool. After plugging in the chords we know, we’ll instantly receive a list of tunes we can start playing right away.
For example, here is a sample search of G, C, D, Am, Em, F:
- As a logged out user, we get over 500 tunes that use those chords exclusively.
- If we’re logged in as a Free user, we get more than 5,000 positive matches.
These songs are all practice opportunities for learning the F barre chord. And it’s just a matter of picking out 10 (or more) tunes and cycling through them at our own pace.
It’s worth noting that simply having a list of songs won’t make F major easier. We still need to put in a ton of work to improve. And yes – progress will be slow-going as our fingers grow accustomed to the chord changes.
It takes time.
But here are 2 important benefits that the Batch Method has over the standard approach that most beginner guitarists follow.
Benefit 1: No More Boredom
It’s impossible to get bored since we have so many different practice songs to choose from. Some tunes from our list are slow, and others are fast. And there is a healthy mix of rock, pop, soul, country, and folk music to suit whatever tastes we might have. So if we ever get tired of practicing one song from this list, we can always switch to another.
But here’s the real beauty of this technique.
It doesn’t matter what songs we decide to play (or for how long) – we’ll always be improving at the F barre chord. That’s because regardless of genre, tempo, melody, or progression – every tune on our list uses the same underlying chords (including F major).
Benefit 2: No More Resentment
The other major benefit is that we won’t grow resentful. Instead of placing all of our hopes in a single song, we’re spreading the burden (and our practice) across many different tunes. And this makes it easier to stay motivated as we steadily improve at the F barre chord.
Again – if we start to grow bored or resentful of any tune on our list, we can always switch to another (while still receiving the same chord practice).
But what truly makes the Batch Method so powerful is that we can use this technique with any difficult court – not just the F barre. So whenever we confront a tough chord that’s giving us trouble, we can just plug it into the search engine to find practice songs that help us focus on our new target chord.
Try the Batch Method (and Master the F Barre Chord Today)
Anyway, that’s the Batch Method in a nutshell. To put it into action, head over to the Chord Genome Project and start finding songs (and chords) to practice.
Best of luck.
And happy strumming.
Author: The Chord Genome Project
The Chord Genome Project is a free search engine that helps you find songs based on the chords they use. Just type in the guitar chords you already know, and it’ll spit out a list of tunes you can start playing right away.
So, my dear readers, that’s it for this post. I’d like to thank Austin and Jason for their contribution to this blog. Do follow the Chord Genome Project. See you in another post soon! Happy music to you