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  1. Does the Guitar Barre work on all fretted instruments, including electric guitars, 12 string guitars, ukuleles, classical guitars, banjos, etc?
    YES – and with its adjustable strap and the option of using from 2 to 4 fingers on the finger rest, it fits all hand sizes.
  2. Can I use regular sheet music when using the Guitar Barre?
    YES - all you’ll need are the chords and lyrics to the song, not even the notes of the melody.
  3. Can I really play all songs this way?
    YES - with the Level I Method you will be able to play ALL MAJOR chords and substitute the harmonically substitutable major chord for most minor chords. This will enable you to play almost all songs. With the Level II Method you’ll be able to play the real minor chords as well. You will not be playing most 7th, augmented, suspended and other specialized chords. You will be substituting the root MAJOR and minor chords in their place. This is often done even by more experienced players and will not significantly affect the outcome of the song or your ability to play along with someone who is playing all these specialized chords. You can use this method for a lifetime of playing enjoyment.
  4. Does the Guitar Barre work on the Base Guitar?
    The base guitar is traditionally played one note at a time. However, there is nothing to prohibit one from ‘open tuning’ a base guitar and playing chords, which is easy to do with the Guitar Barre.
  5. Can I play along with someone else who is fingering chords?
    YES – you’ll be playing exactly the same chord, sometimes more fully, as you will be using all the strings on your instrument, and sometimes slightly higher pitched, especially when barreing chords well down the fretboard.
  6. How many Keys will I be able to play in?
    ALL KEYSALL MAJOR and minor chords (Level II). And in all Keys at a time, irrespective of the ‘open tuning’ used.
  7. Does it work for left handed players?
  8. Are the labels easily removeable?
    YES – once you get used to the chording positions, you will be able to play without the labels.
  9. Why can’t I just use a ‘bottle neck slide’?
    You could. If all you want to do is play ‘blues slide style’ you can use a traditional slide. It will be a little harder to use as it requires the use of one finger inside the slide to push the strings down, whereas the finger rest on the Guitar Barre enables you to use the full energy of your hand to push the strings down. If you want the natural chording sound produced when one barres a chord with their finger (not possible using a 'slide' - abrasive sounding and feedback when changing chords), the Soft Bar on the Guitar Barre does exactly that. This is one of the main advantages of using the Guitar Barre instead of a 'slide' for normal guitar playing. If you want the ability to play ‘slide style’ at times, each Guitar Barre comes with an interchangeable Hard Bar facilitating easy ‘slide style’ play as well.
  10. Is this really a legitimate way to play the guitar and other fretted instruments?
    YES - Follow this link to the bottom of our Homepage under References to look at the names of some of the professionals who use ‘open tunings’ and play ‘barre chords’. The only difference is they use their finger (difficult) or a ‘bottle neck slide’ (abrasive sounding) to barre the chords.
  11. How will this affect my or a child’s ability to progress to using a ‘standard tuning’ and ‘fingering’ chords?
    This Method will greatly enhance the likelihood of beginning success so that one does not get frustrated and give up. It will make the transition to ‘fingering’ a ‘standard tuned’ instrument much easier, if one decides to go that way (optional). For those who move onto the ‘standard tuning’ approach, they will be one step ahead when they are later exposed to ‘open tunings’ (normally taught as an advanced technique because of the difficulty associated with barreing chords with one’s finger).
  12. Is it hard to re-tune my instrument to an ‘open tuning’?
    NO – on guitars for example, only 3 strings require re-tuning which is easily accomplished with a chromatic electronic tuner. For 5-string banjos, which are already open tuned, no re-tuning is necessary.
  13. Can I really learn to play this way (I have no musical background) without taking private lessons?
    YES – the Method Books and Videos assume you know nothing about music and are very easy to follow. Out of thousands of units sold since 1990, we have only had 4 returned, usually from persons with a severe learning or physical disability. Please refer to our TESTIMONIALS webpage for some positive feedback we have received from many of out satisfied customers.
  14. I have arthritis in my chording hand – will I be able to play this way?
    YES – the Guitar Barre also works well for those with missing fingers or finger tips. It even works for those with just one hand or who are blind (see the section under MORE INFO, SPECIAL NEEDS).
  15. How young can a child get started using the Guitar Barre?
    We recommend about 6/7/8 years of age, depending on the child. However, we have also developed the CHILD’S BARRE (see the ORDER FORM or MORE INFO, YOUNG CHILDREN sections) which facilitates successful chording for those of even a younger age.
  16. Do you have a money back guarantee?
    YES – return within 30 days for a refund (less shipping and Paypal processing fees).
  17. Do you ship internationally?
    YES, and at very reasonable rates.
  18. I would like to teach others to play – is it possible to teach groups this way?
    YES – this is the perfect Method for teaching groups, even full classroom sized groups. Many music teachers, religious education instructors, recreation leaders, etc. are teaching 8/9 year olds and up to play this way. They are playing 2 and 3 chord songs after their first lesson.
  19. Can I play so called ‘power chords’ using this Method?
    YES – just switch to an ‘open 5th tuning’ (covered in our Method Books).

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