I bought the nirvana unplugged, and I saw the tablature say this,

A -----------
E ------3---

How would I play this?

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That tablature doesn't say anything about skipping strings.

An "O" on a strong means you play that open string without fretting it.

From what you have written it looks like you aren't playing the A string. If that's the case just mute it with the finger playing the 3rd fret on the low E.

To do this, just let it rest on the A string - many people do this by accident when learning, anyway.

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    I do this almost all the time; the low G and B together can get really harsh and muddy when distortion is involved; 3x0033 can be even better, since it's just roots and fifths.
    – Dave
    Sep 10, 2016 at 14:34
  • @Dave - wouldn't have thought open chords would be used with distortion much, there's not a lot of control over them compared to barred chords.
    – Tim
    Sep 10, 2016 at 15:39
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    Some work well, Tim. While my rhythm guitarist focuses on core fifths, I often use chords that would be considered much more jangly. It works well in certain conditions
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Sep 10, 2016 at 20:53
  • Wouldn't have associated the term jangly with distorted chords!
    – Tim
    Sep 11, 2016 at 13:39
  • As an example, have a listen to This Kiss by Metaltech. I'll pop a link up later but on small mobile right now. Rhythm uses 2 string power chords in the verse and chorus, but I'm mostly playing 5, 6 and 7 string chords - both barre and partial with some open strings. It helps round out the sound a little.
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Sep 11, 2016 at 13:42

This is a simple open G chord, with the B note usually on the A string not played. One way is to touch the A string with the pad of the finger you press the bottom string down with,(most likely middle), so it's muted. It is a technique used a lot by guitarists, particularly when playing jazz chords, where a string in the middle, for instance, isn't needed. Another way is to pluck all 5 notes with thumb and 4 fingers - it's an acquired art, but worth working on, and particularly tricky when trying to hold a pick! Pick between index and thumb gives you 3 spare fingers, and who'd notice a missing string in the middle of the chord?

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