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    I am gonna learn to play a clean, clear Bb chord today even if I have to play it over and over ‘til my fingers bleed and the neighbors beg me to stop. I have tried before and failed, and quit playing in F. Now I’ve decided to conquer it. I just hope my fingers hold up.

    I want to play the C chord on my baritones and tenor guitars. C-F-G7 bar is F-Bb-C7 norm.

    I hope I don’t break my uke.
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    Good luck! I hope your efforts don't leave you flat.

    I played guitar for many years, and the Bb chord shape is identical to F on guitar. I notice that when I play Bb on uke, my thumb is up past the nut on the back of the headstock, clamping in the middle. Once you get it, it's great to to able to slide up 2 frets to a different sounding C chord.
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    That is A# idea.

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    I was going to suggest you play A# instead of Bb (since it's easier.....) but that would be cruel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    I am gonna learn to play a clean, clear Bb chord today even if I have to play it over and over ‘til my fingers bleed and the neighbors beg me to stop. I have tried before and failed, and quit playing in F. Now I’ve decided to conquer it. I just hope my fingers hold up.

    I want to play the C chord on my baritones and tenor guitars. C-F-G7 bar is F-Bb-C7 norm.

    I hope I don’t break my uke.
    The one thing I learned that revolutionized that shape for me was this: pull down. Instead of mashing into the fret board harder and harder in an attempt to get all the strings fretted, just pull towards the floor ever so slightly (not enough to bend the notes). Once I did this, my Bb was instantaneously fixed. Maybe I should add that I also barre all the strings with my index instead of just the E and A strings. That was easier for me.

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    I had to learn Bb because so many of the songs I was transposing for my singing range ended up in F for me to sing comfortably. I barre the first two strings and I can chord it cleanly but it always sounds a bit more muted and duller than open chords with fewer fretted strings which ring out more. Now the E chord is another story. I can't always avoid it but I try to transpose around it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    The one thing I learned that revolutionized that shape for me was this: pull down. Instead of mashing into the fret board harder and harder in an attempt to get all the strings fretted, just pull towards the floor ever so slightly (not enough to bend the notes). Once I did this, my Bb was instantaneously fixed. Maybe I should add that I also barre all the strings with my index instead of just the E and A strings. That was easier for me.
    I tried the full barre and the three finger barre before and didn’t like ‘em, however, I can play the A-E barre but not consistently. It sounds sometimes like I’ve dropped the uke or had some kinda spasm. I generally try to stay away from barre chords.

    I’ll try your suggestion and see if I can cure my Bb-itis. I got nowhere ta go but up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    I played guitar for many years, and the Bb chord shape is identical to F on guitar.
    I played guitar for almost 50 years and first learned barre chords in 1965 to play 12 barre blues. It took a little while but was not all that difficult because I'm lucky, my teacher told me that my hand has the perfect physiology to play guitar. My fingers bend back slightly and my thumb is L shaped. He required I keep my thumb on the back of the neck exactly opposite the fingers, classical guitar style, and relax. I find that makes it easier to play chords, it forces my wrist to be at an angle that benefits making barre chords.

    My thumb is right behind the first fret section when I make a Bb. My index finger has a slight back bend, conducive to cover more than one string, and my L shaped thumb makes it easier to keep pressure opposite the fingers. If your fingers don't back bend, then as ripock does, barre all the strings with the index finger.




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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    I had to learn Bb because so many of the songs I was transposing for my singing range ended up in F for me to sing comfortably. I barre the first two strings and I can chord it cleanly but it always sounds a bit more muted and duller than open chords with fewer fretted strings which ring out more. Now the E chord is another story. I can't always avoid it but I try to transpose around it.
    I don’t do E chords.
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