Topic: A-shaped Bar Chords - Help

Hi All,
I was wondering if any of the veterans had any exercises that would help me with mastering A-shaped Bar chords?  I am currently using my middle, ring and pinky fingers, as opposed to a ring finger mini-bar (i just cant seem to get it to work....) for the A shape.

Anything (tips, tricks, exercises, sites, etc,) would be appreciated.

Thanks much,
P.J.

Acoustic: Yamaha F-310, Washburn WD-32SW

Re: A-shaped Bar Chords - Help

do you mean bar on the fifth fret, or open with those three?

3 (edited by pjl6364 2008-06-10 18:45:22)

Re: A-shaped Bar Chords - Help

A-Shaped examples
Index finger = Bar
Middle, Ring, Pink = A Shape

Bar on First fret = A#/Bb
Bar on Second fret = B
Bar on Third fret = C
Bar on Fourth fret = C#/Db
And so on and so on.

Looking for exercise to help me become more proficient
Thanks,
P.J.

Acoustic: Yamaha F-310, Washburn WD-32SW

Re: A-shaped Bar Chords - Help

This is a simple little trick, yet very effective.
[Pointer finger -1   Middle finger- 2 Ring finger-3 Pinky Figer -4]
With your chording hand place finger 1 on desired fret, atop  finger 1, place finger 2 and mash down. Two frets UP the neck mash finger 4 across D,G, and B strings.
Ba-ding-a-chow-eeee!!! You should notice a nice, clean, 5 string barre chord on your fret of choice.

Do not get too comfortable with this technique though. We need to free up that pinky finger for fills and extra, fancy little tricks in the future. Once in a while, try the 5 string barre chords with only your pointer finger mashing down the frets.

One additional little trick I picked up along he way is to gently touch the low E(thickest) string with my pointer finger as I do a 5 string barre chord( A shape). By touching, not pressing the low E it mutes the string and prevents an unwanted note. Let the low E ring out if you're playing a 5 string barre chord E.
(079997)

A  (X02220)
A#(X13331)
B(X24442)
C(x 35553)
C#(x 46664)
D (x 57775)
D# (x 68886)
E (079997)
F (x 8 10 10 10 8)
F# (x 9 11 11 11 9)
G( x 10 12 12 12 10)
G# (x 11 13 13 13 11)

Give everything but up.

Re: A-shaped Bar Chords - Help

SouthPaw,
Thanks for the words.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to "mash down" finger 4 or finger 3 for that matter with any success.  I am using finger 1 as the bar and finger 2, finger 3, finger 4 in the A-shape
Thanks,
P.J.

Acoustic: Yamaha F-310, Washburn WD-32SW

Re: A-shaped Bar Chords - Help

Linusguitar wrote:

do you mean bar on the fifth fret, or open with those three?

That would be an e shape chord.

Think C at the 3rd fret.  That is an A shape.

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