Poll: Which finger method do you use/recommend?
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View poll results: Which finger method do you use/recommend?
Method 1 - Traditional
24 53%
Method 2 - Newer (recommended by JustinGuitar.com)
8 18%
Method 3 - Barre
13 29%
Voters: 45.
ConstantChange
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Join date: Sep 2007
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#1
I'm new to the guitar and I've seen three different ways to finger the A major chord. Which one do you play/recommend?

Method 1:
Finger 1 on 4th string second fret
Finger 2 on 3rd string second fret
Finger 3 on 2nd string second fret


Method 2:
Finger 2 on 4th string second fret
Finger 1 on 3rd string second fret
Finger 3 on 2nd string second fret


Method 3:
Finger 1 on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th string on second fret (barre)
Last edited by ConstantChange at Nov 15, 2007,
dutch5367
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#2
If you can bend the tip of your finger you can just use your index finger across those 3 strings.
ConstantChange
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#3
I haven't had any lesson's on barre chords, but that seems to be the easiest way for me. I have pretty big hands. I usually get buzz from my 4th string with method 1 because finger 1 is so far away from the fret.
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#4
method 1 i say
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#5
95% of the time, method one. by a country mile

if you have to drop into an a7 really really quickly maybe method 2, but rarely
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dutch5367
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#6
I'd use method one if I were you. That is how I learned it.
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#7
i use 2, 3, and 4
but i think it depends on the context of it in the song
DaddyTwoFoot
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#8
I don't do any of those. I use 2nd finger on the 5th string, 3rd finger on the 4th, and 4th finger on the 2nd. It's by far the most comfortable for me.
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krims0n
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#9
Method 1, or an E shape barre (577655), depending on the song. If you're new I think you should stick to method 1 or 2 since method 3 doesn't lead into A shape barre chords very well.

If you're fingers are big you could treat it like an A shape barre chord but just not use your index finger (ie: finger with 2,3,4).
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Mekchrious
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#10
I only use my middle and ring fingers for an A chord, and this leaves my other two to transition into 7ths and the like. I guess I'm weird, but I don't buzz, and I have no trouble going from A to any other chord, nor back to A.
tom183
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#11
I use method 3 except i use my middle finger instead of my index. The last joint of my middle finger fits in there sweet and barres those 3 strings without muting the high E. That is how i usually play it unless the song calls for the A to change to another chord which makes it impractical to do so. Eg: an Asus2 (x02200) or an A7 (X02020) in which case i would use method one, but instead of using fingers 1,2 and 3 i would use fingers 2,3 and 4 in order to keep my index finger free.
TSelman
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#12
I do Method 1, method 2 doesn't look bad though.
ConstantChange
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#13
I'm just having a hell of a time playing method 1. My fourth string buzzes 90% of the time. In order to fit all my fingers in the second fret, my first finger is basically touching the first fret. I can't get it close enough to the second fret to get a clear sound.

Is the A major chord usually this much of a pain for beginners?
AussieVesti
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#14
I prefer Method 2. That's how I learnt it.
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#15
I use 2. It makes moving to E or D much easier as you're keeping the first finger on the same string. I always done that, didn't realise someone was claiming it a 'new' method. I should sue
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#16
I either use Method 3 or fingers 2, 3 & 4.
Method 3 just makes it easier to add extra notes with other fingers.
The "2-3-4" version just makes it the little bit easier to switch to other chords.
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#17
I use either 1 or 2... depends on the chord-progress of the song

If I go from A major to well... another Major in the same grip I'll choose method 2 and if I'll go to G major or something (open chord) then I'll chose method 1
tommy2tone
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#18
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#19
it really depends on the context, but i tend to barre it, because i often play melodies simultaneously using other fingers
pharm30
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#20
Quote by AussieVesti
I prefer Method 2. That's how I learnt it.


^^
since I'm a noob, that way makes it easier to transfer to D.
SnoDog
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#21
I use method 2 as well, because I learned it that way.