cnev wrote:MrEworm whenyou practice your barre chords you need to be aware of the pressure you are exerting and your finger, hand and arm positions.
Try putting an E shaped barre at the fifth fret...577655. Barre across the fifth fret with your index finger, first finger on the 6th fret of the G string, middle finger on the 7th fret of the A string, and pinky (ring finger) on the 7th fret of the D string. Take your thumb OFF the back of the neck and press the whole barre chord down - see how much pressure you have to exert? Now put your thumb - loosely - on the back of the neck. Play the chord again. If it doesn't ring clearly, try and increase both the downward presure - from your fingers - and the upward pressure - from your thumb - slightly. The trick is finding a balance between the two pressures - your thumb is stronger than your fingers, but not as strong as all of them pressing downwards at once!
You have to experiment - trial and error, if you like - till you find the best grip for YOU. I'd be willing to bet, with all the damage I've inflicted on my hands over the years (broken fingers, a severed tendon) that my thumb's stronger pro rata than most people's. You have to find the lightest grip that'll work for you - and remember, the lighter the grip you use, the faster & easier it'll be to move those barres around.
"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)