#1
Initially I did not like Justin Sandercoe's rec for the A chord: middle on D index on G and ring on B. I could not get it to work without muting or buzzing. One little adjustment seemed to do the trick. If I turn the index to put it on a diagonal, it works just fine. Anyone else use Justin's method and if you do, do you shift your index finger?
-Mike
#2
I sort of have my fingers placed diagonally. I have my index furthest away from the 2nd fret, middle in the middle, and my ring finger closest. That works for me, no need to adjust my index
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#3
heh, I bar it with my index and have my finger bent to the high e string isn't impeded. I think that is just something I do because that is how I taught myself a long time ago, but everyone I show it to thinks it is making it more difficult than it has to be.
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heh, I bar it with my index and have my finger bent to the high e string isn't impeded. I think that is just something I do because that is how I taught myself a long time ago, but everyone I show it to thinks it is making it more difficult than it has to be.


That's how I've always done it.
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That's how I've always done it.


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#8
Quote by tappooh
try pinky on the B, ring finger on the G, middle finger on the D

I can do that. I was barring but I find that neither is optimal for changes. Justin's way seems to be easier for changes, although it is a little tricky for me when I have a capo on
-Mike
#9
Quote by Widefingers
I can do that. I was barring but I find that neither is optimal for changes. Justin's way seems to be easier for changes, although it is a little tricky for me when I have a capo on


I can't say I like Justin's way at all. You should learn the way Tappooh said, since otherwise I don't know how you are going to bar the A shape and still have every note come out clear. Even for playing it open, I prefer a ring on D, middle on G, pointer on B. I feel like I have more control over my pinky this way if I wanted to use it to add something to the chord.
#10
I just bar it with the index or rudie!
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#11
Justin uses the CAGED system, its a little more difficult at the begining but well worth learning.
You notice he rearly uses barre chords. Cheers
#12
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Even for playing it open, I prefer a ring on D, middle on G, pointer on B. I feel like I have more control over my pinky this way if I wanted to use it to add something to the chord.


That seems very difficult. First I have heard of this.
-Mike
#14
Quote by tappooh
try pinky on the B, ring finger on the G, middle finger on the D


I do it with this, since in the way that you said it or Justin I find it a bit difficult to switch from something like B to A like in the beginning of I am the walrus.
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#15
I used to use Justin's method, but for the past few days, i've been using a one finger bar with my thumb muting the low E string. Sounds cooler.
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#16
I use Justin's fingering normally, however for quick changes I just bar the 3 strings with my index finger. I dislike the 'conventional' fingering
#17
I've never known anyone fret an A chord that way o_O

index on the D, middle on the G and ring on the B, or just barre it.
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index on the D, middle on the G and ring on the B, or just barre it.


I never do it this traditional way because it is too much of a tight squeeze
-Mike
#19
Now I am thinking that the fingering for A (or other chords as well) depends on where I am going next. For example, if am going from A to a Bm barre chord, I would use pinky, ring and middle because the pinky and ring are part of the Bm shape. Going from A using a barre to a Bm barre seems a little awkward for me but doable. Does this make sense?
-Mike
#20
Quote by Widefingers
Now I am thinking that the fingering for A (or other chords as well) depends on where I am going next. For example, if am going from A to a Bm barre chord, I would use pinky, ring and middle because the pinky and ring are part of the Bm shape. Going from A using a barre to a Bm barre seems a little awkward for me but doable. Does this make sense?


If I do a quick change to A, I use the index bar version as its so much easier to place down quickly, if I'm playing something higher up the neck I'd probably play an A barre chord at the 5th fret, if I change from a regular open chord I normally use 'justins' fingering for it.
#21
Quote by tappooh
try pinky on the B, ring finger on the G, middle finger on the D


This is what I do and it is by far the easiest for me.
#22
Quote by tappooh
try pinky on the B, ring finger on the G, middle finger on the D


That's how my teacher has taught me. His rationale for this was "you'll need to do this to play A-shape Barre chords so you might as well begin with that end in mind".

I think that's sound reasoning - but I still can't play A-shaped Barre chords very high up the fretboard yet.