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Offline iluvyomumma

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #75 on: March 05, 2018, 11:40:19 am »
Hey all, first post after a bit of lurking. Great advice from all, glad we're all enjoying it and cheers to Justin for the course!!!

I'm still on stage 2 and progressing relatively well but wanted to ask about 1 minute changes. Soecifically finger work between Dm and A chords. I find Justin's method for A quite tough from Dm and I know there are obviously different ways to play A. I'm curious to know if anymore experienced players still use Justin's method to play A from Dm or if there is a more effective way? I know this is subjective as it will depend on what is played next but as a general rule: am I right in saying a 1 finger bar is more effective?

Thanks all and good luck

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #76 on: March 05, 2018, 11:46:46 am »
Try your best to stick to Justin's fingering suggestions through the BC.
Eventually you will branch out.
I play A several ways ...

1, 2, 3
2, 3, 4
2, 1, 3
1, 1, 1, (barre)

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #77 on: March 05, 2018, 12:21:13 pm »
Try your best to stick to Justin's fingering suggestions through the BC.
Eventually you will branch out.
I play A several ways ...

1, 2, 3
2, 3, 4
2, 1, 3
1, 1, 1, (barre)

Hey dude, thanks a lot for your reply. I really appreciate it, I thought this might be the answer haha! Given that later on I will try other methods, what would you say is a reasonable number of changes using Justin's method to get to on this change before moving on?

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #78 on: March 05, 2018, 03:08:12 pm »
I really think 60 changes should be your goal. If the Dm-A changes are all that's keeping you stuck in stage 2, then just move on to the next stage, but keep working on your Dm-A changes as you go, until you've got it down.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #79 on: July 06, 2018, 12:14:54 am »
Hi everyone, im a newbie to the guitar but ive always loved the sound of it.

also been a bit jealous of guitarist because  I was a drummer once upon a time. remember walking around with drum sticks tapping all over the place.

Anyway I will get back to now, it's my 2nd week and I'm finding it really hard to hold the A chord properly.

thank god for finding JustinGuitar website, he explain everything easy to follow.

I'm going to try and stick with it because my passion for the guitar is really important.

thank you everyone for listening and hope you all enjoying learning the guitar as much as I do.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #80 on: July 06, 2018, 01:49:27 am »
Hang in there, the A is the first of the "easy" chords you will be challenged to learn. My problem was getting my fat fingers in that itty bitty fret and keeping 2 and 3 off the A and E strings. Just took time and practice. Check back in next week after practicing everyday.


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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #81 on: August 10, 2018, 04:44:22 am »
Hi everyone, first time posting.

The problem I’m having with the A chord is pain in my first finger due to the awkward angle of squeezing the finger up close behind the other 2 fingers which puts pressure on the side of the top joint. Even when not pressing too hard, it has caused pain in my first finger, sometimes while playing, and sometimes even when not playing it feels like I jammed my finger and hurts when I bend the top joint. Doesn’t hurt enough to go to the doctor but enough to be a concern to me. I even stopped playing for a few days but it just hurts again when I play the A chord again. I’ve tried varying my hand, palm and thumb position but it doesn’t seem to help. So I’m thinking I might go with the 1-2-3 or 2-3-4 fingering instead, even though I’d prefer to stick to Justin’s lessons as is, and it might will slow me down in chord changes. Maybe I could keep playing and the finger will get used to it eventually and the pain will disappear... but then again maybe it gets worse and causes a permanent problem? Anyone have any thoughts/advice or have a similar issue?

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #82 on: August 10, 2018, 06:00:26 am »
Justin's way of fingering the two ways you posted and using your
index finger to barre the D G and B string are all exceptable ways to
play the A chord. Justin even teaches baring the A with the index finger
in a later lesson. I personally play the A chord with two fingers or barre with
the index.
Find a way that works for you without pain and carry on with the lesson using
that A chord. There is no law saying you have to play Justin's way.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #83 on: August 11, 2018, 02:13:41 am »
Thanks, stitch101. I’m curious as to how you play the A chord with 2 fingers?

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #84 on: August 11, 2018, 02:32:42 am »
I have average size fingers so it not a fat finger thing but I can cover two strings
with either my index or second finger. I'll cover the D and G string with my index or
the G and B with my ring finger and the left over string with my second finger.
I learned to play in the 70's before the internet told me I was doing it wrong.
So what ever works for you is the way to do it.
Just remember to have fun and don't get hung up on right and wrong.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #85 on: August 12, 2018, 03:13:50 pm »
I'm in Stage 2 of beginner now but still struggle with the A chord. The problem seems to be that my guitar has a fairly thick neck (was a gift), I have fairly small hands and the skin on the hand along the pinky literally mutes out the lowest string. Furthermore, I don't manage to press down the string with the index finger properly. So I need to completely change my grip just for this one chord, which is fairly uncomfortable so I cannot play constantly like this. Any suggestions?

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #86 on: August 12, 2018, 03:29:23 pm »
These days I usually use the "barre" method with the index finger fretting all three strings.
On a good day I can avoid the high e string as well.

I don't think there is a right or wrong way - if it works for you it's right.
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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #87 on: September 15, 2018, 07:50:55 pm »
Hello!

I've been learning how to play since February, but last month I started trying to play the A chord so I could play Hey Joe. Sadly, I feel like I've hit a brick wall on this one. It's been so frustrating that it's actually gotten to the point where I feel I'm making more progress with the F chord and B7 than with the A. I can change to it fast enough that I can play Hey Joe the whole way through, but about 30-40% of the time the A chord won't come out very well.

The problem I have is that about half the times I make an A chord, the D string will buzz. Sometimes, when I do manage to get it to sound properly, I have to use soo much strength on my first finger that it will start to hurt (expecially when I'm practicing at a slower rate). I know that the likely solution is to just keep practicing, but does anyone have any tip or have been through the same problem? Or is it that I'm just not being patient enough? I'm posting mainly because I'm worried that I may be practicing it the wrong way, as this is the only chord that still makes my finger hurt.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #88 on: September 15, 2018, 08:09:16 pm »
@ Shalo

which version of A are you playing (fingering, fret position etc)?

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #89 on: September 15, 2018, 09:00:54 pm »
I've been playing it with the 123 fingering on the open position.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #90 on: September 15, 2018, 09:06:47 pm »
A is one of the first three chords to learn so I'm surprised you've only just got to it if starting in February.

Anyway, too much pressure is not good.
Ease off.
Play just that string and pluck it successively as you push your finger down in tiny, tiny increments of increasing pressure until you get the note ringing out.
Then push further.
You will hear the note go dead and sharp.
It doesn't require much pressure to fret a note.
The same with chords.
If you're pushing harder something about your finger placement or hand positino is wrong.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #91 on: September 15, 2018, 09:10:51 pm »
Alright, thanks for the advice! I'll try to watch the lesson again tomorrow and try to apply less pressure.

I only learned the A chord recently because my teacher didn't show it very early on. If I recall correctly, I think the first few chords I was taught where G, Cadd9 , D, C and Am. Since then I've learned a handful more, but the A chord was really the one giving me the most trouble.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #92 on: September 16, 2018, 12:19:37 am »
I couldn't get the 123 position to work, my fingers are to big, so I do the  213, and after many months I still get the d string buzz (finger 1), I have to really tuck that finger 1 under the other two to get it as close as possible to the fret. When I get it right it takes very little pressure.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #93 on: September 16, 2018, 12:59:32 am »
 Try 2 fingers to cover the three strings. Either the index and second or second
and ring. Been playing my open A like that for over 40 years. Don't let anyone
tell you it's wrong. Or you can barre all three string with one finger. Just don't
play the high e string or mute it.both methods are perfectly Okay.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #94 on: September 16, 2018, 01:47:29 pm »
Thank you all very much. I'll try the different suggestions you three gave. Hopefully I'll have improved my A chord a bit by the time I'm able to play Yellow Submarine and Time of Your Life with the recording. Justin's lesson on That's All Right Mama is almost begging that I learn it after these two.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #95 on: December 13, 2018, 12:08:02 pm »
In the a chord I have to push too much pressure on my 1st finger. And When I do that my 3rd finger kind of mutes the 1st string . Can anyone help me out

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #96 on: December 13, 2018, 01:52:10 pm »
In the a chord I have to push too much pressure on my 1st finger. And When I do that my 3rd finger kind of mutes the 1st string . Can anyone help me out

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #97 on: February 02, 2019, 10:39:48 pm »
I'm having one hell of a time with the A chord. It all has to do with my first finger on the G string. I just can't seem to get it far enough away from the fret to not buzz.

I bought Justin's complete beginners course about three years ago and practiced for a month or so, life got in the way and I stopped. I'm just picking it back up again and am having the same issue with A that I had then. I'm actually please that I'm going from D to E and back a LOT better than I did three years ago, pretty excited about that, but this A thing is frustrating. Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong or is this just a common thing that will work itself out?

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #98 on: February 02, 2019, 11:23:09 pm »
Spin

Good to see you're hanging in there, welcome back. Assuming you using Justin's fingering, its difficult to suggest anything apart from laying your fingers down real slow, when doing the strum/pick/strum routine. Get that right before adding it to chord changes.

If you can, pictures may help identify what you're doing and maybe folks can off specific advice.

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Re: BC-112 • The A Chord
« Reply #99 on: February 03, 2019, 12:36:51 pm »
Maybe you can try lighter strings

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