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Old 07-11-2010, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Good songs to learn barre chords with?

As the title says, are there any good song that you can recommend that would help me get my barre chords flowing. I know how to play most of them, but I've had a really hard tome to get it to flow right in the song, I simply can't change quickly enough.

I've read that Hey Jude and Hotel California is supposed to be good, but I found the chord progressions to be too quick in the former and in the latter there were only two barre chords.

Help would be much appreciated.
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nirvana, Offspring, Green Day

basically any 90s punk/grunge type stuff.
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^yeah, 'Where is my Mind' by the Pixies has a nice 4-chord progression that requires a significant but still minimal amount of changing. It even features some easy but interesting rhythmic strumming that, once you master, can make you feel like you really know how to play
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^yeah, 'Where is my Mind' by the Pixies has a nice 4-chord progression that requires a significant but still minimal amount of changing. It even features some easy but interesting rhythmic strumming that, once you master, can make you feel like you really know how to play
Oh wow, I feel pretty lame as I love playing "where is my mind"....
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Dude, classic starter songs for learning barre chords: any Blink 182 song, its super simple. Try Damn it and All the Small Things, and another classic is Blitzkrieg Bop from the Ramones. Oh, and its not barre chords but you're not a guitar player until you know that intro riff to Smoke on the Water.
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Nirvana, Offspring, Green Day

basically any 90s punk/grunge type stuff.
Nirvana uses more power chords, though.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Nirvana uses more power chords, though.
so? the OP mentions having difficulty changing fast enough. practicing power chords will get you used to moving the root of the most vastly used barre chords all around the neck.

also, just because the songs are originally recorded with power chords doesn't mean you can't fill them out and play the full chord when you're playing along.
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Boy's Don't Cry.

A normal
F#
C#
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The perfect barre chord song, or as others have mentioned The Pixies Where Is My Mind, Nirvana are always great to learn, About A Girl was the first song I learnt with barre chords and it did me good.
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Thanks for the help, will check it out
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You mention that a song had only two barre chords, but of course any C, A, G, D - almost whatever chords you wouldn't normally play as barre chords are also playable as barre chords if you want the practice.
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