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Barre chords again sorry

Hullo everyone,

I have a question. When you're playing the barre chords where your index finger is holding down five strings, and your ring finger is holding down three strings two frets down (sorry I don't know how to say it more... technically), is it wrong to be pushing your index finger and your ring finger down with your middle finger and pinky respectively?

grr sorry that's all very muddled. But what I mean is that when I play something like a Bb major barre chord, my middle finger is pushing down on my index finger, and my pinky is pushing down on my ring finger. It's a bit of a subconscious thing because don't set out to do it, and I just noticed it a few days ago, so I was wondering if this is bad.

PS Sorry for such a long message.
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Re: Barre chords again sorry

5/8/2001 5:28 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

Dear Karen,
William was right on target. In playing any chord there are technical exercises you can use to assist your playing. If you place your little finger any place than on the guitar or over the guitar, you need to learn some different methods of playing and attack.

Besides, using full barre chords isn't really necessary for making different chords. If you like the sound then use it. If your having difficulty then learn other ways to make the same chord. Normal chords like C, F, G, D ect really only require 3 different notes to complete the chord. If you add a 4th note to a basic chord, like above, you are repeating a tone. If you try to use all 6 strings everytime you will be repeating some of the same notes, just higher or lower, two or three times. A thousand C's or a thousand E's or a thousand G's do not change the chord. It still remains the same. Many jazz players use 3 note chords, sometimes they call this partial chords. In reality they are using the tones which sound in the upper register. Sometimes we have passing chords. More on that later. Once you learn other fingerings, attack. If your thumb hurts, take it off of the back of the neck of the guitar. That will make you attack with the fingers which will then do the work in making the chord. Heavy guage strings are not always necessary.

Men normally have larger muscles and have the potential for more force. Force is not the key in playing the guitar. Good luck. Charlie

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5/8/2001 6:21 AM

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Its good to hear from you Charlie, its been a while :)

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5/8/2001 3:37 PM

Paul Stelzmann (340) wrote:


Check out this link for an excellent essay about barre chords:

good luck, Paul

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Re: Barre chords again sorry

5/8/2001 6:36 PM

Chester Horton (10480) wrote:

Anyone who says there is no perceptable difference between an acoustic with 12's on and an electric with 9's on is just either flat out wrong or numb. I play a Taylor with as low an action as you can get in an acoustic with light guage Elixirs on and when I switch to my Strat with 9's on there is definitely a difference. Now I agree that the answer is not great strength but is good technique and touch but both those things actually make the best out of the strength you have. That is what leverage is all about.

Karen the simple answer to your question is that it will be best in the long run if you learn the proper way to hold the chord without using your pinky to hold down the other finger. I think that if you experiment you will find that William and Doug are right about finding the right way to pinch so your hand makes an efficient levering motion and time and proper practice will improve your touch and technique

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