A to E trick


RonJ66
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04/05/2023 3:03 am

Hi; So I'm, a very new beginner.  So like others, the A chord was a tight fit with 3 fingers jammed on 3 strings.


What I figured out;


1= make the E chord. 1finger on 1st fret, G string


2= 2nd 3rd finger on the A, D strings 2nd fret.  (So far so good)


3= Make the A chord this way.


4= 1st finger stays on the 1st fret, G string.  Keep it there.


5= 2nd finger bars the D, G string second fret.  (It can even touch the B string because the ring finger will press down on the B string).


6= Ring finger on the B string.  This finger cancels out the 1st finger on the 1st fret and any buz from the 2nd finger touching.


7= So I find this way I only have 2 fingers on the 3 strings and you can get away with being a little sloppy.


8= While playing the A chord, your 1st finger is now free so move it to the next needed string in the chord progression.  


     Have it ready as a pivot finger for the D, C, G chords.


I'm still slow but my chords ring out clean now.  Just working on chord changes time, not shapes.  Very happy.


 


PS  If this is common knowledge, let me know lol.  Being new and making discoveries is pretty fun


BTW I use this same idea a little when I make a D chord.


 


Cheers all.


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04/11/2023 4:04 pm

Thanks for this A chord hack! Has it been working for you?


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04/11/2023 4:56 pm

This is great! It is always a good idea to see if you can find specific strategies for getting from one chord to another, so that you get there on time and with good tone, and there is no interruption in the flow of the music.


Bravo! Good thinking! - Lisa


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RonJ66
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04/12/2023 12:49 am

Thanks Lisa.  Yes it works well, but a little slower in changing chords from


the A chord, but much faster to make the A chord.


Btw Lisa, a few years back my daughter learned through your lessons. 


Love the fact you're still here teaching me.


 


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06/08/2023 11:53 am

Thank you for posting that it could be just the thing to give inspiration to someone who needs it! Keep up the great work!


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06/08/2023 4:28 pm
#1 Originally Posted by: RonJ66

Hi; So I'm, a very new beginner.  So like others, the A chord was a tight fit with 3 fingers jammed on 3 strings.


What I figured out;


1= make the E chord. 1finger on 1st fret, G string


2= 2nd 3rd finger on the A, D strings 2nd fret.  (So far so good)


3= Make the A chord this way.


4= 1st finger stays on the 1st fret, G string.  Keep it there.


5= 2nd finger bars the D, G string second fret.  (It can even touch the B string because the ring finger will press down on the B string).


6= Ring finger on the B string.  This finger cancels out the 1st finger on the 1st fret and any buz from the 2nd finger touching.


7= So I find this way I only have 2 fingers on the 3 strings and you can get away with being a little sloppy.


8= While playing the A chord, your 1st finger is now free so move it to the next needed string in the chord progression.  


     Have it ready as a pivot finger for the D, C, G chords.


I'm still slow but my chords ring out clean now.  Just working on chord changes time, not shapes.  Very happy.


 


PS  If this is common knowledge, let me know lol.  Being new and making discoveries is pretty fun


BTW I use this same idea a little when I make a D chord.


 


Cheers all.

That kind of thinking will make your journey much easier


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