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GUEST,Some bloke Chord Diagrams Exclude Bass E string? (23) RE: Chord Diagrams Exclude Bass E string? 31 Oct 18

Eventually you will tune it to D for 99% of your songs and wonder what all the fuss was about.

The many ďthree chords are all you need!Ē books and websites dumb down a beautiful instrument. In fairness, itís more to do with knowing where to begin a strum or picking phrase, as some of the diagrams acknowledge that beginners may think you have six strings therefore every string must be plucked.

The E as a bass pedal doesnít really work for many ďshapesĒ and if it wasnít for the blues / rock playing in E, Iím sure it would be D as a standard.

Incidentally, I have always made use of my thumb. For simple first position chords, try it. If I am playing a D, I usually ďthumbĒ F# etc. F for F if barre chords arenít your thing. You mention Am. Pinky finger on the G.

A guitar is such a chromatic instrument in normal tuning, itís a shame to be rigid. Experiment. If it sounds good, use it. A nerd like me may point out thatís be use itís augmented, suspended or some other reason why it sounds nice but donít get hung up.

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