Skip to content
Which fingering of ...
 
Notifications
Clear all

Which fingering of Barred E?

21 Posts
15 Users
0 Likes
2,854 Views
Misanthrope
(@misanthrope)
Noble Member
Joined: 17 years ago
Posts: 2261
Topic starter  

Just wondering what kind of split we've got out there... how do you guys do your barred Es?

Pic 1:

Pic 2:

ChordsAndScales.co.uk - Guitar Chord/Scale Finder/Viewer


   
Quote
Ignar Hillström
(@ignar-hillstrom)
Illustrious Member
Joined: 20 years ago
Posts: 5349
 

Usually neither, it happens very rarely that I really need all six strings. So most of the time I use my four fingers to create a voicing using just four strings, like [x 3 3 2 1 x] or [x x 3 2 1 1]. If I have to choice one I'd probably go with the second one, I've fairly big hands so it comes kinda natural to me.


   
ReplyQuote
Musenfreund
(@musenfreund)
Illustrious Member
Joined: 20 years ago
Posts: 5108
 

It's not really a matter of the correct way as though there were one correct way. Though 87.3653% of the time I do it the first way, sometimes the second pic is the best way to finger this based on the context of the music and what has to happen around that chord -- preceding and succeeding riffs and chords. It's more a matter of which fingering is more common -- and I'd say the first pic is clearly the more common fingering.

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
-- John Lennon


   
ReplyQuote
Misanthrope
(@misanthrope)
Noble Member
Joined: 17 years ago
Posts: 2261
Topic starter  

Arjen: I did try and put an 'other' option in, but after three submits and no sign of the last option I got bored of that game... :)

Musen: Who said anything about one being correct? :wink:

ChordsAndScales.co.uk - Guitar Chord/Scale Finder/Viewer


   
ReplyQuote
Dan T.
(@dan-t)
Illustrious Member
Joined: 19 years ago
Posts: 5044
 

I probably use style 1 more often than style 2, but it does all depend on the song. There's a song I play, where you go from open E, to F#m, open D, and style 2 works best for that in my opinion. I originally learned style 2 while learning how to play Purple Haze by Hendrix. I'll sometimes switch to it if I'm playing a song with alot of barre chords, and my hand starts hurting. Style 2 is not as painful! :wink:

Dan

"The only way I know that guarantees no mistakes is not to play and that's simply not an option". David Hodge


   
ReplyQuote
dogbite
(@dogbite)
Illustrious Member
Joined: 18 years ago
Posts: 6348
 

am I missing something. those pics are F chords.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders


   
ReplyQuote
Misanthrope
(@misanthrope)
Noble Member
Joined: 17 years ago
Posts: 2261
Topic starter  

'Barred E' as in a barre chord formed from the shape of open E.

(Although my guitars are all tuned a half-step down, so technically... :mrgreen:)

ChordsAndScales.co.uk - Guitar Chord/Scale Finder/Viewer


   
ReplyQuote
nirvgas
(@nirvgas)
Estimable Member
Joined: 17 years ago
Posts: 171
 

I used to hate using the thumb (pic2) until I started playing some RHCP...now I'm addicted to it!! Darn you, Fruciante... :lol:

Life is my friend
Rake it up to take it in
Wrap me in your cinnamon
Especially in Michigan
...well I could be your friend- RHCP


   
ReplyQuote
dogbite
(@dogbite)
Illustrious Member
Joined: 18 years ago
Posts: 6348
 

there are times when fig.2 is perfectly fine.
then there are toimes when you really need the voicing of the full on barre.

when I play Johnny Cash I like the full on barre F chord. those fretted bass strings sound better.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders


   
ReplyQuote
guitarteacher
(@guitarteacher)
Trusted Member
Joined: 17 years ago
Posts: 46
 

Identical voicings in both pics. The fingering in pic 2 is wildly inefficient. The left hand wrist is hyperextended, the thumb is overextended, and, certainly, you can feel the excessive tension, especially as compared to the hand position in pic 1. No need to ever use that fingering, imo.

GT

If you want to be good, practice. If you want to be great, you must constantly change the way you think.


   
ReplyQuote
Musenfreund
(@musenfreund)
Illustrious Member
Joined: 20 years ago
Posts: 5108
 

Arjen: I did try and put an 'other' option in, but after three submits and no sign of the last option I got bored of that game... :)

Musen: Who said anything about one being correct? :wink:

Fair enough -- you caught me in my "standard response" mode. Sorry.

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
-- John Lennon


   
ReplyQuote
progressions
(@progressions)
Reputable Member
Joined: 17 years ago
Posts: 320
 

Depends on what other chords I'm playing--if I'm in a song with a lot of barre chords I'll often use the full barre to make it easier to move the shape around. If there are more lead fills I'll probably barre the first two strings and hook my thumb.

Jeff

Isaac Priestley: World Racketeering Squad
http://www.progressions.org/
http://www.youtube.com/worldracketeer


   
ReplyQuote
ColoradoFenderBender
(@coloradofenderbender)
Noble Member
Joined: 16 years ago
Posts: 1106
 

I go with #1. Full barre feels much more comfortable to me.


   
ReplyQuote
AKFlyingV
(@akflyingv)
Honorable Member
Joined: 17 years ago
Posts: 406
 

I also prefer the first one, but i'm lately starting to use the other one more often. I like 'em both, but the first one is the easier one for me.


   
ReplyQuote
ivankaramazov
(@ivankaramazov)
Estimable Member
Joined: 17 years ago
Posts: 181
 

I typically do the first one, only my pinky and ring finger are reversed.


   
ReplyQuote
Page 1 / 2