Barre chords are made by clamping a finger, usually the index, down flat on two or more strings. Full barre chords have the index finger over all six strings, which makes them more difficult than open chords. To play a full barre chord, first make sure you thumb in is back of and at right angles to the neck with the knuckle in the middle of the neck and the left wrist arched downward. The index finger should be straight from the proximal knuckle (where the finger joins the hand) to the tip, and the middle knuckle should be over the second string. With the exception of the Bb, all the chords above are full barre chords. The Bb is a ring finger barre chord.

2. The chords in the first row are E-form barres and can be thought of as a way to make a chord with a root of E movable. The root note is on the sixth string. Those in the second row are A-form barre chords and allow a chord with a root of A to be moved. A-form barres have the root on the fifth string. In the Bb chord, the first finger hold holds down the fifth string with the tip touching and muting the sixth string, while the ring finger holds down the second, third, and fourth strings and mutes the first string.

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