I noticed that this chord is often fingered for example as a minor triad on the D/G/B strings with the root played on the low E. My question is why not play the b5 on the A string as well? It can be easily fretted using the pinky while the root is being fretted with the thumb. Is it because these two notes being in the same octave sound very dissonant or maybe theres some other explaination?
Because in many cases it's too thick and muddy sounding.

If we're talking about jazz settings, generally the A string should be avoided when it comes to an open voiced chord with the bass note on the E string. So that also includes perfect 5ths on the A string, and even 3rds.

...modes and scales are still useless.

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