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(@algebun)
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E A D G B E
- x x x x x fifth fret
- - - - - -
- - x x x -

Forgive the poor drawing. This looks to me like I need to do 2 barres. Using the index finger to barre the fifth fret (ADGBE) and using the ring finger to barre the seventh fret (DGB). My barring stinks to begin with but I don't see how your ring finger can barre the DGB but not touch the E. Your finger doesn't really bend that way? Am I missing something?


   
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(@musenfreund)
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Truth be told, most of us just avoid strumming the first string (the high e string).

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(@coolnama)
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Or you could use the 1st finger to barre and then use all the other fingers instead of barring, but yeah u can bar and do what Musenfreud says :D.

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(@alangreen)
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Barre the 5th fret with your first finger, and play an A chord with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

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(@chalkoutline)
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Barre the 5th fret with your first finger, and play an A chord with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

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If this is difficult for you I would suggest practicing your open chords using only fingers 2, 3 and 4.

My instructor called them "OK" chords. When you make the "OK" symbol with your hand the 2, 3 and 4th fingers stand up. Practicing open chords this way prepares you for movable barre chords. I know it made them much easier for me. Especially the "A" shape.

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(@mrodgers)
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Watching videos, I've always seen folks barre with the first, then just barre with the ring finger. When pushing down with the ring, the finger bends backwards a bit at the knuckle joints in an arch and it looks like it doesn't hit the high e. I'm not real good with barre chords, but I tried it and it worked out pretty well for me and my extreme high action, thick stringed, cheapo POS acoustic.


   
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(@noteboat)
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Yeah, that's the way it's done - I called it a "hinged" barre chord (swing your third finger back at the knuckle). In the beginning it can be tough to clear the high E string, but you'll get it in time; almost everyone can develop the flexibility to do it.

For those who can't - one of my students had a past finger injury that prevents him from even clearing the high E - just use a different fingering. Instead of playing x5777x, 10x777x gives you the exact same pitches. Use a first finger barre at the 7th fret, and your little finger frets D on the 6th string (and dampens the 5th string)

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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When I first started playing those A-shaped barres, I used the index to barre at the 5th fret and the ring to barre at the 7th fret. I didn't bother too much with the top E string - I'd try not to hit it, and in time I actually learned first to mute it then later, as my fingers got more used to guitar, to barre the D G and B strings with my ring finger and clear the top E string.

I've also found this shape very handy for playing sus4ths...move the ring finger across so it barres the A D and G strings.

557775 - D
577755 - Asus4.

Believe me, that shape'll come in very handy if you ever want to learn any of the songs on the "Tommy" album by the Who... I've tried about 4 songs so far and every one of them's got a Bsus4 chord played at the 7th fret!

:D :D :D

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