#1
OK, I'm looking at a Powertab for Road Games by Allan Holdsworth, and I'm really baffled by a chord:


E-----6------
B-----6------
G----10----
D-----8------
A-----9------
E------------


How in the world do you play this? Seriously, I've tried and my fingers just don't bend that far.

And please be gentle, I'm new to guitar.
#2
bar the 6's with your index, pinky on 10th fret, middle on 8, ring on 9
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#3
Barre the index for the e and b, pinky for g, ring for a, and middle for the d string.

If you're new to guitar, Holdsworth is not a good place to start. You'll just need to learn to stretch and gain finger strength, just like his obscure method of playing without any pull-offs.
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bar the 6's with your index, pinky on 10th fret, middle on 8, ring on 9



Noted and thank you.

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#5
I don't have a guitar on me right now, but this is what I get just by looking at the tab:

Barre the top five strings at the sixth fret with your index finger
Pinky on the G string
Middle on the D string
Ring on the A string

It does seem like quite a stretch. Perhaps only barre the E and B strings and see if that works?
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#7
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the 10 on the G string makes the exact same note and pitch as the 6 on the b string, so you can ignore the ten and just mute that out.

I'd do this, I'd also play the 11 fret on the B instead of 6 on the E.

If you don't want to change the voicing though good luck with it.
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#8
lets start with...holdsworth is not human...thus his chords can be made easy because he has 11 fingers..on each hand...

some impossible chords can be made in time...hand/finger muscles do streatch..but the real trick is not just to be able to play chords like that...but to put them in context and make them musical...thats the real hard part...

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#9
Have you consulted your doctor before attempting any Allan Holdsworth-related material?

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What this guy said. If you've ever seen the guy actually finger chords you'll understand why.
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Have you consulted your doctor before attempting any Allan Holdsworth-related material?

You'll be riding the Un-merry-go-round before you know it.



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#14
Following the fingering given in the first reply that chord is relatively easy. If you're having trouble playing that then good luck playing the rest of the chords Alan plays.
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Following the fingering given in the first reply that chord is relatively easy. If you're having trouble playing that then good luck playing the rest of the chords Alan plays.

+1

You should be really comfortable doing this chord if you want to do those crazy Holdsworth stretches. I'm not saying this to let you down, but if you attempt those stretches without proper technique you can cause problems to your hand. If it ever hurts, stop doing it.
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E:-3
#16
I dont see whats so difficult about this chord. I have very small almost child like hands and i found it quite simple.
#17
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OK, I'm looking at a Powertab for Road Games by Allan Holdsworth, and I'm really baffled by a chord:


E-----6------
B-----6------
G----10----
D-----8------
A-----9------
E------------


How in the world do you play this? Seriously, I've tried and my fingers just don't bend that far.

And please be gentle, I'm new to guitar.


a trick to figure out fingering is this. DO NOT look at the top string, decide where your finger goes, then looking onto next string. INSTEAD look for the fret that is furthest to the tuning pegs of the guitar (closer to the first fret). if their is 2 or more of these notes then it is almost (not always) bared with the index finger.
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a trick to figure out fingering is this. DO NOT look at the top string, decide where your finger goes, then looking onto next string. INSTEAD look for the fret that is furthest to the tuning pegs of the guitar (closer to the first fret). if their is 2 or more of these notes then it is almost (not always) bared with the index finger.


Noted. Thank you, this is useful information.