#1
Alright theres these chord shapes like this that you see everywhere

-3-
-5-
-5-
-5-
-3-
-x-

Thing is i cannot get them by barring my 3rd finger without ending up like this.


-5-
-5-
-5-
-5-
-3-
-x-
Or just muting the High E altogether.

Its like my finger feels and looks like its going to break doing it.

I always have to end up using my 3 fingers to do it but that messes up some of the embellishments you add to them.

I know John Frusciante has these chords everywhere in his songs and it makes it so awkward when i cant just barre these chords easily like he does.

So anyone got some kind of tips or something, cause it drives me crazy how i cant seem to do it.
Last edited by cj878 at Mar 30, 2008,
#2
Personally, for something like that, I bar my index finger over the 3rd fret and then use my other 3 fingers to fret the 5th fret on the D G and B string like you do. Some people are good at baring stuff like that, but I am terrible at it so I look for ways around it.
#3
yeah, sometimes for certain things, I find my fingers are too i dunno, fleshy? to incorporate such bars. Especially for chords, finding a fingering that works best for you is fine.

A lot of great guitarists have come up with very unique styles simply because they hold their chords differently.

Just as an added note, a lot of advanced voicings such as common in jazz will incorporate a 3-string bar with the middle or ring finger, so it is something that is worth getting your fingers acquainted to, but again...don't kill yourself and I would use all my fingers for that chord as well. hope it helps
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#4
The way I play chords like that, just mute the high E string.

Some people are able to, sort of, bend their ring finger back. I use this and my pinky to more-or-less mash onto the D G and B strings, while using my index to fret the A and my thumb hooked over to mute the E.

I found these A-shape barres much harder to get the hang of than the E-shape ones. For me it was just like one day I had a eureka moment, and realised that mashing my fingers like this worked every time. I guess you might want to look at lots of ways to play them. Also make sure you're trying them in different parts of the neck.
#5
Just practice these fingerings slowly, take your time, just keep doing it and find a position that's comfortable for you, and most of the time, you won't hear the note coming from jthe high-e string.
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