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Not really, the fingers should be all you need. For example, to notate the cross on a scale, indicating "1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5" suffices to indicate a thumb-under-3 cross. And since you can pretty safely assume that each finger in order is going to play each note, you can leave out everything except the crosses. For an ascending C major scale in the right hand, ...


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If your guitar has a fat/wide neck, you can try to position your thumb parallel to where your index finger is when barring. Make sure it's flat against the neck, with mostly the force on the joint of your thumb. You can also try changing to lighter string gauges and making sure your guitar has proper setup and action.


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There's nothing wrong with barring all the strings on an A shape chord. In fact, there's nothing wrong with playing all six strings. It just gives the 2nd inversion of the chord, which can sound just as good in some songs. You could consider playing strings 2,3 and 4 in different ways. The most common is with 3 fingers, obviously middle, ring and pinky. ...


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Yes, you are. For complete beginners, it is way easier to use the thumb on a black key than to deal with the massive complication of a change of position, and at the slow tempo and extremely easy texture of the piece, there isn't much risk of damage through hours of practicing in an unergonomic position.



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