#1
I've seen people only use their index finger to barre the 2nd fret on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings, but whenever I do this I always mute the e string. Is there any specific technique that I'm missing on this? Thanks.
#2
They just don't play that high E on the chord. you can use two fingers to fret the the C#, A, and E on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings so you can hit the open E string
#3
oh okay, I was trying to bend my finger so the high e would ring and I was getting upset >.< thx
#4
I'm pretty sure if you did play the High E, it would be an E addsomething or sus something.
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#6
They just don't play that high E on the chord


Maybe some, but you cant say that on behalf of all people. I can play an open A chord with one finger without muting any strings.

I'm pretty sure if you did play the High E, it would be an E addsomething or sus something.


Nope. An A major chord contains the notes A C# and E.

As for the original question, it has a lot to do with your finger shape, size and flexibility, obviously not everbody is the same. Try it with your middle instead of your index finger though. I can fit the final joint of my middle finger in there to barre the D, G and B strings without muting any others.
#7
I almost always use one finger to make an open A chord. The only time I don't is if there is a variation of A or a hammer-on right after. I also do play the high E, as most do. You just have to bend it at the knuckle.
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#8
I use two fingers to do the A, or three depending if I'm playing A, Am, or any of the variations I use.
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#9
Quote by tom183
Maybe some, but you cant say that on behalf of all people. I can play an open A chord with one finger without muting any strings.


Nope. An A major chord contains the notes A C# and E.

As for the original question, it has a lot to do with your finger shape, size and flexibility, obviously not everbody is the same. Try it with your middle instead of your index finger though. I can fit the final joint of my middle finger in there to barre the D, G and B strings without muting any others.

I meant if he barred it.
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#10
Quote by Billy Chapman
I've seen people only use their index finger to barre the 2nd fret on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings, but whenever I do this I always mute the e string. Is there any specific technique that I'm missing on this? Thanks.


I know people that can just use 1 finger but i cant do it i just use my pinky middle and middle finger most of the time it gives it a cleaner sound. If you use 1 finger you have to flex your knuckle closest to your finger nail a way it shouldnt go...kinda hurts.
#11
I meant if he barred it.


Doesnt matter if its a barre chord or not. You could play this chord:

-0-
-5-
-9-
-2-
-4-
-5-


Obviously its un-fingerable but that doesnt matter, its only an example. The notes of that chord are A C# E E E E. Its still an A major chord. It doesnt matter how many E notes are added.