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Leviathan
post Mar 30 2007, 08:23 PM
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Ok GMCers I'm trying to get my technique perfect but am confused in the barre chord lesson. I don't know if i use the side of my finger or the flat part of my finger to barre it..
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post Mar 30 2007, 08:32 PM
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QUOTE (Leviathan @ Mar 30 2007, 02:23 PM) *
Ok GMCers I'm trying to get my technique perfect but am confused in the barre chord lesson. I don't know if i use the side of my finger or the flat part of my finger to barre it..


I don't have a guitar with me so I'm using the wrist pad in front of my keyboard to test it out....it all depends on what chord you're trying to grip, sometimes you don't really have a choice, but ideally you want to use the flat part. Using the side pulls the rest of your fingers farther away from the fretboard, making the rest of the chord harder to grip. There's some awkward chords out there that require you to tweak your barre a little bit, though. Watch all of the lesson videos with people playing barre chords and you'll get the idea.

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post Mar 30 2007, 09:19 PM
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I use the thumb on the low E string, much easier smile.gif dont care if its the wrong way or whatever, I find it alot easier. With some chords you'll need to use the "normal" barre chord technique though.


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post Mar 30 2007, 10:03 PM
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QUOTE (Robin @ Mar 30 2007, 03:19 PM) *
I use the thumb on the low E string, much easier smile.gif dont care if its the wrong way or whatever, I find it alot easier. With some chords you'll need to use the "normal" barre chord technique though.


Hey, if it works, it works. That's the important thing. I could be mistaken, but I believe Hendrix used that same technique pretty frequently.....and he did OK. biggrin.gif
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post Mar 30 2007, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE (wheeler @ Mar 30 2007, 05:03 PM) *
Hey, if it works, it works. That's the important thing. I could be mistaken, but I believe Hendrix used that same technique pretty frequently.....and he did OK. biggrin.gif


Yeah the thumb is good for some things - in particular you can leave strings open and ringing to get a nicer sound, but you really need both.


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post Mar 31 2007, 05:07 AM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Mar 30 2007, 05:12 PM) *
Yeah the thumb is good for some things - in particular you can leave strings open and ringing to get a nicer sound, but you really need both.

WEll there is a lesson in here the first one in beginners that is talking about barre chords and the way it is done is confusing... so what i'm doing is laying my finger flat across the fret board and a little bit off the fret board is that the wrong way?
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post Mar 31 2007, 11:22 AM
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QUOTE (wheeler @ Mar 30 2007, 09:03 PM) *
Hey, if it works, it works. That's the important thing. I could be mistaken, but I believe Hendrix used that same technique pretty frequently.....and he did OK. biggrin.gif

yeah I think Adrian Smith(iron maiden) also plays it with his thumb.


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