#1
Hey i don't really play that much rhythm guitar. What i normally do is barre either with e or a shape sometimes d, every now and then ill use an open chord if it's a natural major or somethin and close to where i am. There's just too many shapes so when i play 7th's 9ths 13ths stuff like that 99% of the time i'll barre it.. But i look at some chords on this website and less common chords often seem to be tabbed as open? Is it just preference or is there a reason behind this?
#2
Also, i like being able to attack all the strings when barring and mute by lifting my left hand

sq: how do you guys like to finger emaj7 it's awkward i just barre the d and g strings and have my ring finger fretting the note on the a string..otherwise my fingers get all tangled up
#3
It really depends on what sound I'm going for personally. Like you said, the left hand mutes make barre chords interesting for funk rhythms or anything you'd need a staccato sound for. The open chord voicings are still worth learning though, since they have a lot more powerful and--prepare yourself--open sound. Deciding which to use just depends on the application.

Also, if you really wanna mix things up, you should learn some jazz chords.
#4
It depends on some factors, when I'm playing a chord progresion using open chords mostly. Then I'll try to play as much open chords as I can. Because the chords blend together better that way and technique-wise I think it's easier. When I'm playing mostly barre chords (for example Death of A Martian by RHCP, which has some funny chords in the chorus) I'll barre them all.

It matters to the sound of a song/progression you're playing and how much you have to shift you're hand along the neck for it.

It's just important you learn to play a chord in every way and on the most octaves you can. And figure out as much techniques as you can. For example using your thumb for the lower E-string in chord (jimi hendrix-style)
#5
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Hey i don't really play that much rhythm guitar. What i normally do is barre either with e or a shape sometimes d, every now and then ill use an open chord if it's a natural major or somethin and close to where i am. There's just too many shapes so when i play 7th's 9ths 13ths stuff like that 99% of the time i'll barre it.. But i look at some chords on this website and less common chords often seem to be tabbed as open? Is it just preference or is there a reason behind this?


Preference.

It's more to do with the voicing (I think there's a similar thread to this somewhere...).
#6
i try not to make a distinction between open chords and barre chords. a chord is a chord to me. it's more about the voicings, really.
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#7
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i try not to make a distinction between open chords and barre chords. a chord is a chord to me. it's more about the voicings, really.

I tend to avoid open chords, personally. It eliminates my vibrato and I don't have a tremolo, so yeah, I look elsewhere on the neck so I can really work the strings.
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#8
I usually use open chords if I'm playing a slower song, or, more commonly, if I'm playing a song on acoustic. I have troubles playing barre chords on acoustic.
#11
I love using barre chords for rhythm. If you look at the similarities between barre chords and power chords, you can figure out how to knock out 2 birds with one stone. Not saying I use power chords alot, but if your like me and play mostly all rhythm, it's an excellent technique to be able to nail on the spot.
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#13
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i try not to make a distinction between open chords and barre chords. a chord is a chord to me. it's more about the voicings, really.

Exactly - after all an open chord is just a barre chord without the barre.

It's simply about which one sounds best and which one is going to work best in the context of whatever else you're doing.
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