Chord Switching, Barre Drills for Ukulele

The ability to place a single finger across more than one string, a “barre” is an essential technique for chords as well single notes and double stops.

Published: May 19, 2019 Updated: May 19, 2019

4 Lessons in the “Chord Switching, Barre Drills for Ukulele” Series

Developing Your Finger One Barre

The ability to place a single finger across more than one string, a “barre” is an essential technique for chords as well single notes and double stops.

Barre Chords

barre, the old English spelling vs. bar which refers to a measure of music, is used to indicate a placing of a finger across two or more strings. If covering all the strings it's called a full barre and if fewer than all the strings it’s a partial barre. It’s a classical guitar technic used for guitar, ukulele, mandolin and other fretted string instruments regardless of style. In classical guitar notation, there are music symbols for indicating both a full barre, the letter C with option Roman numerals CVII for the fret position and a partial barre using a ¢VII with a line through it like a cent sign. Pretty rare for anything other classical guitar music.

The E/F Movable Barre Form Chord

The E/F Movable Barre Form chords are movable form chords based on the open position E, Em, E7 and Em7 chords. With the root on string six, these chords can be transposed to ANY key.

The A/Bb Movable Barre Form Chord

The A/Bb Movable Barre Form chords are movable form barre chords based on the open position A, Am, A7 and Am7 chords. With the root on string five, these chord can be transposed to ANY key.

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