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(@pearlthekat)
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Anyone with any advice on how to play the A shaped barre chords sounding all the correct notes. I need to play Suzanne in a couple of weeks and I'd rather do it like that than with open chords


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(@tinsmith)
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The first section of your ring finger bridges the three strings which form the basic shape of the chord.


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(@pearlthekat)
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that's the problem. how to do that without getting the high E string to thud.


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(@tinsmith)
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I sorry to quote this but, "Practice makes perfect."

You'll get it eventually, you have no choice.

All of a sudden, it will just happen.


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(@saryu)
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that's the problem. how to do that without getting the high E string to thud.

Learn it on a ukulele first. I couldn't do it at all on guitar until after I'd been playing the uke for a while (now I can do it using my index, middle or ring finger!). E chord on a ukulele is 4442, but the uke strings are slightly further apart so it is much easier and the skill is fully transferrable.


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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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Who cares about the top note.


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(@clideguitar)
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Who cares about the top note.

That's what I was taught! Just Barre the 4 strings with you ring finger, Index on the "A" string and play the middle 4 strings, even if you play the high "E" I was told it didn't matter?

Bob Jessie


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(@mmoncur)
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Depending on the size of your hands you can also do the four-finger version of the chord - barre with the index and use fingers 2, 3, and 4 on the other three strings. It's a tight squeeze but I can do it up to the 10th fret or so.


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(@corbind)
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Who cares about the top note.

Right. It's just another A note albeit an octave or two higher. Not needed.

"Nothing...can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts."


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(@saryu)
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Who cares about the top note.

Right. It's just another A note albeit an octave or two higher. Not needed.

Shhhh!!! Stop picking on that poor little A...you'll hurt his feelings! I used to do my B chord using mmoncur's method, but I always had trouble fretting the "important" B note, the one on the 5th string, properly.


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(@pearlthekat)
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i'm fingerpicking my song and the top note is the one i want!


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(@davidhodge)
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Which specific chord are you trying to get?

Peace


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(@ande)
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Yikes- using the ring finger is a LOT easier. (I've been playing it with all four fingers- you get all the notes, but it took a LOT of practice to be able to change to it at speed.)

But if you want to finger pick it, I'd go with a separate finger for each string, rather than ring finger across.

Best,

Ande


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(@pearlthekat)
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mostly i'm trying to get the C chord.


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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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If that G is your melody note try [x 3 2 0 1 3].


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