Should I avoid using my index finger on non-barre chords?



Asked by: Danny Sudan

Both of your A chord forms are legitimate. It is good that you see the pattern between barre chords and open string chords. Some guitarists prefer to play the open string chords using the barre chord fingering with the index finger behind the nut. But this is not a rule of any sort, just a preference.

Can you play guitar with index finger?





The index finger is often called upon to play barre chords, by laying across all of the strings of a single fret, and fretting them all at once.

Can some people not play barre chords?

If your thumb is too high or if you’ve wrapped it around the neck, it will be impossible to play a barre chord. You either want to line up your thumb with your index finger, or between your index finger and ring finger (i.e. first and second finger).

Are my fingers too short for barre chords?

Instead of using three fingers for the upper strings, try using the ring finger or the pinky for the barre. In the long run, this will end up being an easier, more efficient way to play these chords. It can also be much easier to use the pinky if you have smaller hands since it won’t be as much of a stretch.

Why do I have to press so hard for barre chords?

BARRE CHORD The Barre chord is obviously the use of the index finger across the entire set of strings. The reason this is difficult is due to the tension of the string from the nut to the first fret… it’s the hardest place of the fretboard.

Can I strum with my index finger?





For the down strum you’re going to use the side and top of the nail of your index finger. You can almost pretend you’re holding a pick to do this. Bring your thumb and index finger together and strum down. For the up strum you’ll reverse the motion and use the outside and nail of your thumb.

Should I strum with thumb or index finger?

Strum with your finger.



For the down strum, keep your knuckles pointed away from you, curl your fingers in toward your body, and strum in a downward motion with your index fingernail striking the strings. For the up strum, use the fleshy pad of your index finger or your thumbnail.

How long does it take to learn bar chords?

6-24 Months. Okay, this is when things may start to slow down a bit. This is when you may experience The Hump. You’ll be able to switch quickly between chords and bar chords will come easy to you.

Can’t barre all strings?

You also should watch. This first finger to make sure you find the right spot. Because if you get that high string in between your joint there you won't have enough meat on your finger.

Are barre chords easier on electric guitar?

Generally speaking, playing an electric guitar is easier as the strings are softer and hence easy on your fingers. Learning to play barre chords is also easier with electric guitar due to the softness of the strings.



How do I stop barre chords?

But let's take a look at the voicings. So let's take a look at five with the most common Barre chords and alternate ways to play them now the first one up is B minor.

What is the fastest way to learn barre chords?

So it sounds good by just making the fingering. You get a chance to practice the fingering separate from just how good all the notes sound cuz once you strum you're gonna hear the buzzing.

How do you hold A whole fret?

Step 3 place your middle finger on the third string behind the fret adjacent to the one you are barring. The first string is at the bottom of the guitar.



How do you bar all 6 strings?

So, how can you hold down all six strings on the guitar? It is possible to hold down all six strings of the guitar by using a full or partial barre (holding down two or more strings with one finger- usually the index finger) and pressing the other remaining strings with the non-barring fingers.

Are lighter strings easier to barre?

While thicker strings produce a better tone, they also make barre chords harder to play, at least for guitarists who are just getting started with playing barre chords. A good temporary solution is to change to a lighter gauge of strings that will make barre chords easier to play.

How do you flatten your fingers on a guitar?

But when they start to put their fingers. Down they reach up like that and their fingers are flat now if you can see my fingers.

What if your fingers are too fat to play guitar?

When fingering chords, many players get into the habit of collapsing back their finger tips. If you have larger fingers, you need to be more conscious of keeping your fingers vertical against the strings, using more of the actual tip, closer to the finger nail, to fret the string.



How do I stop my fingers from muting while stringing?

For those of you that are new I wouldn't suggest that. But if you're going if you just dead set on having your thumb up here try curling that knuckle as much as possible.