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Koseydon
post May 13 2013, 09:16 PM
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Hi,

I have question in my mind for a long time. I play guitar for some time and i dont have any trouble with barre chords with my electric guitar. But when i tried to play barre chords with my acoustic guitar, after few minuets my right hand starts to aching. especially with higher notes (F F# B Bb etc). what you think of this? is this because of my positioning is wrong? or i need ignore the pain to practice more ? or its just because of my guitar is very poor quilty?

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Kristofer Dahl
post May 13 2013, 09:41 PM
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Hi Koseydon and welcome to GMC!

The problem you are describing is a very common one: barre chords are much easier on the electric guitar than on the acoustic. This has most likely nothing to do with the quality of your acoustic guitar.

If I haven't played the acoustic for a while - fretting barre chords will be a pain for me as well.

Usually the solution to your problem is to experiment with your left hand thumb position and left hand index finger angle. This tutorial applies to the acoustic guitar as well - so even if you have already checked it out, I would suggest going through it again. Also, make sure you are relaxed so that your hand doesn't cramp up.

Keep us updated on your progress!

edit - never ignore pain when practicing. When you feel pain, take a break and don't start practicing until pain is gone!


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Darius Wave
post May 14 2013, 12:07 AM
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Kristofer nailed the issue. You can also consider that the standard strings gauge for acoustic is 11 or 12 while electric is 9 or 10. Some og us, electric guitar players need some extra practice or just a time spended with acoustic guitar to start to feel comfortable with it. Like Kristofer said...it's time to experiment with You hands positions.


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Gabriel Leopardi
post May 14 2013, 05:23 AM
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Hi & welcome Koseydon!! I think that Kris is right about experimenting with the position. Playing acoustic guitars usually requires more strength so maybe this is just a matter of practice until your hand feels comfortable with it.


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Cosmin Lupu
post May 14 2013, 11:59 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ May 14 2013, 04:23 AM) *
Hi & welcome Koseydon!! I think that Kris is right about experimenting with the position. Playing acoustic guitars usually requires more strength so maybe this is just a matter of practice until your hand feels comfortable with it.


I definitely agree with Gabe's words and I will come up with a little movie for you in order to support Kris's advice!



This post has been edited by Cosmin Lupu: May 14 2013, 02:25 PM


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