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This is an ultimate newb question, but instead of playing chords like G, C, D, etc. open, my guitar teacher tells me to play a G with the E, B, and e strings barred on the 3rd fret and my middle finger on the G string, 4th fret, my pinky on the D string 5th fret, and my ring finger on the A string 5th fret. -----3-----
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And a D chord like this: -----3-----
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I shall not go on, but do you know why he makes me do this? I don't want to ask him because I'm afraid he'll think I'm an idiot.