#1
Hello I'm trying to play 'Black Hole Sun' by Soundgarden.

When I play this part, I am barring the notes to make the sound smoother:

e------------------|
B------------------|
G-------5---------|
D-----5-----5-----|
A---5---------5---|
D-5-------------5-|

but when I change to:

E-----------------|
B-----------------|
G-------5---------|
D-----5-----------|
A---5-------------|
D-8---------------|

I am also barring the A, D and G string, but if I leave my pinky on the D string after initially playing the A# ...then my pinky somehow mutes the next note (the D on the A string). But if I take the pinky off rather than leaving on whilst I play the whole of the above, then it somehow how sounds disrupted and not smooth.

What do you think is better: practicing until I can play with the pinky left on...or just play the A# and then take the pinky off while I play the rest of the notes? Which would you do?
#2
Just practice with yer pinky on, it'll just take "training" if you will to arch your pinky finger properly and give it the strength to play properly.
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#3
practice, you have to put your pinky straighter, so you don't block any other strings...
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#4
I think the secret behind getting this right is getting your hand/arm further around the neck of the guitar, having your thumb at about the middle of the neck.