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Thread: How to handle Am7, the natural open chord in standard tuning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    [...] I certainly an not ridged in my playing.
    Like Ruffles? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    Like Ruffles? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
    Good catch.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.
    There's more than one road into Richmond. Lil' Rev
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LEY9E_W5sw

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    I just open my fingers and the neck lays against my open hand. If you are relying on your fretting hand to hold your Uke, I reckon you are doing it incorrectly. The fretting hand should be able to move up and down the neck freely. Check out some tuition vids on holding the instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    On further observation, if you bar the first fret with your thumb on the back of the neck, the just rotate everything, ninety degrees, you are there.

    Thanks, Rllink!! I tried making my barre, rotating 90 degrees around the neck and then back, and I can almost pull it off! With some practice I think I'll be able to make this work.

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    An exercise to try is to let go completely with your fretting hand and hold the uke in place with your strumming arm, like holding a baby with one arm. Then try to fret some notes without clamping your thumb on the neck, just press hard enough to get the string to ring. I have not been able to make it work for a barre chord, but it can be done for C F G and Am, enough chords to set up a nice sounding practice progression. The exercise works best with a soprano or concert sized uke.

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    At first I didn't understand what you guys were talking about because I use beautiful hand-tooled leather straps. For you guys I removed the strap and played bareback. I jammed around with the blues in A minor. For the A minor dom7 I instinctively just moved my index finger above the nut and held the neck with my thumb at the base of the headstock and my index finger touching the strings above the nut just for balance, and obviously not hard enough to bend the strings. So that's just what I do when faced with your dilemma.

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