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Having slowly come to grips with E shape barre chords I'm now grappling with A shaped ones. The two popular fingerings I have seen involve one finger each on the 2, 3, 4 strings or alternatively using the ring finger across all three strings. I'm struggling with both but am having a slightly easier time with a hybrid fingering involving the pinkie on the 2 string and the ring finger across the 3, 4 strings. However I haven't seen this taught anywhere. Before I put in too much practice I'm just wondering if technically there are any problems in using this fingering or if it will cause me any problems down the line.

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My advice would be to practice all ways of playing each chord shape as some will be useful in some positions but not in others, for example when playing that shape at the 19th fret I can't use three fingers- they just won't fit, so I tend to cram in whatever fingers feel comfortable depending on what chords come before or after.

You may find it more useful in the long run to practice with middle, ring, pinky as this makes it very easy to play barre versions.

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In Flamenco you'll find the A played with two fingers or A-shaped barre with three fingers. So there is nothing wrong playing it this way if it suits your needs right.

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