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

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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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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.

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(@musenfreund)
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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.

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(@misanthrope)
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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?

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(@dan-t)
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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!

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am I missing something. those pics are F chords.

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(@misanthrope)
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'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... )

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

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(@dogbite)
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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.

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(@guitarteacher)
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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.

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(@musenfreund)
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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?

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

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(@progressions)
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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.

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(@coloradofenderbender)
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I go with #1. Full barre feels much more comfortable to me.


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(@akflyingv)
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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.


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


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