#1
After about 2 years of trying i can kind of play the A barre chord.

Playing a B i play the 2nd fret, 5th string, and 3,4 and 5 strings on the 4th fret.

Thing is, i can't get the bend so i mute the high E string instead of playing it barred on the 2nd fret.

Is this a common way that people play? Can i tick it off and move on? Or do i need to try harder to get the ring finger more flexible?

Thanking you
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#2
You can try slightly bending your hand so that it is a bit diagonal. I found that helped me when playing it. Otherwise, I just let it mute the high e and if I am lucky I will get it.

Alternatively you can play the A shape using your middle, ring and pinky fingers. Might be easier for you like that. Sometimes beneficial, for example, going from A to Bb.
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#3
Are you playing an acoustic or electric? Some electric guitar necks are slightly narrower, which makes it harder to get the first string. Acoustic guitar necks are generally a little wider, so it makes it easier, although you have to apply more pressure to fret the strings.

Additionally, since you've only been playing for a couple of years, it might take a little longer. Just keep at it. Oh, how's that ol' F chord? Can you play that one?
#4
Quote by KG6_Steven
Are you playing an acoustic or electric? Some electric guitar necks are slightly narrower, which makes it harder to get the first string. Acoustic guitar necks are generally a little wider, so it makes it easier, although you have to apply more pressure to fret the strings.

Additionally, since you've only been playing for a couple of years, it might take a little longer. Just keep at it. Oh, how's that ol' F chord? Can you play that one?


I'm on acoustic.

I figure if i can play 4 strings on an A barre that's gonna be enough so i'm not too worried about the high E.

I played F with the high 4 strings for every song and refused to attempt the barre as i just couldn't do it....then i realised i was going nowhere and the chords needed some bass.

So i'd play up the neck as i could get all the notes there but not at first fret. I just gradually worked my way down, but it still took well over a year.
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