Watch the Barre Chord Tips online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from Guitar 201: Breakthroughs

Barre chords are often the first big barrier for guitar students because they can be harder to fret than open chords. But unlike open chords you can move them anywhere on the neck: Get one shape under your fingers, and you can recreate that chord quality — major, minor, minor 7, diminished, anything — all over the neck. So in this clip we’re offering some tips for working on barres, plus a few workarounds while they’re still coming together. Check out the charts for common barre-chord shapes, and notice the root-note names up and down the lower strings so that you can recreate chord qualities at any pitch.