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(@jase36)
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I can hold down the barre no problem but I'm finding it difficult to fit my 3 fingers in to make the A shape. When playing an open A I've always played the D string with my middle finger as I struggled to fit my fingers in the standard fingering.

Now experience tells me if I work at it long enough it will eventually come but has any one any tips

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(@kblake)
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Jase,

If you mean doing root 5 barre chords, I barre with my first finger across all 6 strings and then I barre across strings 4, 3, 2 with my ring finger and mute the 1st string..
You can get away with out playing the 1st string on root 5 barre chords..

HTH

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(@embrace_the_darkness)
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I find it impossible to finger an A-shaped barre in the "correct" way, my fingers simply don't fit, even at the largest frets, so I play it as a double-barre like this:

------1-----------
------1----3------
------1----3------
------1----3------
------1-----------
------------------

(The numbers refer to the finger being used, not the frets)

Most of the time this works fine, occasinally the high e string won't ring out, but it's no big deal (not to me at this point anyway)

It does take quite a bit of practice to get your 3rd finger to fret all 3 strings while avoiding the high e string, but it can be done :)

You can also do it like this;

------1-----------
------1----3------
------1----3------
------1----2------
------1-----------
------------------

Where you use your 3rd finger to fret two strings. Personally I find this harder than the first method, but it might work fine for others.

Pete

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(@goodvichunting)
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I tried fitting three fingers on three adjacent strings but didn't find it easy at all.
So I switched to the double barre method (use the ring finger to barre the A shape).

In the example below, I would barre the 7, 7, 7 using my ring finger.

------5-----------------
------5-------7---------
------5-------7---------
------5-------7---------
------5-----------------
------x-----------------

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(@goodvichunting)
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hah, sorry guys, didnt see you posts till i had posted mine!

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(@trguitar)
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Yeah, what they said. It's really a two finger chord. Forget about that high E string. Mute it, dont strum it, whatever.

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(@rum-runner)
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I resemble those remarks. I too play it using the ring finger to barre the 3 strings on fret 3. BTW, being able to do it this way is especially handy when you move on to root 5 6th's and 7th's, as it leaves the pinky free to fret the E string on those chords. This is especially convenient for certain blues- type rhythms.

Regards,

Mike

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