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 #4548  by sarraqum
 Sat Apr 01, 2006 4:32 am
...Just a quick question. When you play the A-form barre do you use all three fingers to cover the front three strings, a la A chord or do you just barre them with ring finger?

 #4549  by bodiddley
 Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:30 am
My guitar teacher says to use your ring finger. It helps if the distal joint on that finger can bend somewhat backwards. I made the mistake of using my pinky until the teacher pointed out the fact that I need to keep the pinky free to play other strings.

 #4555  by strumminsix
 Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:00 pm
bodiddley wrote:My guitar teacher says to use your ring finger. It helps if the distal joint on that finger can bend somewhat backwards. I made the mistake of using my pinky until the teacher pointed out the fact that I need to keep the pinky free to play other strings.
+1 bent ring finger

 #4556  by spilly
 Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:01 pm
either or, depending on what voicing you like, if you want to hear the high E, play it with all your fingers. otherwise, do what you like