Spectred
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Join date: Apr 2013
21 IQ
#1
Hey,
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.
J_W
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Join date: Jan 2012
65 IQ
#2
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,
Spectred
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Join date: Apr 2013
21 IQ
#3
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.
J_W
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Join date: Jan 2012
65 IQ
#4
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.
tappooh
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Join date: May 2011
1,223 IQ
#5
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?
ThisIsBS
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Join date: Nov 2010
375 IQ
#6
I'd play A with my middle, ring, and pinky and mute with my thumb. I hope that solves your problem
Playing guitar since 2010

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Lutz Richter
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Join date: Dec 2012
10 IQ
#7
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