After having giving up on learning acoustic guitar years ago, I feel like learning it again (and sing to my wife). I did a bit research and then bought a Squire electric starter pack. I have access to acoustic video lessons and I've been trying to implement the acoustic guitar lessons on my electric guitar. But the frets on the electric guitar are small and I cannot properly form the chords that the tutor teaches.

  • So I plan to change the fingers to suit myself for forming some of the chords as opposed to what the tutor teaches. For instance, fingers 1,2,3 for Amaj instead of 2,1,3. Is that a good strategy?
  • If that is not a good habit, should I subscribe to the lessons targeted for electric guitars only? Is FenderPlay or GuitarTricks.com a good place to get the online lessons, if not do you pros have any suggestions for online lessons?
  • Thank you for your suggestion, @YourUncleBob. But I am limited by the budget since I recently bought the Squire. – canctaurpisc Jun 28 at 23:46
  • Since you are limited by the budget, one of the things you could probably do is replacing the neck. I am not a guitarist myself, but I assume it is a possibility. Other than that, I guess, you could use a program like Guitar Pro to find alternative chord pickings. I do not think either will affect your learning adversely. – Pyromonk Jun 28 at 23:57
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    One of the reasons for that A fingering is easy switching to D or E (keeping your index finger on the G string). If you can easily switch between the alternatively fingered A and other chords, then it shouldn't be a problem. – Your Uncle Bob Jun 29 at 0:08

No matter what, you should feel free to adjust fingerings to suit your fingers, your guitar, and your playing style. I recommend to my students that they always try the suggested fingerings but never feel like they are required fingerings.

To me, playing guitar is much more personal than the other instruments I’ve played, in that the techniques vary a lot from player to player. As a teacher, my main goal for technique has always been to help the student avoid injury and help them find what works for them. When teaching yourself, I suggest you do the same.

  • Thank you @Todd Wilcox. I really appreciate your insights. That helps a lot for me. – canctaurpisc Jul 8 at 23:50

Techniques and styles are both personal to guitar and bass players like myself. When I was young the rules was to do it this way or don't do it at all. I've always tended to be a maverick about music. My fingering is usually different from most seasoned players. They sometimes comment on my way of doing things. But by the end of the gig they usually agree I do it well. Don't fall into the trap of there is a right or wrong way. There may be better techniques that work for most people, but it is not etched in stone. For instance I play bass guitar with a thick felt pick and wear a glove on my fretting hand. Like I said by the end of the night they usually start asking me where to get that stuff themselves. Many people emulate great players in bands only to find out they may or may not be able to do it that way. But, my ways sound just like them. I just get there by other means.

  • Thanks for sharing your experience Richard. I will have to adapt to my own ways to play correctly particularly because one of my finger is crooked because of a previous accident and can't place it properly on the neck like most people would. Your answer really motivates me from getting discouraged and just developing my own ways to play the guitar. – canctaurpisc Jul 8 at 23:57

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