I was hoping to find out if it is possible to mute the low E with your thumb on a A chord without accidently muting the high E?
I can't do it for the life of me.
Best thing to do is get better at only picking the string you want, muting with your thumb just seems awkward.
Last edited by J_W at Apr 8, 2013,
Thanks for the reply JW.
Yeh, My aim is pretty good when I'm strumming acoustic. Just recently started muting everything, just to improve my technique overall. 4 string chords muting E and A, not a problem. Just this damn A chord I can't get.
Sorry I wasn't more helpful, it's hard for me to think about mechanics when I don't have a guitar in my hand.
How does the thumb affect the high E string? I have never heard of that. Also how do you fret the chord? (Im assuming its the A chord on the second fret) Do you bar it with the index finger or do you play it with three fingers? If so which ones?
I'd play A with my middle, ring, and pinky and mute with my thumb. I hope that solves your problem
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Hey spectred! A little "secret": have you ever tried to play the A chord with the fingers 2-1-3 (from low to high)? This may help... I like this fingering and use it a lot. By the way, I learned it from one of my guitar students. He has big hands with thick sausage fingers :-) and had the same problem as you until he started to use this fingering instead of the standard 1-2-3