bar chord A shape


dandy4911
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08/24/2017 1:10 am

When I play the A shape bar chord, I cannot get any bend in my ring finger which tends to play not only the D, G, and B strings but also the high E string. However, I can bend my pinky finger and play only the D, G, and B strings. Question 1: Should the high E string in the A bar chord progression be played? Question 2: Is my technique ok using my pinky instead of my ring finger? Thanks.


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08/24/2017 1:50 am
Originally Posted by: dandy4911

Question 1: Should the high E string in the A bar chord progression be played?

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Only if you want that note to sound. If if it's intended to ring in the song. I think it's a good idea to be able to play it or not at will.

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Question 2: Is my technique ok using my pinky instead of my ring finger? Thanks.

Yes, that's fine. Generally, any way that you can efficiently get a clean, clear tone from a note or chord is acceptable. Hope this helps!


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08/29/2017 2:37 am

Thank you


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