One of the biggest hurdles for those taking guitar lessons in Costa Mesa is the barre chord, which involves pressing down multiple strings with a single finger. While it might seem tempting to avoid barre chords and use alternate fingerings, barring is a fundamental part of playing guitar that will make the act of playing so much easier.
Technique is definitely important. You should press down the strings using the side of your index finger, not the flat part. Don’t hold down too hard. If your grip is numb from how much force you’re exerting, you’re probably doing it wrong. If all else fails, try adjusting your wrist position. Moving your wrist forward is generally enough to improve your barring abilities.
Above all, practice daily. Try to play songs that use barre chords, and focus on making each string ring even and full.