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Guitar1969
post Sep 16 2008, 05:33 AM
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I know this may sound lame, but I am curious how everybody fingers the open A major chordchord , as well as the A form barred major chords(5th string root). I originally learned from a berkley book to form the A major open chord, with the 1 2 3 fingers all in a row on the D G B strings respectively(From low strings to high), and the 5th string barre chords with the 2 3 4 fingers on the D G B strings, but to this day this is really difficult to form the A major for me, in that my 3 fat fingers in a row like this can't fit well in the second fret, and moving it up the neck where the fret widths are narrower . . . forget it. I have a hard time getting each string to ring clearly this way, and usually just play an A5 version now instead.

I have also seen different ways to finger this as well, such as fingers 2 1 3 on D G B respectively, and even using the 2nd finger to cover all three of these strings(Like you do on an open F major). So my question is what is the most popular/common way and is there any recommendations on what I can do about this, as the way I am doing it now is not working.

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post Sep 16 2008, 09:12 AM
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QUOTE (Guitar1969 @ Sep 16 2008, 06:33 AM) *
I know this may sound lame, but I am curious how everybody fingers the open A major chordchord , as well as the A form barred major chords(5th string root). I originally learned from a berkley book to form the A major open chord, with the 1 2 3 fingers all in a row on the D G B strings respectively(From low strings to high), and the 5th string barre chords with the 2 3 4 fingers on the D G B strings,


That's the way i play an A major chord, when it comes to the bar shape i play it as you've described or bar the d, g and b strings with my third or fourth finger.
The con to plying the chord shape with the 3rd or 4th finger bar is that you lose the 5th interval on the high e string, or is very difficult to get the note to sound cleanly with the barred 3rd/4th finger muting the high e string.

Hope that helps:)


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post Sep 16 2008, 11:06 AM
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Fingering can depend a bit on what the previous and next chords are - more so the former as often your fingers will already be in a particular orientation and so might 'lend' themselves to then going to a particular fingering for the 'A', or from the 'A' to the next chord.

Generally though I'd go with Ian's rationale though.

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post Sep 16 2008, 01:05 PM
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213 is what I use - that way your 1 finger doesn't move when you change to a D, which is commonly played along with an A, and you slide it down one fret for an E which is also commonly played with an a.


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I play a barre chord like you`ve described with 2,3 & 4 fingers but an open A (now you mention it laugh.gif) I have always played with just fingers 1&2 with finger number 2 freting the g & B string never given me any problems this way smile.gif


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