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I think it’s especially important to understand the correlation between the barre chord and the open chord that it is related to. (i.e., a barre chord with the root on the 6th string is related to an open E chord, 5th string root is related to an A chord, etc.)

Have students practice playing the open chord versions with their 2, 3, & 4 fingers as they would with a barre chord, instead of their 1, 2, & 3 fingers. This way, they will have one less thing to struggle with as they are beginning this new and complicated skill.